DIY grass heads

Create grass heads yourself with these instructions.

Publication date:
27 March 2020
Date range:
March 2020 - ongoing

DIY grass heads

Materials needed

  • Old skin colour tights
  • Grass seeds
  • Sawdust or compost
  • Small yoghurt pot/cup
  • Decorations - googly eyes and fabric scraps for the heads, coloured paper for the bodies, pipe-cleaners for the spectacles... get creative. 
  • Waterproof 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. 


Step 1

Cut tights to size. If not tie a knot in the end and turn inside out to hide the knot. 

Step 2

Stretch the tight over a cup 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 round nose or ears by grabbing a bit of tights and twisting. Fasten base of the nose with some thread or small rubber band. 

Step 6

Glue eyes on with waterproof glue and draw lips on with a sharpy.

Growing your grass heat when you get home

When you're ready to grow your head, give it a good dunking in a bowl of water to moisten the sawdust/soil. Half-fill the cup/yoghurt container with water, and put the head on top, with excess stocking dangling down into the water. 

Put your creation on a windowsill or somewhere with plenty of sunlight. check everyday 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 etc.

Have fun with it.