Sep 20, 2012

fall craft tutorial: make a chestnut worm!

while looking for chestnut-related crafts i had found this cute idea. i really thought we would go for chestnut bugs, but then i remembered how fascinated the little man had been upon watching a rainworm in the park last sunday. in addition, the junebug had gotten a wooden toy in the shape of a worm that he was interested in as well. most of all, i really wanted to use up as many chestnuts as possible. so, instead of making chestnut necklaces (maybe next time!), we made a worm.

this is what you need:
•  as many chestnuts as you like to make a worm of the desired length, plus one bigger one for the head
•  a pair of craft eyes to glue on
•  glue
•  something to "drill" through the chestnuts, i used a large nail
•  string or yarn, and a blunt needle

the little man enjoyed pulling the yarn through the chestnuts with a needle, mama's job was the drilling.

i'm  thinking of taking it a step further next time and make a chestnut octopus :)  but for now here he is, our chestnut-worm!

would you like some more fall/autumn project ideas for kids?
here are additional nature crafts:

•  making leaf art in fall - creative fun for all ages
•  waxing leaves - make the fall colors last in your home


simona said...

what a fun project, i love it! That is such a cool self-made toy to play with, and how neat that he got to help make it!

Kim Corrigan-Oliver said...

Love this!

Iris said...

How cute! My son collected a whole bag of chestnuts today and now I know what we will do with them tomorrow :)

Doro von Hand zu Hand said...

they're really cute!
thanks for sharing your tutorial! i set a link and hope you agree.

best wishes, doro von Hand zu Hand

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