Make your own “Chia” Head

This is one of my ALL TIME favorite projects! It’s super easy and fun for all ages. Are you a teacher? Make them in class! Are you an RA? Make them for a program!

Supplies:

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– soil
– grass seed
– nylon
– hot glue gun
– googly eyes
– fabric or puff paint

Let’s get started!

1) If your nylon is part of a tights set, cut off one leg to use. If it’s a knee high, just grab one. You don’t have to worry about it being too long right now because you can bunch up the excess to get to the toe of it.

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2) Sprinkle some grass seeds in bottom.  I used about a tablespoon.

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3) Fill it with dirt. I found that sticking the toe inside a beer glass and puling the excess around the glass helped hold it open while I poured in the dirt. Doing the project with a friend is also helpful, because they an hold it open for you. Find what works best for you!

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4) Shape it! Do you want a cone head or something close to a tennis ball?

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5) Pull the nylon as tight as you can around the dirt and tie off the end.

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And snip the extra. This part will be on the bottom of the head, and once it’s resting in a bowl you won’t be able to see it.

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6) Use hot glue to attach the eyes. Hot glue is ideal because it doesn’t take long to dry and it water resistant.

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7) Use your puff paint to give it a mouth.

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8) After the mouth has dried, soak the head in water for a few minutes. It might try to float to the top, so hold it under.

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9) Place your new friend in a sunny area and keep the soil moist.

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It took about a week and a half for mine to sprout, but now his hair is growing like a weed!

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These are so fun because they are so easy to personalize. Give it different sized eyes, freckles, a crazy mouth, a beard; the creative possibilities are nearly endless!

I hope this was easy to follow. If you have any questions, feel free to message me! And if you decide to make some of your own, please share them with me!

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4 Responses to “Make your own “Chia” Head”


  1. 1 Brittany Moore March 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    This is SO AWESOME AND ADORABLE! Please excuse my yelling. :)

    • 2 TheTragicWhale March 27, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Your yelling is always welcome! If I had a nickle for every day THIS WEEK I yelled with excitement, I would have a lot of nickles :D

  2. 3 Jessica April 6, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    This is so cute! Jordan wants one now. Chia head date night in our new apartment? I think yes!


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