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!)