An easy introduction to drilling that can result in some amazingly creative pieces of art.
Age Range: 3+
Duration: 1-2 hours
Time Of Day: any time
Category: tool use & traditional crafts
Find a hard surface that can’t be damaged to lean on/drill into (there’s a link to our log rounds in the ‘what you’ll need’ box above, which could be used for this purpose).
Use softwood drills to make thinner holes (2mm) for use with activities like the conker person, or palm drills for holes with a bigger circumference – approx 5mm – more suitable for threading conkers with string.
- consider where and how many conkers you are collecting
- many conkers can fall where they are unlikely to grow, such as paths / roads
- try to collect where there is an abundance
- we have some foraging guidelines which may help
Health & safety considerations
- palm drill bit has sharp edges
- softwood hand drill has a sharp point
- choking hazard
Head out on a conker hunt
We collect conkers that have fallen onto the pavement near our house, which I know would inevitably end up being crushed in the road, so I feel happy collecting lots from the pavement.
Place your conker into the conker holder or down onto a hard surface.
Place the drill at the top and drill directly downwards.
Drill straight downwards until you break right through to the opposite side.
Keep drilling until you have a nice clean hole – you may need to remove some of the debris from the hole by pulling the drill out of the conker.
Have a brush or pointy stick ready to clean the drill bit with – don’t be tempted to clean the bit out with your finger or you could get a cut.
Thread drilled conkers on to a string to make a conker snake.