How to make a walnut shell car

This week’s project is making a car with half a walnut shell.

Take a look at these pictures of my walnut shell cars. Looks easy enough, no?

walnut shell car collage

So how to go about making a walnut shell car?

Materials required:

  • Half a walnut shell
  • Buttons or beads for wheels
  • Toothpicks (optional) for axles
  • Silver wrapping paper for glass
  • Beads or sequins for lights
  • Acrylic paint
  • Varnish

First thing: The walnut needs to be broken neatly into two halves. (There are many videos on You Tube showing you how to do this. But accept that you cannot get it right every time. )  Consume the kernel, by all means, and clean up the shell interior.

walnut cracked open empty walnut shell

Now select one half of the shell to make one car. Start off by painting the shell in the desired color and varnish it to get that glossy look. You can buy good quality, durable paint and gloss from Amazon.

Painted walnut shell varnished shell

To make the windshield/doors and window glasses, I have used cut outs of wrapping paper. You can also use silver foil, plastic or just paint.

car doors and window glass making the wheel and axle

Next come the wheels and axle. The axle is not really required. You can just stick the wheels to the sides of your car with glue, as I have done for my second car.

Second car buttons or beads

You can see that for my two cars, I have used two different items for the wheel – buttons and beads. I painted them all to get the black rims.

Wheels done, add lights and number plates, if you like.

So, what do you think? Ready to go places in your walnut shell car?

For those who would rather see the making on video, here it is:

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