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How to Make a Growing Grass Head Doll, Step by Step

I thoroughly enjoy these charming heads that sprout grass. They make great gifts!

Chad is a very creative growing grass head project.

Chad is a very creative growing grass head project.

“Lonely? Grow Yourself a Head.”

I just bought a grass head for my girlfriend after I saw the one my mother bought for herself. The grass doll she has cost less than $3, and I thought it was a brilliant idea to decorate your home or garden. It is cheap, creative and fun; you can make them yourself as well. So far, the face designs I have seen haven't impressed me much, although when the hair (grass) starts to grow, they look really nice.

The last video I present involves some very creative grass dolls.

Grass Heads Are Also Known As:

  • Mohawk Grass Doll
  • Chia Doll (As seen in Fox New's Chia's Obama Commercial)
  • Grass Heads
  • Grass Doll
Monster Grass Head

Monster Grass Head

Materials You'll Need

  • Grass seeds. Buy them from any nursery garden. You could also try chives, rye or alfalfa seeds to get creative. A Youtuber is experimenting with wheat grass to eat the hair after it has grown. Find the video at the end.
  • Pantyhose or old nylon stockings. Pop socks or knee highs… you get it. Apparently, you can use any kind of socks, but grass could have a difficult time sprouting from other than pantyhose or stockings.
  • Sawdust or potting soil. This is to stuff your grass head. Does grass grow on your lawn? Then I guess soil from there would work just as well. Soil is cheap so get the best for your dolls.
  • Small jar or yogurt pot. The traditional way to grow them is in a jar so the head can take water constantly. This also provides a body that you can decorate and give the grass doll some personality.
  • Accessories. The usual are googly eyes and fabric scraps for the mouth, but the most awesome grass heads wear eyeglasses and jewelry from recycled materials. Place no limits to your creativity.
  • Water-proof glue. So you can paste the face parts without them dissolving with the water. Some people find it easy to use a hot glue gun like in the instructional video below.

How to Make a Growing Grass Head Doll

  1. First cut off the stocking around 8 inches (20 cm), make sure to include the toe. If the sock you are using doesn't include the toe then just tie a knot in one end to close it (turn it inside out to hide the knot).
  2. Get yourself a large mug to stretch the stocking on.
  3. Add two teaspoons full of grass seeds into the toe.
  4. Fill the stockings with sawdust, or the potting soil or water dirt grows outside from your home. The size of Grass Head should be slightly bigger than a tennis ball.
  5. Close the end with a knot and leave a tail. The one a bought doesn´t include the tail, so it isn´t completely necessary unless you want to make a body for the Grass Doll, which I recommend not only for fun but to have a place to sit it.
  6. now that you have the head, it is time for the features. Make a “ball” nose and ears by grabbing a bit of stocking and twisting. To hold it, fasten the nose and ears with a rubber band. Now you have a standard Grass Head.
  7. To give it some personality use fabric scraps, permanent marker or any other decorative material. Your own personal Frankenstein is coming to life!
  8. You got the Grass Head done if you want to give it a body take the yogurt container or jar and use some colored paper to turn it into a dress, superhero costume, robot… you tell me!

Word of advice: Remember, the grass head will be constantly wet, so use waterproof materials.

Growing grass head with cotton tail.

Growing grass head with cotton tail.

How to Grow Your Grass Head Doll

  1. Dunk the Grass Doll in water for the entire night (some people just soak it for a while, but these are the instructions a got in the nursery garden).
  2. Half fill the “body” or jar with water. Put the head on top with the tail of the stocking falling into the water. Others I´ve seen have a cottontail attached from the head to the water, like a bridge to help it keep moist. If you are not making a body don´t bother with this.
  3. The seeds will begin to germinate after three days. Add water the head every 2-3 days with sunlight during the mornings, so the grass grows a nice green color.
  4. The grass will sprout from the head after 5 to 7 days. After it has grown more than 5cm, you can begin to trim it however you like.

Grass begins to turn brown and die after three months. Remember to tell kids about this.

Watch the Video on How to Make a Grass Head Step by Step

  • This Grass Head is somewhat small but is the same process.
  • The next video involves some creative looking Grass Dolls.

How to make your own "Chia Pet" Grass Head

Just Imagine All the Grass Heads You Could Make by Being More Creative

  • Bart Simpson grass doll (an obvious example since he already has vertical arrow hair).
  • A stegosaurus with grass instead of spikes!
  • Grass Porcupine with grass spines sprouting out its back
  • A punk head Mohawk of grass painted with different colors

Children love these dolls because they are actually an interactive toy. They have to water it regularly; they can trim the grass hair to a particular style and nurture it with sunlight and fertilizer.

Growing Grass Heads

Most Creative Grass Heads

© 2013 David Trujillo Uribe

Comments

David Trujillo Uribe (author) from Medellin, Colombia on November 19, 2013:

They are very cool, kids love them.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on November 19, 2013:

These are so cool. I bookmarked the page; I think making one of these would be fun to do with the kids. Thanks for posting!

David Trujillo Uribe (author) from Medellin, Colombia on October 24, 2013:

Sounds like a great idea. Make a Hub about it and I´ll link to it.

LongTimeMother from Australia on October 23, 2013:

Oh, I wish I'd thought of this years ago! I grow and harvest chia every year and my kids have helped me (there's photos of them playing with seed and 'experimenting' on my chia hub) but I never thought to get them making chia heads.

I have an abundance of chia seeds. This year I'll give a handful of seeds to all the local children. lol.

Great hub. Thanks, David.

Grass head maniac on September 22, 2013:

Ello mate

David Trujillo Uribe (author) from Medellin, Colombia on August 20, 2013:

Thanks for your comment Fox. Hope to see around my hubs more often

David Trujillo Uribe (author) from Medellin, Colombia on August 20, 2013:

They are easy and fun to do with the kids. Creative faces really make them special.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on August 20, 2013:

I've seen the Chia pets, but never thought about making one without the kit. Your instructions make it sound easy.