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Nutty Boats

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Hold a regatta on your tabletop with these simple walnut ships whose colorful leaf sails come courtesy of the fall season.


  • Walnut shell
  • Leaf
  • Twig
  • Clay


  1. For each, you'll need an intact half of a walnut shell (see our tip below).
  2. Thread a leaf onto a twig for a mast and a sail. Secure the mast to the inside of the shell with a small ball of clay.


To open a walnut without breaking the shell (an adult's job), hold it steady on a cutting board, insert the tip of a flathead screwdriver or a butter knife into the flat end of the seam, and carefully pry the halves apart.