Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructions

Figures and animals tinker with chestnuts and walnuts

tinker animals and Kastanienmännchen

Between September and early November open the spiky shells and the chestnuts fall to the ground. Then, children and adults should not take long and collect the still soft chestnuts, to then let them dry spread out on a kitchen towel. After that, the craft work can begin.

With just a few materials you make funny animals and Kastanienmännchen. Because the crafts is very simple, even younger kids can build with matches or toothpicks and other natural materials creative figures. In addition to the male and fantasy animals, birds, animals can tinker from the farm and insects.

In addition, the crafting of Kastanienmännchen promotes fine motor skills and gives children the opportunity to creatively implement their own ideas. In the following Bastelanleitungen we show you how to tinker great chestnut men and animals.

Contents: tinker animals and Kastanienmännchen

  • material list
  • Drill holes in chestnuts
  • Tips for crafting with chestnuts
  • tinker Kastanienmännchen
  • Prickly hedgehog
  • Snake
  • tinker pig
  • Variant for Glücksschweinchen
  • Sheep from acorns and chestnuts
  • dog
  • slug
  • ant
  • duck
  • spider
  • bird
  • tinker Nut Imp from hazelnuts
  • Animals tinker with nuts

material list

  • chestnuts
  • Toothpicks or matches
  • acorns
  • Wackelaugen
  • colorful construction paper
  • chestnut holder
  • Hand Drills in various sizes
  • scissors
  • craft glue

Drill holes in chestnuts

So the toothpicks and matches do not break, it is advisable to pre-holes in the chestnuts. Think about which characters you want to tinker from the chestnut, because the shape determines the position and number of holes. Then put the chestnut to the chestnut holder so that the page is in the bored faces upward and turn the bracket firmly. Now drill with a hand drill the holes in the chestnut. For openings on the other side, loosen the bracket, turn the chestnut and screw it tightly. Now the holes on the other side are invalid.

Tip: Hand Drills are available in various sizes. Always use a thin drill as possible so that the toothpick stuck in the chestnut.

Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsGimlet and chestnut holder facilitate making holes in chestnut (Please click to enlarge).Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsA holder reduces the risk of slipping with the hand drill.Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsSmall holes drill with a narrow hand drill.

Chestnuts and chestnut drill holder

Tips for crafting with chestnuts

With chestnuts and other natural materials, such as acorns or seeds Linde, children and adults can tinker a wide variety of characters and animals. Whether Bauernhofttiere, insects or birds, and males: Be inspired by our instructions and make you a lot of funny chestnut figures.

Tip: To prevent mold, the chestnut should be checked for cracks after collecting. Order any damaged copies and leave the remaining chestnuts separated from the skins dry. Because they are hard at long storage, you should start with the crafts after drying while the chestnuts are still soft.

tinker Kastanienmännchen

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A Kastanienmännchen Tinker from

  • A spacious round chestnut for the body,
  • two chestnuts with a flat side for the feet,
  • a small, round chestnut for the head.

Furthermore, you need matches, a pair of moving eyes and construction paper for a hat.

In the first step drill for the fuselage on the left, right and up respectively in the center of a hole. On the bottom you will need two holes for the feet. Halve two toothpicks and place the halves as arms and neck in the big chestnut. For long legs using two whole toothpick. In the head is center drilled on the bottom and the feet placed at the top. Test after mating if the chestnut men can stand. If it comes, you may shorten the leg length or take a smaller chestnut for the head.

Next step is to lay out the male and fix the moving eyes with craft glue. then for the hat to draw a small circle on construction paper and cut it out. Fold it once at the center of a semicircle. Then you fold it like in the photo to a pointed hat and stick the paper on the inside with adhesive notes. Finally, coat the rim of the hat with very little glue and press it gently on the head of the male.

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Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructions

Variation for a small Kastanienmännchen

In this Kastanienmännchen halve a small chestnut with a saw and use the halves as shoes. The light area here represents the face that can also be decorated with moving eyes or with a felt pen.

Prickly hedgehog

Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsA cute hedgehog out of toothpicks and chestnuts

Would you like to tinker a sweet hedgehog, you need

  • a chestnut,
  • 20-25 toothpick
  • a pair of moving eyes.

Place the chestnuts into the holder and drill several holes in its top. Thereafter, the bracket is loosened, and the chestnut respectively rotated to one side in order to drill lateral holes. - On the bottom holes are not required. Halve the toothpick and insert it into the entire hedgehog. Finally, stick to the front two wiggle eyes or scratch on the eye with a sharp pointed object. Alternatively, they can be painted with felt-tip pen.

Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsfirst drill many holes in the back of the chestnutKastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsInsert the spines of toothpicks
Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsLittle Hedgehog chestnut

Version for small hedgehog

Would you like to tinker a little hedgehog for a Hedgehog family, take a small chestnut with a flat bottom as possible and drill, as described above, holes in the top. Shorten the halved toothpick or instead use matches. At the end of two small wiggle eyes are glued.


Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructions

For crafting a chestnut snake you need

  • many small and large chestnuts,
  • Toothpick,
  • a pair of moving eyes,
  • red colored paper.

Start with the largest chestnut for the head and let the snake toward the tail are becoming narrower with small chestnut. Except for the head which receives only one opening on the back, drill into each chestnut center front and rear a hole. The tongue is cut out of red construction paper and glued to the front head before moving eyes are fixed. Then you cut the toothpicks and set the terms of the snake together. for a is writhing snake drill the holes, for example, left and rear or front and right.

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tinker pig

Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructions

Of course you can with chestnuts and farm animals tinker. This little piggy you make from

  • two chestnuts,
  • three toothpicks,
  • pink construction paper,
  • a pair of moving eyes,
  • a spiral of a ballpoint pen.

In the trunk of the piglet four holes drilled on the bottom, in which you are investing for a half toothpicks deep inside so that the legs are short as possible. They are still too long, cut with scissors from a small piece. The hole for the head is drilled at the top center on the front. In addition, a hole is drilled on the rear underside of the head. For the face to draw a pig nose on pink construction paper and cut them out. Then you stick your nose and wiggle eyes to the face. After the adhesive has dried, you can use the ear tips slightly bend forward. While the glue dries, drill on the back of the fuselage with a broad hand drill a hole for the curly tail. Rotate the spiral in the opening and you've tinkered a pig chestnut.

Variant for Glücksschweinchen

For a Glücksschweinchen drill with a small hand drill several adjacent small holes under the pig nose and push a 1-cent coin in. Another craft idea for an Glücksschweinchen that can be implemented with chestnuts, are themselves tinker our New Year's instructions Glücksschweine.

Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsa spiral serves as a curly tail of a ball penKastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsA cute little pig
Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsA sheep with big eyes and long earsKastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsAs wool sticking on the chestnut tree with cotton wool.

Sheep from acorns and chestnuts

A small flock of sheep you make with these materials:

  • An acorn without a hat,
  • a chestnut,
  • two toothpicks,
  • a pair of moving eyes,
  • brown construction paper.

The chestnut forms the body of the sheep in the four oblique to the center holes and a centrally drilled be on the top. Halve the toothpick and insert it into the openings. For the head to remove the hat of the glans and drill the pointed end of the toothpick into the narrow side. Glue two wiggle eyes before you cut two elongated ears out of brown construction paper and glue. Those who wish can then still decorate the sheep with wool.

For a herd Tinker several large sheep to the instructions above. For small lambs take small chestnuts and acorns or halve them. You will also shorten the toothpick or use a small piece of matches without firing head.


Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsDog chestnut, shells and lime seeds

A big dog with floppy ears is a bit more complex than the other animals. For one "Cuddle me"-Dog who can give away as gifts or greeting, you need the following materials:

  • A large chestnut,
  • a mean chestnut,
  • three chestnut husks,
  • two matches,
  • Linde two seeds.

As with the other animals drill in the fuselage top and sides each a central hole and two on the bottom. To give the character more stability, give each hole a dab of glue. Insert two toothpicks for arms or front legs deep into, cut the lime seeds and stick him. Then fasten head and feet with shortened toothpicks. Cut the chestnut husks so justly that you get a hat and two long floppy ears and glue it into place. With felt-tip pen, you can paint on the face, claws and an autumn greeting.


Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsTwo chestnut children make a small snail

A snail can tinker with chestnuts and matches without firing head even younger children. In toothpicks you have previously cut off the top. For a worm you need:

  • A large, round chestnut for the cottage,
  • a small, oblong chestnut,
  • a pair of moving eyes,
  • three matches or two toothpicks.

On the front side of the worm cottage and on the back of the head, a hole is drilled centrally ever. For the probe drill two holes in the top of the head. Halve a toothpick and place the head on the snail shells. Then simply stick on two wiggle eyes and push the matches or two toothpicks into halves as a sensor. Those who wish can paint with a felt pen a spiral on both sides of the snail shell and remove the probe narrow chenille wire or short pipe cleaners.


Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructionsAnt chestnut

Those who want to build small ants with chestnuts, does it involve

  • three little chestnut,
  • four whole toothpicks for legs,
  • two halves toothpicks for the members,
  • four toothpicks halves
  • a pair of moving eyes.

The body consists of a chestnut for the head and two or three chestnut for the members which are connected to a half match. In the two chestnuts, which are the beginning and the end of the body, drill centered and slightly offset upward a hole. In this half toothpicks for the tail and neck are set. Each link is obtained on the bottom of two holes for the legs. In the head are two openings for the probe and a drilled for the nose. After inserting the toothpick stick to the moving eyes.

Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructions

Variant: Ant with curved sensors

the matches of the sensors and the tail are begun in the middle and scratched his eyes with a toothpick in the chestnut for these ant.

Those who want to tinker a lifelike Ant, takes three chestnuts for the body and puts the figure after the above instructions together. The toothpick for tail and nose omitted.


Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructions

For a duck take

  • Two small chestnuts,
  • a small sheet,
  • a piece of acorn or chestnut.

The head and the body of the duck each form a chestnut, which connect you to a match. In the lower chestnut a hole is drilled in the center and rear center in the upper front. Then plug in the hull a dried leaf, which serves as the tail feathers. For the head, the stick moving eyes or scratch with a sharp object, two eyes, a beak is still needed, the Tinker from a quartered chestnut. 


Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructions

A spider from Tinker

  • a chestnut
  • a pair of moving eyes,
  • eight toothpicks.

Drill on the left and the right side of the chestnut four holes are plugged as legs in the opened matches. Then glue on wiggle eyes or draw eyes with markers.


Kastanienmännchen-yourself instructions

If you want to tinker a little bird, you need these materials:

  • Two chestnuts,
  • two dried leaves,
  • a toothpick.

In both chestnuts, a hole is drilled in the center. Then both connect with a toothpick. Drill in the lower Chestnut each have a hole in the middle of the left and right sides. In these holes, push the dried leaves that represent the wings of the bird. For a better grip you can give a little glue into the holes.

tinker Nut Imp from hazelnuts

Squirrels from hazelnutsThe finished nut elves from hazelnuts

As a snack for in between, as a baking ingredient or for fall decoration: nuts taste good and can be used in many ways. In particular, their shells are ideal for autumnal crafts. There are several ways to tinker from these natural materials in a short time animals and other figures. The own imagination knows no limits. Below are detailed instructions for the crafting of a squirrel from various nuts.

Make sure that when tinkering with children, an adult is present as a supervisor whenever a hot glue gun is used.


  • 2 hazelnuts
  • 1-2 brown pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun 
  • felt-tip pen
  • possibly brown Bastelfilz

Instructions for making a squirrel with nuts

1st step:
First you heat the hot glue and put this one glue stick into the glue gun and switch to it. The right temperature is reached after about eight to ten minutes.

Step 2:
When the right temperature of the hot glue gun is reached, the crafts go. Place a large hazelnut with the round side down on the table and enter a dab of glue on the top of the nut. then take the second nut and stick them on the Lower fixed. Now you have already crafted the body and the head of the squirrel. 

Step 3:
The curing of the adhesive takes about two to five minutes. Wait until the two hazelnuts stick firmly together and then paint with a marker a face on the head of the squirrel. 

Step 4:
Now the arms of the squirrel are crafted. Shut down the pipe cleaner around the location where the nuts were glued together and cut out the long end from. In the following, the adhesive is applied with a hot glue gun and glued to the pipe cleaner to the hazelnuts.

Step 5:
Then the feet and the tail of the squirrel for their turn. For this, you bend the pipe cleaner in the middle and put the squirrel on a trial basis to the adjacent ends. These should peep out a little bit under the body, so that they have the correct length. Now the last part of the pipe Putzers is bent upward and fixed feet and the bushy tail with a hot glue gun to hazelnuts.

Step 6:
Last cut off two small pieces from the second pipe cleaner and attach them as ears on the head of the squirrel, so on the upper hazelnut.

Tip: You can customize the ears and feet of the squirrel also from brown felt and glue.

Animals tinker with nuts