This season’s must have: conker necklaces

This week Unhusband participated in a craft activity. Yes, Unhusband who has a phobia of glitter and a pathological hatred of Play Doh, actually helped make something with the kids.  

The reason: it involved a powertool – a big, throbbing piece of masculine machinery. A DeWalt 18V Cordless Combi Hammer Drill, to be precise. That’s a drill to you and me.

The last time I used one of these I ended up boring a hole in the wall 10 cms below where the curtain rail was supposed to go and then filling it with toothpaste to disguise the damage – which didn’t really work.

Anyway, makeshift polyfiller aside,  no, we didn’t rope the kids into a spot of DIY. We actually made conker necklaces. What a lovely wholesome, Autumnal activity. Want to have a go? Of course you do…. Here’s how:

1. Take the kids to the park and collect loads of lovely shiny conkers.  (Avoid the maggoty ones.)

 2. Bring the conkers home and get a responsible adult (in this case, Unhusband) to drill holes through them. You might be able to use a kebab skewer or other sharp implement, but a drill is probably easier. 






 3. Get the kids to thread the conkers onto a piece of string, until they have enough to make a necklace.








  4. Tie the two ends of the string together and place around child’s neck. (Do not leave child unattended for obvious reasons – just thought I’d better put that in.) And here they are. Mr Maker meets haute couture.

conker necklaces

And remember when these appear in Per Una’s new autumn collection, you saw them here first.

 For lots more autumn craft activities check out Red Ted Art’s Blog.

About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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  1. What a fab idea, gotta try this and great post, it made me giggle x

  2. I can’t even take the credit – it was actually Unhusband’s idea! x

  3. That’s a brilliant idea! Sorry haven’t been in touch since blogcamp, the weeks that followed have been full of events but all good. Hope you are well? Px

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