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by NYMetroParents Staff June 2, 2014

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If you're growing a garden this year, or if you want to try growing something small before committing to a garden, have your kids help make grassy garden gnomes. The DIY garden decoration—a chia-pet like project—is a great craft for kids.

Grow a grassy garden gnome.

diy grassy garden gnomesDave Brown

Fill your garden with gnomes—with actual growing hair!—to help watch over it and keep you company.


  • 1 pair knee-high nylons

    Tip: This is a messy activity, so do this outside if you can. Otherwise spread newspaper on your work surface.

  • Wide-mouth drinking glass
  • Spoon
  • Grass seed
  • Soil
  • Googly eyes
  • Waterproof glue, such as Gorilla Glue
  • Felt or foam pieces in various colors
  • Paint pens
  • Small clay pots
  • Small bowl
  • Small plastic or Styrofoam cups, such as Dixie cups


diy grassy garden gnomes step 1
Dave Brown

1. Stretch one nylon stocking over the mouth of a wide drinking glass to make pouring the grass seed and soil into the nylon easy. Use a spoon to sprinkle a small handful of grass seed into the stocking.

diy grassy garden gnomes step 2
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2. Pour one to two handfuls of soil on top of the grass seed, pushing the soil all the way down to the toe. Take the nylon off of the drinking glass, and knot the nylon close to the soil to keep the soil in place. This is your gnome’s head.

diy grassy garden gnomes step 3
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3. With the length of leftover nylon hanging downward, glue googly eyes onto the face area and add other facial features using the felt or foam pieces. Let the glue dry completely. Use the paint pens to paint the clay pots.

diy grassy garden gnomes step 4
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4. Fill the bowl with water and invert the gnome’s head into it for several minutes. This wets the soil and grass seed and gets the seed growing.

diy grassy garden gnomes step 5
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5. Insert a small paper cup into a clay pot and fill the cup with water. Flip the gnome’s head right side up and insert the loose end of the nylon into the cup. The nylon will act as a wick to pull water up and keep the grass seed watered. Place the gnome where it will get sunlight, and within a week watch for the seed “hair” to sprout!

Excerpted from Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden (ages 5-12) by Renata Fossen Brown with permission from Cool Springs Press.


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