Chestnut – Spider Web Weaving

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If you are anything like us… you have found all the Chestnut trees in your neighborhood, and go for weekly – sometimes daily – walks to pick up literally buckets of shiny new Chestnuts!!

What to do with your stash? We made spider webs!

Awesome Chestnut Autumnfall Craft Activity for Kids. Great idea following a nature walk...

 

 

 

This is a great activity! I love making things from stuff you find! Older children will be able to do this all on their own, younger children may need a little help.

 

conker spider web

Materials:

  • Shiny new Chestnuts
  • Wooden skewers
  • Scraps of wool or string or ribbon (we used wool)

How?

conker weaving

 

  1. First set up the web frame by pushing the wooden skewers into the chestnuts. The outside shell can be a little hard so I started the hole with a metal skewer and then removed it and pushed further with the wooden one. Chestnuts are surprisingly soft on the inside!
  2. Push the wooden skewer in quite deep (then you do not have to glue it) but be careful not to go all the way through.
  3. Tie your wool (or string or ribbon) to one of the wooden skewers and off you go!
  4. Weaving is easy once you get the hang of it! The wool needs to loop around each wooden skewer. It is not enough just to go around under – over – under – over as you would normally do with weaving as the frame is essentially a circle to the wool needs more grip or it all slides into the center!
  5. We used different color wool. We joined them all first and then went round and round. It is completely up to you to decide how to do this!

 

 

Chestnut Spider Web Weaving

 

 

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