This is a perfect all-natural Autumnal, weaving craft using a conker (or a chestnut), a beechnut and some raffia.
[My lovely Dutch friend Tineke is guest posting this idea today and says she used to do this as a traditional Dutch activity when she was a child!]
To make this craft you will need:
- a conker/ chestnut
- cocktail sticks or bbq skewers
- a beechnut
- black card
- First of all make 6 holes in the conker with a sharp tool. (I don’t know what this one is called but a metal skewer should work fine.)
- Then put cocktail sticks into the holes and cut off the sharper ends.
- Tie raffia or wool to one of the cocktail sticks and start to weave it between the sticks by twisting it once around each one, then pulling it on to the next. Twist again and continue until it quickly builds up into a little web pattern.
For the spider:
- Cut out a little spider shape from black card.
- Then, take the top of a beechnut and stick it to the card spider using glue to make it seem hairy and scary! Either draw on eyes or stick on little googly eyes for greater effect.
- Stick the spider somewhere on the web and use another piece of raffia to hang it up! All done.
What a lovely activity idea for slightly older children this autumn!
Thank you Tineke for sharing your idea here. Tineke doesn’t have a blog (but should!)
maggy, red ted art says
Oh my, I have seen conker spiderwebs before…. but never ever one so lovely! Makes me want to go off and do one (which the other’s haven’t done!). Gorgeous! Fab Guest Post Tineke!!!!
Jamie @ hands on : as we grow says
ooo, I’ve been looking for spider web crafts, this is so neat! I love all the materials you used. Beautiful! A wonderful friend you have Anna!
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Yes I do! She’s very clever isn’t she? 🙂
Brilliant – I’ve love spider webs and like variations on them. We’ve spent the morning making threading ones with my toddlers. Tineke that’s amazing.
What a cute craft. We don’t have conkers in the states (at least not in our area). Do you have any ideas of what we could replace the “middle” with? Love the finished product!
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Do you have chestnuts Rachel? I think they would work the same, although I’m not sure what size they are? Conkers are from Horse Chestnut trees so perhaps they are a very similar size and type anyway? hope you can find some to try it!
KAREN GREEN says
I don’t know if we have conkers in Australia either but I will think of something! This is a lovely idea with the raffia! Thanks for sharing!
Messy Kids says
We don’t have Conkers in California. I’d have to purchase chestnuts from the Asian market but I think they are too small. I really like this craft, it’s lovely. I think the weaving would keep my daughter busy. Rachel, I wonder if we could do something similar with spiky balls (those spiky seed pods off of maple trees)???? Might make an interesting substitute. Tineke, thanks for sharing with all of us!
Emma @mummymummymum says
How fab! Something else to do with all my conkers! x
Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses says
This is fantastic! This would be a great display on an autumn nature table as well. I’m pinning this. Thank you for sharing. Both of you 🙂
Kristin@Sense of Wonder says
I’m not sure what a conker is, but maybe we could do it with an avocado pit. They kind of look the same. This is very cute. It kind of takes the creepy our of the spider.
..as for the tool,is it called an awl?
What a clever idea!
I love it!
Brooke (Siayla) says
Just found your blog via Crafty crow and I am looking forward to reading back posts! The raffia is a great idea for a spider web!!! LOVE it!
Kimira Curic says
trying with avocado seeds