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How to make conker caterpillars

How to make conker caterpillars

Every day we walk past a beautiful horse chestnut tree. Actually we walk past it four times on the way to drop my son off at Junior School then go on to Infant school. We’ve been picking up conkers for about 6 weeks and have a huge collection of all kinds of shapes and sizes.

Sadly, the conkers have done nothing to deter the gigantic spiders which keep coming indoors. I’m not sure if that’s a myth or not, but I would gladly keep a few conkers around the house if they kept spiders away.

We have so many conkers that we really needed to make something with then and came up with the idea of conker caterpillars. They are so easy to make and great for practising those fine motor skills.

How to make conker caterpillars

How to make conker caterpillars

We used lots of conkers – make a hole through each one with a metal skewer

pipe cleaners

Bostik Glu Dots

Googly eyes

Thread the conkers on to the pipe cleaner. Make sure you fold each end of the pipe cleaner to stop the conkers falling off. This is a great craft activity for practising those fine motor skills! Something both my children need to do as they are still struggling with buttons on their school uniform!

threading conkers on to pipe cleaners

When you’ve created a lovely long string of conkers add on the goggly eyes. We used Bostik Glu Dots to attach the eyes to the first conker. The end of the pipe cleaner looks just like a mouth!

These are a lovely autumnal craft for kids to make. We could only find a few conkers when we looked this morning. I wonder what everyone does with them?

crafting with conkers


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    Nichola - Globalmouse
    October 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Oh these are adorable, my kids would absolutely love to make these.

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    Super Busy Mum
    October 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    These are super cute and something I just have to do with my kids!

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      October 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks, we love crafting with nature!

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    Leigh Travers
    October 4, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    These conker caterpillars are so creative and cute! Definitely a great craft idea for a rainy day!

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      October 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks, my children loved making them.

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    October 4, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Aww I love these! We’ve been constantly collecting conkers, so this would be the perfect activity! I’d be a bit scared of making the holes though, knowing me and how clumsy I can be!

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    Emma Raphael
    October 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Oh I love these… Wish I had thought of it when I used to work in a class full of five year olds. The amount of conkers they used to bring into the classroom! 😀

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    These are so cool. We have about 100 of them so Ill be asking the hubs to make a few caterpillars for the windowsill.

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