How to Make a Paper Cup Person With Growing Grass Hair

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You can make a really cute miniature person out of a paper cup and some construction paper. The best thing about this craft project is that the figure's hair will grow because it really is grass--just like in your yard. When the hair gets too long, give your person a haircut. If you want to make your person a girl, let its hair grow and put a barrette in it to make a pretty hairdo. Just make sure you keep your person's head watered and put it on a windowsill so it can get enough sunlight, or the hair will stop growing.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper or Styrofoam cup
  • Spoon
  • Potting soil
  • Craft glue
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Grass seed
  • Fill the cup with potting soil so that there is around 1 inch between the top of the soil and the rim of the cup. Moisten the soil with water so that it feels damp, but not so much that it seems like mud. Sprinkle about 1 tsp. of grass seed on top of the damp soil. Then sprinkle about 1 tsp. of soil over the grass seed.

  • Decide what kind of person you want to make. Will it be a man or a lady? Will it be a clown or a serious person? Cut out construction-paper lips, eyes, eyelashes and a nose. Use craft glue to stick them on the cup. The entire cup is the face.

  • Add two arms and two legs. Cut out four rectangular pieces of construction paper, each 1 inch wide by 11 inches long. Fold each piece of paper 11 times until it is a folded square that is 1 inch by 1 inch. Then unfold the paper. It will look like an accordion. Paste one piece at each side of the cup to make the arms. Paste two pieces so that they stick out from the front at the bottom of the cup to form legs.

  • Place the paper-cup person on a sunny windowsill. Keep the grass seed watered. It will take a couple of weeks for the grass to sprout. When the grass gets too long, trim it with a pair of scissors.

Tips & Warnings

  • This project is great for teaching how seeds grow to kindergarteners and grade schoolers. The paper-cup people will decorate the classroom windowsills as the children wait for the grass to sprout. Then the students can take their "people" home.

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