Crafts with chestnuts: make your own chestnut men

The sharp skin, the hidden fruit inside, the velvety chestnut itself – chestnuts have always fascinated children. The joy is all the greater when the first chestnuts fall from the trees in autumn. Armed with a bucket or basket, you can go out and gather chestnuts on a beautiful autumn afternoon.

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Not only collecting is fun, but also the subsequent processing. In daycare or at school, children like to make figures out of chestnuts. There is also great joy here at home when it comes to applied art.

Basic equipment for crafts with chestnuts

You don’t need much to make these autumn creatures: toothpicks, skewers or matches, some liquid glue, wobbly eyes and a hand drill are enough to put together your own chestnut family. Hot glue can also be used and the chestnut figures can be made even more lively with a little paint or permanent markers. If you don’t have a hand drill within reach, you can, for example, improvise with a corkscrew or a thin nail or choose the “glue only” variant.

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Holes are made in the nut-like fruits with the hand drill, then the limbs are attached to the male, for example like matches. Some hobbyists also like to use pipe cleaners for their arms and legs. Alternatively, two chestnuts can be connected to the skewers. The “leg” is stuck on one side in the body and on the other in the chestnut man’s shoe. That is why it is good to collect chestnuts of different sizes.

The pill makers can give free rein to their creativity: Fantasy creatures or animals such as deer, ants, hedgehogs, snails, turtles, caterpillars and much more can be created.

For arts and crafts, always use chestnuts that are as fresh as possible. These are even softer and can therefore be pierced more easily. Ideally, you even save yourself the pre-drilling and can insert the toothpick directly into the chestnut.

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Creative chestnut figures – with acorns, leaves and beech nuts

Crafts don’t have to be limited to just chestnuts. Use acorns, chestnuts, beech nuts, pine cones, leaves, berries, twigs or other natural materials of your choice. Because the combination can be used to create many beautiful works of art. For example, acorn is the perfect face for a horse, dog or reindeer with a chestnut body.

If the adults help the children with the fine work, unique figures can be created. Especially with the drill, children should not be left alone.

You are welcome to be creative and try new things. The chestnut shell is great for making a hedgehog, a turtle, a hat or armor. Blades can be transformed into ears, shields or superhero capes. With a red berry, figures get a bright red nose and the fruit cups, also called acorn hats, become hats or feet.

Here, for example, a chestnut, two acorn hats and some felt have been turned into cute owls.

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Some colors can be brought into play with colored threads and painted chestnut colors. The chestnuts must be drilled through from side to side so that the strings can penetrate.

Special shapes can also be conjured from very few materials. Only chestnuts and toothpicks were used for these chestnut cats.

And for all little hobbyists with a little patience: With a snail made of plasticine, a simple chestnut becomes a snail shell in no time.

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Paint chestnuts instead of stones

Painting rocks has almost become a summer must-do. In the autumn version, you can also simply paint chestnuts. In whole or in part, just as you want. This is how chestnuts get a lovely face, filigree decorations or are completely transformed into pumpkins.

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Tinkering with chestnuts – there is another way

If you don’t feel like making simple chestnut men or animals, don’t write off the chestnuts too early. Because you can use chestnuts as a design element in very different ways.

Together with a piece of cardboard, a pen, googly eyes and chocolate chips (or colored stones), chestnuts can become such a simple work of art.

For kids who love math more than crafts, try this chestnut figure.

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Even the coolest kids shouldn’t find these chestnut figures too kitschy. With plenty of natural materials and a bit of drawing skill, you can create your own little chestnut world.

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