Monday, March 30, 2009

Grass Heads

I love these supercute soggy creatures.
You only need socks, burlap, or some other loosely woven cloth, some sort of grass seed, a rubberband or twist tie, buttons, pins, and soil.

Open your sock or material over the rim of a mug, and put in the seeds.

Next add your soil, pushing it in firmly.
Twist the opening to tighten, lifting it out of your mug, and tie it with the rubberband or the twisty.

Trim off the excess material and water thoroughly.
Turn it over, and shape your creature how you like, and add your eyes and nose.
Keep it on a saucer or plate with water in the dish so that your seedlings won't dry out.
Soon you'll have hair!



This craft idea comes from Usborne Big Book of Things to Do.

24 comments:

jennrs said...

These are totally getting added to my summer craft list for the Club kids!!! I just had a friend donate an entire grocery bag full of old socks---EXCITING!

LillyZoo said...

I can't wait to see them!

Joy said...

Those are SO stinkin' cute! We might have to make some of those. Would threadbare socks work?

Stephanie said...

Jenn - Awesome!

Joy - I'm sure they'd work best!

Zachary and Jennifer said...

Neat Idea!

It will be fun to watch the heads grow.

Jennifer

Jane said...

Adorable! I've done it with nylons but never socks or burlap. I've got some burlap but haven't felt inspired-now I know what to do with it!

Tara said...

These are so fun! I know Owen would enjoy making some.

Anne said...

They look so cute! Great idea.

Rachel said...

Those are great! We made one at a fall festival and the grass is still growing. Our's was made with panty hose and a glued on face (that has since fallen off). I love the idea of using socks and sewn on buttons - so cute!

Amber said...

Oh I have been meaning to make some of these guys in ages...i believe you have inspired me that bit further to get to making them.
Take care...xx

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

Hey! I have a question for you -- how do you plan your crafty/sciency/etc activities for the kids? Is it just day by day, or do you plan your week out...?

Sarah said...

Those are sweet!!! I have some old socks that would be perfect for that!

Stephanie said...

Crunchy Christian Mom -
[grin] Plans don't work so hot at our house.

I just keep things in mind, and when it feels like a good time for something, I run it past the babes. If they're up for it, we do it.
If I'm up for it (such as an experiment), and one/they are not, I'll do it, and sometimes they'll join in or I'll holler "Hey, come check this out!, it's so cool!"
:)
That's about it.

Lynch Family said...

I never get tired of "Magic School Bus" (I am almost 35!)
I LOVE USborne.
The museum looks FANTASTIC! If you are ever in the area I suspect your gang would love the Wyoming Dinosaur Center outside Thermopolis.

Great photos, as always!

anna kiss said...

Putting Grass Heads on our list!

MettaMama said...

Too cute! Thanks for sharing!

Christie said...

That looks like tons of fun!

nocton4 said...

wonderful fun, I love these xx

creativejewishmom.com said...

This is great! I was going to write about post about the same thing showing the photo of my store bought ones with instructions on how to make your own, and I see you've beat me to it! Yeah! I'd just love it if you'd come to my blog linking party (thru Tuesday) and link to this so I can share it with readers next week @creativejewishmom.com
all the best, and hope to see you there!

creativejewishmom.com said...

Hi Stephanie, I'm finally sharing this with my readers today @creativejewishmom.com Thanks so much for a great project! Would love to see you again at my blog linking party, still open today!

margo said...

Oooh, I love em! The one that looks like a potato on the far right is great! What a terrific idea. I'm gonna put it right on my 'To Do' list.

Amanda said...

OMG these are so awesome! Never seen these before, so unique!

I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like! http://funfamilycrafts.com/

made by iSa said...

Excellent ! I love this idea !

Jillian said...

What a fabulously fun idea! I just know my M and m will love them!