Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Summer Kid Crafts: Grow a Head

Here's a summer craft I saw best explained in pictures. I saw a local toy store selling them in kits (and on Amazon as well) but it's so much cheaper to make one on your own.

Grow a Head
First you take an old nylon and cut it off at the ankle. Sprinkle some grass seed in the toe and spoon in some dirt from the garden.

Grow a Head
Tie the open end off so that you have a ball of dirt inside. You may have to push the seeds around so that they're somewhat evenly distributed around the end.

Glue some googly eyes and a nose in place (buttons work too) then place the heads, knot end down, inside a recycled plastic cup such as a yogurt container.

Grow a Head
Fill the yogurt contained about half-full with water and the nylon end will act as a wick to keep the soil moist.

Wait a bit and see how their hair grows. Here are our guys after a week, they'll be needing a trim pretty soon.

Grow a Head
And nearly everything is recycled materials. Love it.

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Raejean said...

Our Cub Scout pack did this a few months ago. The grass hair got so long I even put a barrette in one!

Kathy G said...


When I was a kid I used to make "heads" out of egg shells. Draw a face on the outside, add soil and grass seed, and keep watered until it grows.

I have no idea what happened to them when they were finished growing, but now I'd just throw everything in the compost pile.

Anonymous said...

I love it!

page2 said...

That is so cute! If I can find some googley eyes around the house we'll do this craft today.

Alex said...

Thank you I will be take this.

Lori said...

Ridiculous that someone would pay 12.99 for a kit! I can remember giving these out as birthday party favors when I was little, though and we had fun with them.

Stephanie Frieze said...

What a clever idea. I'm always looking for things to do with the grandchildren and I think they will like this fine!

Yesterday we did ice cream science and they had a grand (and yummy) time. said...

Those are so fun- I love this idea! I love that Raejean used a barrette. =) Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

Rachel said...

so cute- my kids would love this! thanks for the tip :)

Flea said...

I LOVE it!!!

Lara said...

Just made these with my kids and did a blogpost about them. Thanks for the inspiration! My kids are absolutely in love with them. :)

Jill said...

What a great idea. I can't wait to try this!