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What can you make from chestnuts in autumn? Cute DIY ideas for young and old!

Chestnuts are great not only for roasting on an open fire, but also for decorating during the fall and winter months. These warm, chocolate-colored gems add woodland charm to your home. Not only do they bring an organic, natural feel, but they are also known to keep spiders and moths away! There are so many different craft ideas for chestnut figurines! You can buy chestnuts at most supermarkets, but if you want an authentic feel, you can pick them yourself! And what can you make from chestnuts? Please read on!

Chestnut spiders craft with children

Try making chestnut spiders with the kids at home

Materials needed:

One large chestnut
2 googly eyes
2 pipe cleaners

You can, of course, make these spiders with sticks or toothpicks that you break in half to make the legs.

For this chestnut craft, cut the pipe cleaners into 8 pieces


  • Cut the pipe cleaners into 8 pieces. You can cut them in half and then cut them in half again.
  • Make 8 holes for the legs and glue them in place. Make sure the holes are deep enough so they have something to “stick” to.
  • Scratch the shiny surface of the chestnut to help the glue hold for the eyes, and add the googly eyes.

What can you make from chestnuts: Autumn Wreath

What can you make from chestnuts - autumn wreath is a great DIY idea

Materials and tools needed:

100 + chestnuts (picked or purchased).
Wreath mold (you can make your own wreath mold or buy one at the grocery store)
Hot glue gun (you will need 10 glue sticks for this project).
Ribbon to attach the wreath to a door or wall

Read our chestnut wreath step-by-step instructions

Chestnut Wreath Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Gather all the materials together and plug in the hot glue gun to make sure it is heated up before starting the project.
  • Wash and dry all the chestnuts. This is important to make sure any dirt is removed (it will affect the glue’s effectiveness).
  • Tie the top ribbon in place (if your wreath form doesn’t already have one).
  • Put a blob of hot glue on a chestnut (preferably the flat side) and press it into the wreath form. Hold the chestnut in place for a few seconds to make sure it stays in place.
  • Stick chestnuts on the top and sides of the wreath form, leaving the back blank. This makes the wreath easy to pick up, and there is no danger of the wreath falling apart. Repeat the process for each chestnut (1 at a time) until you have covered the entire wreath with chestnuts.
  • Allow the glue to dry before attaching the bow. For the bow, take jute ribbon or wide ribbon and make a large bow. To attach the bow to the wreath, take a long strip of ribbon and tie it around the center of the bow, then tie the ends of the ribbon around the bottom (or top) of the wreath.
  • Hang your new chestnut wreath and take lots of photos! What else can you make from chestnuts – read on!

Make your own heart from chestnuts

You can easily and quickly make a heart from chestnuts yourself

Materials and tools needed:

String or wire
Long nails
Cutting board
If you are piercing the chestnuts, please have an adult do this.


  • Put the nail in the center of the chestnut and hammer through until you see the nail on the other side. Continue doing this until all the chestnuts are pierced.
  • If using wire, it is best to bend the metal into a heart shape.
  • String the chestnuts one at a time onto the prepared wire form.
  • Hang on the mantel or on the wall to create a loving flair at home.

Cute garland craft

Start at one end of the garland and tie a piece of leather string between each chestnut

Materials and tools needed:

Plastic fishing line
Fresh chestnuts
Leather cord
Thin nail
Large plastic needle
Oven or dehydrator

Craft a cute garland from chestnuts for autumn mood at home


  • Use a hammer and nail to punch a hole in the center of each chestnut. Some chestnuts are soft enough that you can push the nail in with your fingers. Others require a hammer blow to drive the nail in.
  • After you poke the first hole, insert the plastic needle into the hole and pull it out the other side. The hole should be large and clear.
  • Dry the chestnuts. If you have an automatic dehydrator, set it on the lowest setting and let it run for at least 3 days. If you don’t have an automatic dehydrator, set your oven to the lowest setting and dry the chestnuts on a baking sheet in the oven for 5-6 hours. The longer you can leave them in the oven, the shorter the final drying time. Remove the chestnuts from the oven and let them air dry for 3-7 days. The chestnuts will be rock hard when they are completely dry.
  • Once the chestnuts are dry and cooled, thread them onto the fishing line with the plastic needle.

What can you make from chestnuts in autumn - cute DIY ideas for young and old alike

  • Cut the leather fishing line into pieces 12 inches long. You will need one piece for each chestnut, and an extra piece.
  • Starting at one end of the garland, tie a piece of leather cord between each chestnut.
  • Tie knots in the fishing line at both ends. It is easiest to tie the fishing line through with the leather strip at both ends to keep the knot secure.
  • Wrap the garland around the railing, or hang it on the wall or door and enjoy the fresh autumn atmosphere at home!

What else can you make from chestnuts? More ideas for chestnut crafts can be found here !