Lockdown easy walnut shell craft: bitter gourd

bitter gourd
Image by Samir Khanal from Pixabay

The bitter gourd (or bitter melon, if you please) is here to take away your bitterness and lift your spirits during the Global lock down and isolation due to the corona virus! After all, what better way to ward off your boredom and loneliness than to indulge in your favorite, walnutshell craft?

Hope you do have your stock of walnut shells. Take both halves of one and start making a glittery bitter gourd. Here’s how:

Materials required to make the bitter gourd:

  • one whole walnut shell
  • a piece of string or wire (green)
  • paper
  • glue
  • green paint
  • varnish
  • glittery green sequins or crystals

Process steps:

  1. Insert the bit of green wire or string between the two halves of the walnut shell and seal it with glue. This will form the long tail of the bitter gourd.
  2. Make two small cones of paper and fix them with glue on either side (long edge) of the walnut shell. This is to shape our bitter gourd. The pictures below should make this clear.
  3. Next, paint them all green.
  4. When the paint dries, apply a coat of varnish. The varnish will seal the paint and make the product durable.
  5. Once the varnish dries, dot the walnut shell and its paper caps with glue and stick on the crystal pieces.

green wire stuck between two halves of the walnut shell

paper caps for the bitter gourd shape Paint it all green

Bitter gourd from a walnut shell

Here’s a video showing you exactly how it was made:

If you’d rather make a prehistoric animal, take a look at this stegosaurus.

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