Craft ideas

Make cute chestnut animals with these 14 creative craft ideas for young and old

Make chestnut animals - ideas for hedgehogs, monkeys, mosquitoes, turtles and more

Tinkering with chestnuts, acorns, beechnuts and leaves has become a tradition for all parents. Hardly any child does not have fun with it and this fun begins with collecting the materials while taking a walk in the park. Today we would like to show you some ideas specifically for using horse chestnuts and, more precisely, some cute and funny animals. What other materials you need if you want to make chestnut animals, as well as instructions, you will find in the following lines. So roll up your sleeves and get into the right autumn mood with your children.

Make chestnut animals

Funny chestnut animals tinker with children - caterpillar and spider with toothpicks

In combination with various other materials and aids, which, among other things, nature gives us in autumn, incredibly cute and original chestnut animals can be tinkered. So if the classics from our childhood, which are simply put together with toothpicks, are too boring for you, why not try the following charming chestnut animals. So what can you tinker with chestnuts? Look over here:

Make chestnut animals – Instructions for a hedgehog with chestnut shell

Prickly hedgehog as a forest animal - chestnut figures for autumn handicrafts for young and old

  • chestnut
  • brown plasticine
  • Chestnut peel
  • Googly eyes
  • toothpick
  • drill

Instructions for crafting with modeling clay, chestnut and chestnut peel for a funny hedgehog

As an alternative to the hedgehog instructions below, you can also try this variant if you are making chestnut animals. In this case, you can easily use the chestnut peel to shape the spines. Ideally, you should look for a chestnut with its shell right away, because then you can be sure that it will fit and you don’t have to cut it extra afterwards. Drill a hole in the chestnut where you want the hedgehog’s nose to go and glue the shell in place if necessary. Then shape the muzzle out of the dough. Insert a small piece of toothpick into the prepared hole and then carefully insert the snout into it. Finally, fix your eyes. If you want, you can also make a tongue with red modeling clay.

Tinker turtles as chestnut animals

Chestnut and plasticine combine for a tortoise

  • chestnut
  • green plasticine in two shades
  • black dough
  • optional: toothpick and drill

Shape the legs, tail and head of the turtle from one of the two green clay colors. In addition to this, you will also need two small balls for the eyes. Attach the body parts to the chestnut, then add the eyes as well. Use the other green color to create several plates that you attach to the chestnut. This is how you get the typical pattern of the turtle shell. You can now shape the nostrils and mouth with a toothpick.

Simple handicraft instructions for the turtle for children

Tip: The turtle will be more stable if you fix the elements made of plasticine to the chestnut with the help of toothpicks. To do this, drill holes in the respective places and simply stick the putty in place. For a water turtle, and more precisely for the fins, head and tail, you can use the kernels of apricots.

Make your own water turtle with chestnuts, apricot kernels and turquoise clay

Monkey made from natural materials

Funny monkey as an idea made from acorns, horse chestnuts, plasticine and plush wire

  • chestnut
  • Acorn cup
  • Stems of maple seeds
  • Acorn
  • brown and white plasticine
  • Googly eyes
  • brown pipe cleaner
  • Hand drill
  • hot glue

Isn’t that monkey incredibly cute? If you agree, don’t forget it when you make chestnut animals. Glue a flat piece of white plasticine on the chestnut head of the future monkey. Then attach the stem of the maple seeds to it to get a smiling mouth and the googly eyes. With the help of the hot glue, fix the acorn cups on the head in such a way that ears emerge.

Now take the other chestnut for the body and drill a hole for the tail on the side opposite the one with the natural white spot. This is shaped so that its end is curled up. Now glue the head to the body, put the Schanz in the hole provided and glue a flat piece of brown plasticine to the underside of the body, which will serve as a flat surface for the monkey to stand on.

Cute mosquito

Make mosquitos from natural materials and oversized googly eyes with hot glue

  • chestnut
  • Acorn
  • Maple seeds
  • Stems of berries
  • oversized googly eyes
  • hot glue
  • toothpick
  • Hand drill

The mosquito is relatively easy to make, but you need a lot of small parts. Drill a hole in the chestnut and insert the toothpick into it. Glue the googly eyes in place. Use hot glue to attach the acorn for the mosquito body to the chestnut and the maple seeds on top to get wings. You get the mosquito legs from the small stalks of berries (e.g. rowan berries). Glue this to the glans with a few drops of hot glue and you’re done. Mosquitoes are annoying insects, but if you make chestnut animals it is a fun option!

Spider and snail tinker with chestnuts

Tinker chestnut animals - DIY spider with legs made from pipe cleaner

  • Chestnuts
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • toothpick
  • Hand drill for craft purposes

Tinker chestnut animals – Instructions for the spider: Take a chestnut that is as round and flatter as possible and drill 4 holes on each side. Take pipe cleaners of any color (or different colors) and cut 8 pieces of equal length, which you then put into the holes. Finally, glue the googly eyes and bend the legs from pipe cleaner as shown in the picture.

Snail with pipe cleaner and two piled chestnuts

For the slug: Take two chestnuts of different sizes and drill a hole all the way through the larger one. Then put two pipe cleaners (preferably in different colors) through this hole, which you screw in beforehand. On one of the two sides, the pipe cleaners should be longer to represent the neck of the snail. Then drill a hole in the top of the same chestnut and another in the bottom of the smaller chestnut. You can now connect both chestnuts with a piece of toothpick. Finally fix your eyes on the pipe cleaners.

Tip: If you have particularly small chestnuts available, you can also build the snail shell out of three pieces.

Make animals out of chestnuts – nudibranch and mouse

Ideas for making chestnut animals for a nudibranch with blue antennae

  • Chestnuts
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Hand drill
  • Googly eyes
  • toothpick
  • optional: snail shell

Nudibranch Make animals as chestnuts: You need 5 chestnuts. First, lay them out to determine where to drill them. The last chestnut has only one hole, while the first, which also represents the head, has a hole to connect and two more for the eyes. Once you have provided all the chestnuts with the necessary holes, connect them with toothpicks. Stick two pieces of plush wire of the same length into the head, on which you in turn fix your eyes.

Tip: If you find a snail shell, you can glue it to the back of the cortex with hot glue and you will get a snail with a shell.

Build a mouse or cat out of two chestnuts and black pipe punches

For the mouse: If you want to make mice as chestnut animals, first take a chestnut that will serve as a head. Then use the drill to scrape in the eyes as well as the nose and whiskers. You will also need two holes above the face for the ears and another one in the neck area. You shape the ears from wire, which you shape into circles or loops and insert into the holes. Now drill two more holes in the chestnut body – one in which you stick the head and another in the back, in which the pipe cleaner socket is inserted.

Tip: You can also make the whiskers from toothpicks that you simply stick into the chestnut. You can also draw on the face with a marker pen instead of engraving it. If the mouse cannot stand because the chestnut does not have a flat side, you can stick four toothpicks into the body as legs.

Instructions for a giraffe and a sheep as chestnut figures

Make chestnut animals with googly eyes and toothpicks - example of a giraffe

  • Chestnuts
  • Acorns
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaner (white for the sheep and yellow and brown for the giraffe)
  • toothpick
  • drill
  • optional: yellow and brown color

For the giraffe: If you make chestnut animals, you can also use colors to give them their natural color. If you want to paint the typical spots of a giraffe on the chestnuts, use the colors and start with this step. Once the paint has dried, take the head and drill two holes in it for the horns and one for the neck. The other end of the neck goes into the chestnut body at the front, in which you also drill a hole for the tail. Now make the neck, tail and horns out of brown and yellow pipe cleaner by twisting in both colors. Then drill the holes for the legs from toothpicks. Be careful when doing this so that the giraffe can really stand up later and does not constantly fall over. Put everything together, glue on your eyes and you’re done.

Fast sheep with white ears and wooden legs

Sheep Tinker animals than chestnuts: The sheep looks more real if you use an acorn for the head in addition to a chestnut. This is because the sheep naturally have rather elongated heads, which the acorn can imitate very well. Drill four holes in the chestnut for the legs, plus another one to tuck the head into. On the sides of the glans you will also need a hole for the ears, which you will make from small pieces of white pipe cleaner. Glue eyes on the glans and connect them to the chestnut. Now make four toothpick legs and you have a funny decoration with chestnuts.

Make an owl and a frog out of chestnuts

Make your own owl with acorn cup and chestnut shell

  • Chestnuts
  • Chestnut peel
  • Acorn cup
  • Googly eyes
  • green pipe cleaner
  • green colour
  • Hand drill
  • scissors
  • Glue

owl do it yourself: If you want to tinker with chestnuts without drilling, you can choose this cute owl, because it is only glued. Use scissors to cut the chestnut skin to size. From this you cut the wings, which you then glue to the sides of the chestnut. Then glue the two acorn cups to the front of the chestnut, whereupon you attach the googly eyes to them.

Tip: If you want, you can make feet from two more acorn cups. The chestnut should also be big enough for the body.

Green painted frog with eyes and mouth simple legs made of plush wire

The green one frog: You can also choose frogs if you want to make chestnut animals. Here color is used again so that it is really recognized that it is a frog. So paint the chestnut first and let the paint dry. Then engrave the nostrils and mouth. If you also want to make the frog without drilling, paint these elements on with a felt pen instead. Take two equal pieces of pipe cleaner, shape them out of the loops and glue them to the sides of the chestnut.

Tinker chestnuts animals – hedgehogs and squirrels

Cute hedgehog with spikes made from pipe cleaners or toothpicks

  • Chestnuts
  • brown pipe cleaner
  • Googly eyes
  • toothpick

Hedgehog than tinker animals out of chestnuts: While the two examples above can do without drilling at all, the hedgehog needs a relatively large number of holes instead. Find a slightly flatter chestnut and drill several holes in the top. You can now shape the spines in two ways: Either you take many short pieces of pipe cleaner in brown color or you cut toothpicks to size. Both are then put into the holes. Now fix your eyes and that’s it!

Squirrel matching the motto autumn with a curled tail

squirrel As a craft idea: If you want to make funny chestnut animals, you should also consider the squirrel. In the chestnut body you will need two holes – one for the head and one for the tail. The head in turn has four holes, two of which are intended for the ears and one for the nose. Cut two short pieces of wire for the ears, an even shorter one for the nose and a long one for the tail. Roll up the latter as shown. Put it all together.