Chestnut figures: 5 ideas for crafts

chestnut figures
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With chestnut figures we bring a piece of nature and autumn into the house. We’ll show you five great craft ideas and instructions.

For all small and big hobbyists, autumn offers a lot of natural materials with which great handicrafts can be made. We present five ideas on how to make decorative figures out of chestnuts.

The basics for chestnut figures

These are the basic materials you need for crafting:

  • chestnuts
  • hand drill
  • toothpicks/matches
  • Glue/Hot Glue Gun

5 craft ideas for chestnut figures

1. A snake made of chestnuts

chestnut snake

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Additional tools:

  • needle and thread
  • matches
  • permanent marker

Depending on how long you want the snake to be, you need 6 or more chestnuts. That’s how it’s done:

  1. Pierce all the chestnuts that belong to the body with the hand drill.
  2. Now thread them all with a needle and thread. Tie a knot at each end to keep the fruit from slipping off.
  3. For the head you drill a hole in another chestnut, but not all the way through, just enough to insert a toothpick. At the top of the first chestnut of the snake’s body, you also drill a small hole for the toothpick.
  4. Draw a face on the chestnut with the marker.
  5. Put the chestnut head on a toothpick and connect it to the body by inserting the other end of the pick there. Shorten the toothpick if it is too long.

2. Chestnut figure moose

chestnut figure moose

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Additional tools:

  • acorn lid
  • 2 sheets
  • googly eyes

That’s how it’s done:

  1. In one of the two required chestnuts you drill four small holes on the underside and one on the upper side.
  2. Now put a match in each of the holes, the bottom four will then become the legs of the moose.
  3. Drill a hole on the bottom side of the second chestnut as well. Put this on the body.
  4. Glue the eyes on the head in the middle of the area, as well as the glans lid below.
  5. Finally, attach the two leaves to the back of the head with glue.

3. Chestnut tree

chestnut tree

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Additional tools:

  • any number of acorn lids with stem
  • Wooden shish kebab skewer (alternatively strong craft wire)

That’s how it’s done:

  1. Start at the bottom: Drill three holes in the side of a chestnut and one in the top. The holes should not be continuous!
  2. Now drill a hole on the side of three more chestnuts.
  3. Then you connect the three chestnuts with the other chestnut (see step 1) with a size-adapted toothpick. This gives the tree stability.
  4. Pierce four more chestnuts with the hand drill so that the kebab skewer fits through. Pass the skewer through all of them.
  5. Another chestnut gets a hole for the kebab skewer – again: don’t drill all the way through.
  6. Drill many small, narrow holes and insert the stems with the acorn covers.
  7. Put the chestnut on the chestnut trunk.

4. Hare made of chestnuts

chestnut figure rabbit


Additional tools:

  • acorn lid
  • googly eyes
  • maple fruit

That’s how it’s done:

  1. Drill a hole in each of two chestnuts.
  2. Connect both with a toothpick.
  3. Glue the googly eyes to the front of the top chestnut and the maple fruit to the back.
  4. The acorn cover is glued to the back of the lower chestnut.

5. Chestnut beetle

chestnut figure beetle

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Additional tools:

  • 4 acorn covers
  • googly eyes
  • chestnut shell
  • 2 rowan berries

That’s how it’s done:

  1. Drill a hole in each of two chestnuts.
  2. Connect the two together with a toothpick.
  3. In the upper chestnut, drill two holes next to each other on the upper side.
  4. Put the rowan berries on two short toothpicks and put them in the two holes on the top side.
  5. Glue the googly eyes into the acorn caps and these in turn onto the front of the top chestnut.
  6. For the wings, break apart the skin of the fruit and glue one half to each side of the bottom chestnut.
  7. Last but not least, the feet: Glue two acorn caps side by side to the underside of the bottom chestnut.

Find more leaf craft ideas, wood crafts and plaster crafts here. And here are more ideas what you can do with chestnuts.


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