Giant LadyBirds and Dwarf Mice With Walnut Shells

Walnut shells are so versatile that we can make beautiful creatures simply by painting the shells with colors. Let’s see how we can make giant lady birds and dwarf mice with walnut shells.

Lady Bird beetles on a leafBut first, what are lady birds?

Lady birds or lady bugs are small beetles ranging in size from 0.8 to 18 mm (0.03 to 0.71 inches). According to National Geographic, there are about 5,000 different species of ladybirds in the world. They come in different colors and patterns and in many cultures, they are considered to bring good luck.

Obviously our walnut shells are much bigger than these tiny beetles and much smaller than a mouse. Hence, giant lady birds and dwarf mice.

Giant lady birds made of walnut shells Mouse made of walnut shell

What I used:

  • My imagination
  • Acrylic colors
  • Varnish (gloss)
  • Magnets
  • wooden beads
  • A piece of jute twine
  • Glue

That pretty much explains how I made the giant lady birds and dwarf mice with walnut shells -yes, I painted them with acrylic colors and applies a coat of varnish to make them look glossy.

To make the eyes of the mouse I used two little wooden beads, red in color. (Did you know? Mice or rats can have black, pink or red eyes.). The tail is made of my favorite jute twine.

These giant lady birds and dwarf mice can now be used as garden ornaments and fridge magnets.

To make a fridge magnet, stuff the hollow of the walnut shells with paper or cloth. Glue the paper or cloth to the inner surface of the shell so that it does not come off. Stick the magnet to the paper or cloth.

Walnut shell lady bug beetle brooch on a bagThe lady bugs (not mice!) can also be made into brooches. Here I stuck one on my tote bag. Makes my bag look pretty and colorful. Do you agree? Please drop a comment to let me know.

If you are visiting my blog for the first time, see also how to make miniature tribal masks and little green frogs – all with walnut shells and pistachio shells.



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