This time of year my daughter always arrives home from our walks pockets laden with conkers. She is also terrified of spiders, so was fascinated to hear the old folk tales that conkers keep spiders away. How does this work? Who knows? but theories include a chemical the conkers emit that is noxious to spiders. Well, we certainly don’t want to go poisoning any spiders, so we decided to use our conkers to make a magical spell bead wreath instead.
What you will need….
- About 50 conkers for a wreath this size
- Gold paint (or a colour of your choice – white would also be lovely)
- Wire – we used wire stripped from the inside of cable
- Pliers for bending the wire
- A good drill
We made the wreath on the day of the new moon. so we decided we wanted our magic to work across the moon cycle from new moon, full moon to dark moon. My daughter and I painted different aspects of the Moon on to the conkers from Waxing to Waning.
My daughter asked the spiders to stay hidden and not scare us in the house, as she painted each conkers with a moon phase, and I asked the same, reminding them that with 3 cats in the house, keeping out the way was probably in their interest too!
We left the conkers to dry for a few hours and then I drilled a small hole in each one for the wire to pass through. We threaded the conkers beads – again adding our wishes. I then used the pliers to secure the spell, by closing the circle of conkers beads.
The wreath has the look and feel of Tibetan prayer beads – with a little extra magic thrown in. Now my daughter can take it with her into any room she feels she needs that bit of extra magical protection.
At the moment though it is hanging happily in our porch – just a reminder to any spiders that they are welcome but they must try to stay hidden and not go darting out from under things when we least expect it – so far, so good.
Happy Waxing Moon xo