Walnut People

I first saw these sweet tiny folks in a Waldorf classroom.  They are super easy to make and provide wonderful play for a crisp Autumn day!
You will need the following supplies:  a strong tacky glue, walnuts, acorn caps, 1 inch wooden balls with an 1/2 inch hole (I used what I had on hand but it is nice to pick a wooden ball in relationship to the walnuts you are using), 1 inch wooden discs and scrap pieces of woolen cloth (I used clothing from a thrift store).
Step One:  Squeeze a dollop of glue on a wooden disc.
Step Two:  Place a walnut on the disc so that it sets securely. This is the plump body!
Step Three:  Apply glue to the edge of the wooden ball and set on top of the walnut.
This is the head.
Step Four:  Pick out an acorn cap and apply glue to the outer rim of the cap.
Place on top of the wooden ball as the hat.
Step Five:  Cut out a small rectangle of cloth.
Hold it up to the walnut figure to estimate size.  I like to round the corners.
Step Six:  Using a running stitch, gather the cloth.

Step Seven:  Tie thread around the neck of the walnut figure.  It is simple to make trees by gluing pine cones to a wooden disc.  Look for pine cones with a flat bottom.

Here’s a little fellow with a cape that is not gathered.  Have fun!

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Comments

  1. Gremlina says:

    these are adorable! Thanks for the directions. Looking forward to having your blog as a resource.

  2. Ginny says:

    These are fantastic! I love them! Thank you for sharing!

    • Sally says:

      I love Waldorf inspired things – they are always so simple but enchanting!

  3. Cori Spencer says:

    Sally you are the best thing that has happened to my teaching career in quite some time I thank the Fairies for you :)!

    • Sally says:

      Thank you! Big hugs!

    • Sally says:

      Thank you!!

  4. Coralie says:

    Beautiful idea!! I was thinking about peg dolls but these little nut people would be perfect with Autumn nature interests currently happening in class. Thank you!

  5. Louise van der Meulen says:

    I can’t wait to try these in the classroom!

  6. These little people are awesome, they will become a welcome addition to my natural experience environment, and the children will love making them. Thank you for more wonderful ideas.

  7. shelly says:

    We are going to make some little people with pine cones today. We will add them to our story garden, it’s a combination of your story table and the fairy doll house. Thanks for your ideas. I love them.

    • Sally says:

      What a fun idea! Making characters out of natural materials will really engage the children.

  8. Nezha says:

    I love your ideas, it’s inspiring, I will try it in my classroom. I won’t be able to use the walnuts ( free nuts policy) I will use small pine cones instead.
    Thank you so much.

    • Sally says:

      What a great idea! There is so much you can do with things found in nature!

  9. Sarah smith says:

    Any suggestions for a nut free version?

    • Sally says:

      Nezha had a great idea using pinecones! Any natural material will work and be just beautiful! Anyone else have ideas?

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