This is a fun and entertaining kids Christmas craft that will create handmade decorations for the Christmas tree and have your family enjoying delicious pistachio nuts as part of the Yuletide season. Show the kids how to create mini Christmas wreaths with the pistachio shells.
Materials Needed for Kids Christmas Craft
* Pistachio nut shells (whole opened shells with nuts removed, 10 per mini wreath)
* Craft paint in Yuletide colors ( red, green, gold or white)
* Small, flat, craft paint brush
* Red or green embroidery thread (quilting thread will work too)
* White satin ribbon, ¼ inch wide
* Hot glue gun and glue sticks
* 3mm beads in Yuletide colors (optional)
* Material to cover work surface (newspaper, butcher’s paper, etc.)
**10 pistachio nut shells will create a mini wreath that measures about 2 ½ inches across.
Craft the Pistachio Shell Mini Christmas Wreath
Cover work surface and begin crafting the mini Christmas wreaths by gluing the bottom sides of 10 pistachio shells together to form a circle. Place the shell base towards the wreath’s center and opened ends of the shells towards the outside wreath edge, put a dot of hot glue near the bottom of the shell base only. Lay wreath flat and allow the glue to dry.
When the glue has dried, paint the pistachio shells in the Yuletide color of choice, using the craft paint and small, flat paint brush. Let paint dry thoroughly, then glue 3mm beads (if being used) between the pistachio shells, 10 beads per mini wreath
Tie and Hang Pistachio Shell Mini Christmas Wreaths
Cut the embroidery thread (or quilt thread) into 12 inch lengths to create hanging loops for each mini wreath. Fold the thread in half, knot the ends together and make an overhand loop between two of the pistachio shells, insert the knotted end of the thread and pull to tighten. This will create a hanging loop so the pistachio mini wreaths can be suspended on the limbs of the Christmas tree.
Cut the white sating ribbon into 10 inch lengths to create the finishing bow for the mini wreaths. Tie the lengths of satin ribbon into small bows and glue one to the bottom of each mini wreath. The kids Christmas craft is completed and ready to become a hanging Christmas tree decoration, or suspended from a window or garland.
Pistachio nut shells, paint, glue, thread and ribbon will keep kids entertained creating mini Christmas wreaths for Christmas decorations to enjoy at home or share with others.