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Crafting hedgehogs from chestnuts: cute craft ideas for children for a creative activity in autumn

Autumn is the ideal time to get creative and use nature’s materials for various craft projects. Crafting with natural materials is a popular activity, especially among children, and is perfect for schools and kindergartens. Since chestnuts are just falling out of their trees, we’ve collected a few ideas in this article on how to make a hedgehog out of them with kids!

Make a simple hedgehog with chestnut and white pencil

Cute hedgehog craft from chestnut paint

During a walk in the park or in the forest, you can collect many great materials and use them for interesting craft projects. Chestnuts are one of the favorite natural materials for little ones, because they look like little balls and offer many variations for play fun. The small, brown balls are also perfect for crafting!

A super cute and at the same time very simple idea would be to turn the chestnut into a pretty hedgehog by painting a face and spikes with pencils. Paint the face on the lighter area with black pencil and the spikes on the brown part with white pencil. Alternatively, you can use a thin brush and white and black acrylic paint. You can make a whole hedgehog family out of several chestnuts in different sizes.

Autumn craft ideas for kindergarten

Cute animal from chestnut make yourself

The following ideas are perfect for kids ages 3 and up! The most important feature of a hedgehog is its spines and what is better for spines than some toothpicks? You can simply poke them into the chestnut or attach them with super glue. Since each chestnut is different, you should put it in the for now on the table so that it remains standing, and then determine the front and back.

Hedgehog craft with children from chestnut and toothpicks

If you’re looking for craft ideas using only natural materials, you can use needles from a coniferous tree instead of toothpicks. However, these are not as easy to attach to the chestnut as the woods, but can replicate the spines just as well.

Mini hedgehog craft from chestnut and brown pipe cleaner


Another idea that little ones will love is this tiny hedgehog with wiggly eyes and fluffy spines made from pipe cleaners. Easy to craft and fun to play with, this little hedgehog will spark your child’s imagination and provide hours of fun.

Make hedgehog from chestnuts, plasticine and spaghetti.

Hedgehog from plasticine, chestnut and spaghetti

If there are a few broken spaghetti left at the bottom of the bag, don’t throw them away, save them for fun craft projects! If your child likes to play with play-doh, you can use the craft materials to make a hedgehog like the one in the picture above. This project is also good for the toddlers because it is very easy and fun. The child should just take a piece of plasticine and wrap it around the chestnut. One part should be left open to paint the face. Then comes the fun part: the child sticks the broken spaghetti into the plasticine to make the spikes.

Use the chestnut and shell for crafting

Crafting with children with plasticine and natural materials


The dried chestnut shell is also wonderful for crafting the hedgehog’s spikes. You can simply glue half of the shell onto the chestnut and the task is half done. Use some modeling clay to create the hedgehog’s pointy nose and finally add eyes and mouth. You can use these cute little animals to decorate the windowsill in your child’s room or nursery.

Craft template for hedgehog from cardboard and natural materials

Craft ideas for kindergarten animals from cardboard and natural materials

To help your child practice their cutting and gluing skills, you can try this autumnal hedgehog craft project. You’ll need cardboard, glue and chestnuts, as well as a craft template that we’ve provided for free below. The chestnuts in this craft replicate the hedgehog’s spines and can be replaced with walnuts, cones or another material of your choice.

Free hedgehog printable craft template

Squeeze out the pattern and cut it out. Place the paper hedgehog on a piece of cardboard and trace it. Cut the hedgehog out of cardboard and draw the face. Then glue the chestnuts on the cardboard to finish the hedgehog craft.

A craft project for school kids: big hedgehog made from ornamental pumpkin and chestnuts.

Big hedgehog craft idea from natural material

Does your school kid need to make a fall project out of natural materials, then you can take inspiration from this cute hedgehog! For this project, you will need a small ornamental pumpkin with a pointed end, 20-30 chestnuts, wooden skewers, and other natural materials for decorating such as a small apple and sea buckthorn berries. Again, to glue the chestnuts to the pumpkin, you can use super glue or regular craft glue. Also, don’t forget to glue eyes and paint on a mouth.

You would like to decorate your home with the collected chestnuts? Then also take a look at our DIY projects for adults and conjure up a beautiful autumn decoration from natural materials yourself!