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conker necklace

Milo has become completely obsessed with horse chestnuts, and although Matt thought teaching him to play conkers was a grand idea, I did not, and so we compromised by making him a chestnut necklace.

You’ll Need

  • conkers
  • a hammer and nail or screw
  • something to thread the conkers onto (string, ribbon, shoelace, etc)


There is really only one step.  Make a hole in the horse chestnut and string it onto something to form a necklace.  I’ve read that baking the chestnuts at a low heat will make them quite resilient, but really, since Milo won’t be fighting with his, we skipped that step.  I found it easier to thread the chestnuts onto the shoelace we used with the aid of a nail.

Milo loves his new Autumn inspired accessory…

a lot!

p.s.  I’ve got my first mention on The Crafty Crow!

15 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lane #

    I still have one from pre-school! We also cut play-dough into shapes, let them dry (with holes poked in) and threaded them in between the chestnuts!

    He is so cute! :)

    September 9, 2010
  2. Abby #

    Oh, I love the idea of threading dough shapes! I think we’ll do that next time for sure. x

    September 9, 2010
  3. It looks a lot like the Buckeye necklaces OSU fans wear :)

    September 9, 2010
  4. kat #

    OMG – you’re back! Woo, so happy to see you x

    September 9, 2010
  5. He is adorable :)

    September 10, 2010
  6. Could he be any cuter?

    September 10, 2010
  7. Red Ted Art #

    Oh this is a lovely lovely craft! LOVE IT TO BITS! Wow!

    And well done on your Crafty Crow mention!!!

    PS wil feature this in my monthly Get Crafty feature “Autumn”.. won’t be out until 1 Nov (as Christmas up next to get people ready for christmas…) :-( but never the less, it has to go in!!

    September 10, 2010
  8. Abby #

    Thanks Maggy :)

    September 10, 2010
  9. rae #

    we bake our nature treasures on low heat to git rid of any pests and to deter any mold growth. we have been collecting conkers lately and i love this idea!! thanks for the inspiration! ;)

    September 10, 2010
  10. I’ve just realized you should totally make Buckeyes as one of your baking adventures with Milo!

    September 10, 2010
  11. A drill works great for the holes. We love the horse chestnuts.

    September 12, 2010
  12. This is beautiful – and great photo! I’ve linked through to you from the NurtureStore autumn crafts picks :)

    September 21, 2010
  13. Abby #

    Thanks Cathy :)

    September 21, 2010

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