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walnut boats

  • walnuts halved, with nut removed
  • fabric remnants (or you can use leaves)
  • small twigs
  • craft glue
  • Blu tak or plasticine 
  • an egg carton
  • beeswax
  • saucepan
  • metal bowl
  • small pouring cup

1. Cut the small swatches of fabric into diamond shapes. Fold over the top of the twig to form a triangular shaped sail and glue the sides together.

2. Prepare the walnut halves by placing them, hollow-side up, in the egg carton. This is to keep them stable when pouring the wax in step four. Add the twig sails to the centre, forming a mast. Secure them in place with a small ball of Blu Tak or plasticine on the bottom.

3. Boil a saucepan of water on the stovetop and turn the heat down once simmering. Place the metal bowl on top and melt the wax inside, ensuring no water enters the bowl. Never leave the wax unattended as it can heat quite quickly.

4. Once the wax is melted, carefully transfer it into the small spouted cup and immediately pour into the walnut shells. The wax begins to solidify very rapidly, so this step needs to happen quite quickly.

5. Leave wax to set for approximately half an hour and then set sail! Perhaps in the bathtub, a container, a puddle or a creek. 

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