Easy steps to make a bald old man with a walnut shell

So, I made this cute old man with a single walnut shell. He serves as a key chain ornament. A friend liked it a lot and wanted one for a dangler on her handbag. Cool, isn’t it?

What did I use to make the old man?

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  • A whole walnut shell
  • A piece of string, made into a loop (so the old man may dangle from any place)
  • Glue
  • Strands of white cotton twine (for hair)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Gloss (for the shiny pate)
  • pistachio shells for feet (optional)
  • Beads for eyes and nose

And how did I make him?

walnut shell bearded old manThe first and vital step, is to join the pieces of the broken walnut shell together, with the loop of string inserted between them.  That done and dried, the rest is easy:

  1. Rub on the gloss or vanish and let dry.
  2. Decide which side is to be the face, then stick the eyes and nose in position.
  3. Now you know the position of the mustache and beard. Cut the strands of white cotton string into size and glue them on carefully. This needs more patience than skill as you have to wait for the glue to dry before sticking on more. When all the little strands are attached and the glue is dry, trim the strands to get the perfect shape you desire. I let them be in disarray because I didn’t want the old man to be a neat and tidy old, guy. I made another – a clean shaven one, which I will show you in a minute.
  4. Finally the tiny strands around the back of the head – accentuate his baldness.
  5. This is an optional step – paining some clothes on him.
  6. Painted pistachio shells may be glued to the bottom to make his shoes.

That’s it! The good old bald man is ready to dangle from a bad or key chain!

Now, as promised, here’s another bald old man without beard.

Bald old man - walnut shell

Let me know if you like him and make one for yourself.

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