Large gumnuts are found on a variety of Eucalypts, and are fantastic for crafting. These little Christmas Angels have large gumnuts for their bodies, and bow-tie pasta wings. The Angel on the left has a sheoak head and gumnut cap hat, while the one on the right has an acorn head and acorn cap hat. Alternatively,you could use wooden beads for the heads. Little plastic eyes finish them off, and the pieces are glued together using a low-melt glue gun.
Making a Christmas reindeer out of seedpods and sticks is really fun and easy. This little one has a large gumnut (Eucalypt seedpod) for it’s body, and a sheoak pod for it’s head. Small sticks make perfect legs and antlers, and it’s all glued together with a low-melt glue gun. Small plastic eyes and a gumnut cap nose, painted red, finishes this little Rudolf off!
This rather spooky spider was made using a sheoak pod for the body and gumnuts glued on as eyes. Pipecleaner legs and fangs made from a hakea pod finish him off. Happy Halloween!
Here’s another easy Christmas nature craft which kids love. Collect some large gumnuts for the body and sheoak pods to make the head. Small twigs can be used for the antlers and legs. Glue them together with a low-melt glue gun to form a little reindeer. Add plastic eyes and a Coral Gum cap for the nose, which can be painted red to turn it into Rudolph.
“Gumnut Babies” originated in the creative mind of iconic English-Australian author & illustrator May Gibbs. “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie” are her most famous characters.
These are my version, made using large gumnuts for the bodies, sheoak pods for the heads, and fresh gum blossom for the hats. The little one on the left has a gumnut cap with wattle glued around it.
I’ve added little plastic eyes, and put them together using a handy dandy low melt glue gun. Easy!