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Fall Mantel with Walnut Garland

Growing up on the farm, we had a huge walnut tree that dropped what seemed like thousands of walnuts each year!  Over the years, I’ve used walnuts in my home decor.   From gilded silver walnuts on my Christmas tree to using walnuts as a filler in the base of a lantern.  But, today, I’m going to show you how I made a walnut garland for my fall mantel.


Pretty Fall Mantel with DIY Walnut Garland


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This walnut garland is easy to make and could also be used decoratively like the popular wood bead garland.  This fall mantel also features the mirror that I made to look antiqued, similar to ones they sell on Anthropologie.  


Cheese Pumpkins

They’re such a pretty color and I loved the shape of the larger one!  


Fall Mantel


A great way to use faux fall branches to make them look more realistic, is to remove the leaves and glue them to a real branch.  It’s a trick I used here with this arrangement of branches in a rustic urn.  I also used some realistic, but faux bittersweet that I intermixed with some grapevine scattered across the top of the mantel.  I absolutely love real bittersweet, but it’s really messy and is poisonous to cats.  So, it’s a no-no at my house!


DIY Walnut Garland on Mantel


Now, let’s make the real statement piece on this mantel, the walnut garland! 


You need three things for this walnut garland


a drill with a 3/32 drill bit

coated cord used for jewelry making

The first thing you need to do is drill holes in the walnuts.  This is so easy to do and doesn’t take long at all!  You’ll need about 30 walnuts to make a nice sized garland (the size of the lower row on the mantel).  The photo below shows how I set up my drill to make this process easy!


Drill set up to drill hole in walnut

I used my large marble cutting board and laid the drill on its side.  Then, I held each walnut and carefully drilled through the top to the bottom.
Drill hole through walnut
Now, use the coated cord to string the walnuts.  Because the coated twine is stiff, it feeds through the walnuts without needing a needle.
String walnut
Continue stringing walnuts until it reaches your desired length.  To finish off the ends of the garland.  I place a knot in the end and use a tiny dot of hot glue to seal the hole of the last walnut.  Display your walnut garland in the way you would display a wood bead garland!  That could be draped across a mantel or as an accessory on a tabletop.
Easy Walnut Garland


Friday 16th of October 2020

Thanks for sharing your old post because I hadn't seen this one. I do have a question. Did the drill holder come with the drill or did you purchase that separately?

Doreen Cagno

Friday 16th of October 2020

It's part of the drill. Thanks for asking!

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