Kastanienmännchen-Bastelanleitung - Making animals with chestnuts

Figures and animals make chestnuts and nuts

Kastanienmännchen-Bastelanleitung - Making animals with chestnuts: chestnuts

Between September and the beginning of November the spiky shells open and the chestnuts fall to the ground. Then children and adults should not wait long and collect the still soft chestnuts, then let them spread out on a kitchen towel to dry. Then the crafts can begin.

Make fun animals with just a few materials Kastanienmännchen, Because crafting is very easy, even younger children can build creative figures with matches or toothpicks and other natural materials. In addition to the males can also fantasy animals, birds, farm animals and insects tinker.

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Hand drills and chestnut holders make it easier to drill holes in chestnuts (please click to enlarge).

In addition, the crafts of chestnut males promote fine motor skills and give children the opportunity to creatively implement their own ideas. In the following Bastelanleitungen We show you how to make great chestnut men and animals.

material list

  • chestnuts
  • Toothpicks or matches
  • acorns
  • Wackelaugen
  • Colorful construction paper
  • chestnut holder
  • Hand drills in different sizes
  • scissors
  • craft glue

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A bracket reduces the risk of slipping with the hand drill.

Drill holes in chestnuts

To prevent the toothpicks and matches from breaking, it is advisable to pre-drill the holes in the chestnuts. Think about which figures you would like to make from the chestnuts, as the shape determines the position and number of holes. Then put the chestnut in the chestnut holderin that the side to be drilled points upwards and fixes the mount. Now drill the holes in the chestnut with a hand drill. For openings on the other side, loosen the holder, turn the chestnut and screw it down again. Now you can make the holes on the other side.

Tip: Hand drills are available in different sizes. Always use one as thin a drill as possibleso that the toothpicks are stuck firmly in the chestnut.

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Drill small holes with a narrow hand drill.

Tips for handicrafts with chestnuts

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Chestnuts with wiggle eyes and hat

With chestnuts and other natural materials, such as acorns or linden seeds, can Children and adults the most different figures and animals tinker. Whether farm animals, insects or birds and males: Let yourself be inspired by our instructions and make many funny chestnut figurines.

Tip: To avoid mold, the chestnuts should be inspected for cracks after collection. Sort out damaged specimens and allow the remaining chestnuts to dry separately from the peels. Because they harden after long storage, you should start the crafting after drying, as long as the chestnuts are still soft.

Making chestnut males

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So that the male can stand, shallow chestnuts are suitable as feet.

A chestnut male tinker you

  • a big, round chestnut for the body,
  • two chestnuts with a flat side for the feet,
  • a small, round chestnut for the head.

You also need matches, a pair of shaky eyes, and construction paper for a hat.

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A tiny blob of craft glue is enough for the Wackelaugen

In the first step you drill a hole for the hull left, right and above in the middle. On the bottom you need two holes for the feet, Halve two toothpicks and place the halves in the big chestnut as arms and neck.

For long legs use two whole toothpicks. In the head is bored in the middle of the bottom and in the middle of the top of the feet.

After melding, test whether the chestnut male can stand. If it falls over, shorten the leg length if necessary or take a smaller chestnut for the head.

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Chestnut male with wobbly eyes

In the next step you put the male down and attach the Wackelaugen with craft glue. For the cap then draw a small circle on construction paper and cut it out.

Fold it once in the middle to a semicircle. Then fold it into a pointed hat as in the photo and glue the paper on the inside with glue. Finally, coat the edge of the hat with very little glue and gently press it on the head of the male.

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Drawing a circle for the hat

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Fold half circle

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Fold the hat in a cylindrical shape

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With little glue, the hat is attached to the figure

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Variation for a little chestnut male

In this chestnut male cut in half a small chestnut with a saw and use the halves as shoes. The bright area represents the face here which can also be decorated with wobbly eyes or with a felt-tip pen.

Spiny hedgehog

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A cute hedgehog made of toothpicks and chestnuts

If you want to make a cute hedgehog, you need it

  • a chestnut,
  • about 20-25 toothpicks,
  • a pair of shaky eyes.

Put the chestnut in the holder and drill several holes in their top, Then the holder is loosened and the chestnut turned on one side to drill holes on the side. - No holes are required on the bottom. Halve the toothpicks and put them in the entire hedgehog. Finally, glue two wobbly eyes to the front or scratch the eyes with a sharp object. Alternatively, they can also be painted with felt-tip pen.

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First, drill many holes in the back of the chestnut

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Insert spikes from toothpicks

Variant for a small hedgehog

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Small hedgehog made of chestnuts

If you want to make a small hedgehog for a hedgehog family, take a small chestnut with a flat bottom as possible and drill holes in the top as described above. Shorten the halved toothpicks or use matches instead. At the end, two small wiggle eyes are glued on.

Snake

To make a chestnut snake you need

  • many small and large chestnuts,
  • Toothpick,
  • a pair of shaky eyes,
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    red construction paper.

Start with the largest chestnut for the head and let the snake to the tail with small chestnuts getting narrower, Except for the head, which has only one opening at the back, drill a hole in each chestnut in the middle in front and behind. The tongue is cut out of red construction paper and glued to the top of the head before the eyes are fixed. Then halve the toothpicks and put the snake's limbs together. For a snake that is curling, for example, drill the holes on the left and behind, or on the front and on the right.

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The chestnuts become smaller towards the tail.

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Long line of chestnuts

Making pigs

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Of course you can with chestnuts too Farm Animals Tinker. Design this little piggy

  • two chestnuts,
  • three toothpicks,
  • pink construction paper,
  • a pair of shaky eyes,
  • a spiral from a pen.

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The curly tail is a spiral from a ballpoint pen

Four holes are drilled in the pig's trunk on the underside, into which you insert half a toothpick deep into each, so that the legs are as short as possible. If they are still too long, cut them off a little with scissors.

The hole for the head is drilled at the top center of the front. In addition, a hole is drilled on the back bottom of the head. For the face draw a pig's nose on pink construction paper and cut them out.

Then stick your nose and wobbly eyes on the face. After drying the glue you can bend the ear tips slightly forward. As the glue dries, drill on the back of the hull with a wide hand drill a hole for the Ringelschwänzchen, Turn the spiral into the opening and you have already made a pig from chestnuts.

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A cute piggy

Variant for lucky pigs

For a lucky pig, use a small hand drill to drill several adjacent small holes under the pig's nose and push one 1-cent coin into it. Another crafting idea for a lucky pig, which can be implemented with chestnuts, is ours New Year's Guide Craft lucky pigs yourself.

Sheep made of acorns and chestnuts

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A sheep with big eyes and long ears

Make a small flock of sheep with these materials:

  • An acorn without hat,
  • a chestnut,
  • two toothpicks,
  • a pair of shaky eyes,
  • brown construction paper.

The chestnut forms the body of the sheep, in which four oblique holes are drilled to the center as well as one centered on the top. Halve the toothpicks and put them in the openings.

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As wool, stick the chestnut with cotton wool.

For the head, remove the hat of the glans and drill the pointed end of the toothpick into the narrow side. Glue two shaky eyes before cutting out and sticking two long ears of brown construction paper. If you want, the sheep can still decorate with cotton wool.

For a herd tinker several large sheep according to the instructions above. For small lambs, take small chestnuts and acorns or halve them. Also, cut the toothpicks a little bit or use matches without a firing head.

dog

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Dog made of chestnuts, peel and linden seeds

A big dog with floppy ears is a little bit more elaborate than the other animals. For a "Knuddel-me" dog, who can give away as a gift or greeting, you need the following materials:

  • A big chestnut,
  • a medium chestnut,
  • three chestnut shells,
  • two matches,
  • two linden seeds.

As with the other animals, drill a central hole in the fuselage at the top and sides, and two at the bottom. To give the figure more stability, put a dab of glue in each hole. Insert two toothpicks for the arms or forelegs in, shorten the linden seed and glue it firmly. Then attach the head and feet shortened toothpicks, Cut the chestnut shells so that you get a hat and two long floppy ears and stick them firmly. With felt-tip pen you can paint face, claws and a fall greeting.

slug

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Children make a small snail out of two chestnuts

A snail can even younger children make with chestnuts and matches without a detonator. For toothpicks you should have previously cut off the tip. For a snail you need:

  • A big, round chestnut for the cottage,
  • a small, elongated chestnut,
  • a pair of shaky eyes,
  • three matches or two toothpicks.

On the front of the snail shell and on the back of the head, one hole is drilled in the middle. For the probes, drill two holes in the top of the head. Halve a toothpick and poke your head on the snail shell. Then stick two loose eyes and push in the matches or two toothpick halves as a feeler. If you want, you can use felt-tip pen to draw a spiral on both sides of the shell and use narrow chenille wire or short pipe cleaners for the feelers.

ant

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Ant of chestnuts

If you want to build small ants with chestnuts, take it

  • three little chestnuts,
  • four whole toothpicks for the legs,
  • two toothpick halves for the limbs,
  • four toothpick halves,
  • a pair of shaky eyes.

The body consists of a chestnut for the head and two or three chestnuts for the limbs, which are connected with a half-match. In the two chestnuts, which represent the beginning and the end of the body, drill a hole in the middle and slightly offset upwards. In this half toothpicks for the tail and the neck are set. Each limb gets two holes on the bottom for the legs, In the head two holes for the feelers and one for the nose are drilled. After inserting the toothpicks, stick the wobbly eyes.

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Variant: ant with bent feelers

For this ant the matches of the antennae and the tail become in the middle opened and his eyes were scratched into the chestnut with a toothpick.

Who wants to make a lifelike ant, takes three chestnuts for the body and composes the figure according to the above instructions. The toothpicks for tail and nose are omitted.

duck

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Take for a duck

  • two little chestnuts,
  • a little leaf,
  • a piece of acorn or chestnut.

The head and the trunk of the duck are each covered with a chestnut, which you connect with a match. In the lower chestnut is drilled in the middle in the middle and in the upper front in the middle a hole. Then you plug in the hull dried leaf, which serves as tail feathers. For the head, on which you stick shaky eyes or scratch two eyes with a sharp object, you need a beak, which you make from a quartered chestnut.

spider

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Make a spider out of it

  • a chestnut,
  • a pair of shaky eyes,
  • eight toothpicks.

Drill four holes each on the left and right side of the chestnut in the broken matches as legs be plugged. Then you put on shaky eyes or draw on the eyes with felt-tip pens.

bird

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If you want to make a little bird, you need these materials:

  • Two chestnuts,
  • two dried leaves,
  • a toothpick.

In both chestnuts a hole is drilled in the middle. Then connect both with a toothpick. Drill a hole in the lower chestnut in the middle of the left and right side. In these holes slide the dried leavesrepresenting the wings of the bird. For a better grip, you can also put a little glue in the openings.

Make nutcakes out of hazelnuts

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As a snack for in between, as a baking ingredient or for fall decorating: Nuts taste good and can be used in many ways. In particular, their shells are ideal for autumnal handicrafts.

There are various ways to make animals and other figures out of these natural materials in a short time. There are hardly any limits to your own imagination. Below is a detailed guide for crafting a squirrel made from different nuts.

materials

  • 2 hazelnuts
  • 1-2 brown pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun
  • felt-tip pen
  • if necessary brown handicraft felt

Make sure that when tinkering with children always an adult than supervisor is present when a hot glue gun is used.

Crafting instructions for a squirrel made of nuts:

Step 1: First, heat the hot glue and place one Glue stick in the hot glue gun and turn it on. The right temperature is reached after about eight to ten minutes.

2nd step:When the right temperature of the hot glue gun is reached, the tinkering can start. Place a large hazelnut with the round side down on the table and put a dab of glue on the top of the nut. Then take the second nut and glue it on the lower one. Now you already have that Body and the head tinkered with the squirrel.

3rd step:The curing of the glue takes about two to five minutes, Wait until the two hazelnuts stick together firmly and then use a felt-tip pen to paint a face on the head of the squirrel.

4th step:Now the squirrel's arms are being tinkered. Put that for that pipe cleaners around the place where the nuts were glued together and cut off the long end. In the following, the glue is applied with the hot glue gun and the pipe cleaner glued to the hazelnuts.

5th stepThen it's the squirrel's feet and tail's turn. To do this, bend the pipe cleaner in the middle and place the squirrel on the adjacent ends as a test. These should peek out from under the body a little to make them the right length. Now the last part of the pipe cleaner is bent upwards and the feet and the bushy cock attached to the hazelnuts with the hot glue gun.

6th step:Finally, cut off two small pieces from the second pipe cleaner and attach them as ears on the head of the squirrel, so on the upper hazelnut.

Tip: Alternatively, you can also make the ears and feet of the squirrel in brown felt and glue them on.

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