Make Your Own Grass Heads
Using recycled materials from around your home
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 at 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
Grass Head MaterialsYou will need:
- Old nylon stockings or pantyhose. Knee highs and pop socks, work great. You can also use regular old socks, but the grass sometimes has trouble poking through.
- Grass seeds . I bought a small "lawn repair kit" which has seeds pre-mixed with slow release fertiliser, but you can use whatever seeds you've got handy. I hear that chives, rye or alfalfa seeds also work well.
- Sawdust or potting mix for stuffing. Or just some soil from your garden. I got a bag of sawdust for free from a big hardware store - they seemed happy to get rid of it!
- Small yoghurt pot .
- Decorations . Goggly eyes and fabric scraps for the heads, coloured paper for the bodies, pipe-cleaners for spectacles... get creative :-)
- Water-proof glue . For sticking on the eyes, lips, etc. I used hot glue, but you can use any sort of glue so long as it won't dissolve in water.
Growing your Grass Heads
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 "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!
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