Grass Heads are super easy (and fun) to make, and make great homemade gifts for kids. Kids especially love trimming the "hair".
In my experience, most grown-ups will love them too! I've never yet seen someone who hasn't laughed or at least smiled a the site of one of these cute heads :-)
Because they're such an easy craft idea, your kids might also like to take part in the making. They'll have good fun decorating the face, and designing clothes and spectacles.
Before you scroll down to my instructions, check out this sweet video I found of a little girl making and trimming a grass head. Mental note: don't let this kid near my hair with a pair of scissors :-P
Step 1: Cut off an 8" (20cm) section of stocking that includes the toe. (You could also use a "tube section" that doesn't include the toe - you'd just have to tie a knot in one end to close it, then turn it inside-out to hide the knot.)
Step 2: Stretch the stocking over a large cup or mug, and spoon in about 2 teaspoons full of grass seeds.
Step 3: Pack in some sawdust or potting soil. Aim for the head to be roughly tennis ball sized.
Step 4: Tie a knot to close the end. No need to cut off the dangly bit.
Step 5: You can make a bulbous nose or ears by grabbing a bit of stocking and twisting. Fasten base of the nose with some thread or a small rubber band.
Step 6: Decorate! Use fabric scraps or permanent marker to decorate the face, and coloured paper to make the yoghurt container into a dress or a suit or whatever you like - get creative! Just make sure that any glues or markers you use for the head are water-proof.
Put your creation on a windowsill or somewhere with plenty of sunlight. Check every day to make sure the head is moist - you might need to dribble a few drops of water onto the head now and then.
"Hair" takes about 1 week to sprout. A full head of hair takes 3-4 weeks to grow, and and "greying and balding" will occur after about 6 weeks. Experiment with different hairstyles :-) You can make mohawks, pony-tails, crew-cuts... have fun with it!
How did you go making your grass head? I hope you had fun :-) If you have any comments or suggestions, or just want to say hi, then please contact me directly. It's always a pleasure hearing from you!
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