Pom-Poms and Walnuts

We have a walnut tree in our yard and over the summer I pondered what kind of fruit was growing on our walnut tree.  I'm a city girl and had no idea that walnuts hang in a pod.  A pod that can fool a city girl into believing they are apricots.  Sure enough, the pods started to fall from the tree and would pop open as they hit the ground and out rolled walnuts!  We picked the rest and popped them out of their pods and dried them for a few days by the fire.  Since then we have been enjoying them in salads but still have quite a few left.

My Mom is here visiting and she suggested putting them in a vase to anchor some branches.  I'm eager to get our Christmas tree but have yet to see a tree lot so this little branch arrangement will tide me over until then.  Do the French tend to buy their trees later in the month and keep them into January?  Many holiday traditions have changed for us this year, including cutting down our tree the first weekend in December.


vase, walnuts, bare branches, pom pom maker (can buy at a yarn shop or many craft stores), yarn

To Make:  Simply follow the instructions on the package of the pom pom maker or watch one of the many You Tube videos on making yarn pom poms.