Take it Further:
- use chalk or acrylic pens to decorate/personalise your conker people/creature/sculpture
- take your conker people on an adventure, or play hide and seek with them
- try making some conker animals
- use acorns as an alternative to conkers
Simple but so effective - these conker people are easy to make.
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For each conker person, select 3 large conkers and 4 small ones.
Make sure the drilled hole is the right size for the cocktail sticks – too big and they will fall out.
A 2 mm bore creates the perfect-sized hole for a cocktail stick.
A conker clamp is useful to help prevent the conker slipping around, but not essential.
See our drilling conkers activity if you need help.
If the conkers are soft you may be able to push the cocktail sticks in without the need for a drill, or use a thin bradawl or similar to make the holes.
Although we didn’t try it, you could use a malleable substance such as bluetack or glue to help the sticks stay in place.
Drill 2 holes into one of the large conkers in the direction you want the legs sticking out, and one hole on the opposite side of the body to attach the torso.
Attach the bum and feet together with cocktail sticks.
Drill one large conker all the way through – this is for the upper body.
On this conker drill 2 angled holes on the side for the arms.
Use cocktail sticks to attach the hands to the upper body. We snapped the cocktail sticks to make them shorter for the arms than the legs.
Drill the last large conker for the head (do not go all the way through). Attach it to the upper body, making sure the cocktail stick goes all the way through and out the bottom.
Connect the upper body to the lower body and you have a conker person!
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.