How to Preserve Buckeyes for Necklaces

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Buckeyes are named for the distinctive white "eye" at one end.
Buckeyes are named for the distinctive white "eye" at one end. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Buckeyes are considered good luck. Some people carry them in a pocket or purse, but there are other uses for them. String them with alternating red and gray glass beads for a necklace popular with Ohio State University students and alumni, make them into a garland to decorate your home or use them in a decorative arrangement of fruits and nuts. Buckeyes are named for the distinctive white "eye" on one end that resembles a male deer's eye.

Things You'll Need

  • Cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
  • Newspapers
  • Drill with 1/16-inch bit

Gather the mature nuts from the ground and remove the outer husks.

Line the cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with newspaper.

Drill a hole in each buckeye and place them on the cookie sheet.

Place the cookie sheet with the buckeyes in an oven heated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for two to four hours, depending on the size of the nuts.

Remove the buckeyes from the oven. Allow them to cool before stringing.

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