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|Date:||Thursday, October 21, 2004 10:18:54 PM|
|Message:||You are lucky to have Conkers where you live, I mean in a sense where you do not have to go out and buy them for crafting needs! I have actually seen them being sold on E-bay. They are in high demand to many crafters.
My favorite thing to do with them is to make them into the game, Conkers. In case you do not know how it works, you can read all about it by visiting: http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/conkers.html
Here are some other ideas, hopefully something here will be useful to you:
There is a really cute wreath, not really a kids craft, but adorable anyway, it uses them:
Foam rings, such as the kind that are used in the floral department of a craft store or Wal Mart, and spread a thin layer of tacky glue all over the ring. Then you could put the horse chestnuts all over the ring to make a cute wreath.
Fun foam picture frames or even dollar store frames and use tacky glue or fun foam glue to attach them all the way around the perimeter to make a cute picture frame.
Styrofoam balls (such as those found in the floral department)spread with a thin layer of tacky glue can be covered in the horse chestnuts and a piece of ribbon or yarn can be attached to the top of the ball for hanging on the Christmas tree.
Chestnut man - you need a sheet of construction paper, five leaves, and one horse chestnut per child. Have the child glue the leaves together to form the body of a person (one leaf), two arms (one leaf on each side of the body), and two legs (two leaves under the body). Then glue the horse chestnut at the top to form the head. You can then cut around the entire shape, or leave the paper whole. Punch a hole and attach yarn for hanging.
Chestnut house - you need a small cardboard milk carton (such as the single-serve size that school cafeterias use. Use a paintbrush or foam applicator to spread a layer of tacky glue all over the milk carton. Press the chestnuts onto the milk carton. You can cut out a rectangle of black construction paper to make a door. This makes a really cute little house that looks like a log cabin. You could even glue little wood shapes such as ghosts, santa's, candy canes, easter eggs, etc to the roof to make a festive house for every holiday.
You can buy a covered wooden box at a craft store and use tacky glue to glue the chestnuts all over it.
I have even seen them glued to second hand store chandelliers that are inexpensive. It gives them a whole new look.
I hope this helps!
Love in Christ,
Sarah in California
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