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Minnesota Art and Design:Sliced Black Walnut Shells - Making a Flower

Updated on February 9, 2017

Sliced Black Walnut

I have a couple saws built that cut my walnut shells for me. One cuts them into 1/4 inch slices and the other cuts them into 3/8 inch slices.

The slices are arranged in a couple circles and then, merged to create a one of a kind flower.

A Rose or Some Other Shape of Flower



It all started the other day, when a friend sent me a picture through social media of a flower that was made using slices from a tree branch. Since I have recently built a sawmill that slices black walnuts, I decided that my walnut slices would make a perfect flower shape if glued together.

Where Do You Get Sliced Walnut Shells?

You can get them from me. I have a kit that includes all pieces. It would be up to you to obtain wood glue.

Tutorial: How I Made Mine

Select seven flat slices. Lay in a circle. One in middle, six around sides.

Add glue to edge of middle slice and add glue to one side of each side piece.

When the seven pieces are all touching in the middle, use three pieces of tape as a clamp to steady the pieces as the glue dries so they maintain their shape.

Meanwhile, take an end piece, and place flat side down on your surface and position four slices leaning against it. Add glue to each leaning slice where it touches the end piece.

Let sit until the glue is dry.

Turn the piece over that has the end slice and put glue on the rough rounded edge of the middle nut. Place it on top of the circle with seven flat pieces, making sure that there is sufficient glue on the top and bottom pieces to create a bond.

Let that sit until the glue is dry.

The Base


The Top


Glue Top to Bottom


How About You

Do you like to do Do It Yourself Crafts

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If The Answer Was No

Would you like to order pre-made Flowers?

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Let's Imagine a Rose

A rose has petals, it has sharp, green pointed covers on the bud. So, when you have broken pieces of walnut shell, these can be placed on the bottom of your flower creation to make a rose.

Well - What Do You Think?


See How the Rose Has Pointed Green Horns


Let's See How I Did It

broken pieces are usable
broken pieces are usable | Source
A little wood glue
A little wood glue | Source
I started using tape to 'clamp' my work.
I started using tape to 'clamp' my work. | Source

Using a Form to Hold Petals

a form to steady while glue drying
a form to steady while glue drying | Source

Either Leave Rustic or Paint

color instructions
color instructions | Source


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful DYI project!

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you are really clever!