I love ’em.
I just can’t resist them. There is something so compulsive about finding them, and it seems to be impossible to leave them just lying there on the ground. Something about their shiny brown conkery-ness seems to compel me to pick them up. And then to look around for more, and more, and more. Until I have a bag full. And now I’m not really sure what to do with them..
I’d like to blame the Smalls, but I think really, I love conker-ing more than they do.
Obviously, one can play conkers. With or without hand guards, safer specs and any other H&S equipment you may feel is necessary.
And they are great for the kids to play with-they can use them in counting games, improve their dexterity by picking them up with tongs, or make them into very cute little creatures, (there are some fab ideas for the kids here) but I kind of want them for me-I found them, they’re mine 😉
So I thought I would try and compile a post of all things conkers, for grown ups.
1. Pile them up in vases, with or without candles, to bring a spot of tasteful autumnal decor to your home!
2. Make a necklace-if it’s good enough for Vivienne Westwood, it’s good enough for me…!
3. Use them as light pulls!
4. Make a conker heart
5. On a similar vein, make a conker wreath
6. Conker words!
7. They are supposed to be as spider and moth deterrents-you can place them around doorways and windows, or put some in your drawers with your woollies-there is a great tutorial here on how to make some hanging conker moth repellant thingys
8. Apparently, you can make a tincture, which is supposed to help with varicose veins…
9. Or even Viking soap!
10. And finally, if you go really OTT collecting them, you might have enough for your very own Christmas tree (size dependant on how many conkers you have…!)
In case you hadn’t already guessed, I have set up a dedicated Pinterest board for all things conkers-check it out!
And leave a comment to let me know what you do with yours!