Buckeye nuts are often seen around the holidays and are used in crafts. Once they have fallen off a buckeye tree in the fall they are ready to be collected and used for craft projects. Buckeye crafts can last for many years. Jewellery, key chains or garland can be made from buckeyes.
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Construct Christmas garland using craft wire and several buckeye nuts. Drill small holes with a 1/16-inch drill bit into the buckeyes. String them on craft wire. Knot the wire at the ends to keep the buckeyes from sliding off. Add beads between the buckeyes to add colour and make an eye-catching garland piece. The garland can be designed to fit any decor for any occasion. To make a 6-foot garland you need 50 to 60 buckeye nuts. Construct wreaths out of garland by weaving the garland in a round shape and securing the ends together.
Make necklaces and bracelets using buckeyes. Drill holes through the buckeyes to string them onto satin cord or jewellery wire. Coloured jewellery wire is available to add colour to your necklace or bracelet project. Add beads or charms to the necklace as well along with buckeye nuts. Make earrings by drilling a small hole into the buckeye and then attach a dangle earring hook into the hole using a small bit of jewellery wire.
Make simple key chains using buckeyes and suede cord or thick string. Drill holes into the buckeyes and slide them onto the cord. Add small trinkets or beads along with buckeyes to personalise your key chain. A split key ring or lanyard hook can be tied onto the cord for keys or clipped onto a purse or bag for added design.
Make Christmas ornaments with buckeyes to hang on your tree or for simple decoration. Using hot glue, glue clusters of buckeyes together and paint them for a shelf or table decoration. Small hanging ornaments can be made by drilling a hole to add a string or yarn through the buckeye for hanging. Acrylic paints work well with a small brush to paint colourful designs on the buckeyes for ornament decorations.
Use a plain wooden picture frame and hot glue buckeyes around the frame to add design. If it's a thick wooden frame, arrange the buckeyes in a pattern around the frame as well. Paint or other small items such as sequins can be added to the frame design.
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