Grass is all around us. So why not celebrate it with these great summery grass crafts?
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These would be perfect activities to tie in with the book In the Tall Tall Grass.
I used two types of green paper and made loads of scissor cuts to resemble grass. This would be great scissor practice for older kids! I kept all the pieces that I cut out as individual blades of grass. I glued all the paper grass to a length of card, building them up in layers.
I glued a few pieces of magnetic tape to the back of the card so that it could stick to a magnetic surface (presentation board, dishwasher, fridge etc).
Then I hid various farm animals behind the grass for F to find and identify. Safari animals would also be great for this.
Another day I hid some magnetic fabric alphabet letters behind the grass using the vertical surface of the dishwasher. The grass made from construction paper held up to this much better – the thinner paper rolled down.
But we also used the letters and grass on the magnetic board with the grass the other way up.
While we were in a grass mood – we also made this Grass and Leaf Collage!
On a walk to the park we collected some grass and leaves. Back at home we made a lovely fresh green collage using Contact paper.
I taped the collage to the window as a suncatcher but couldn’t quite capture the bright green colours, so it has come out more like a nature silhouette.
These activities were part of our Green Crafts and Activities week.
Oct 30, 2015 - By Abigail Payne-Humphries in Saving Money
Don’t ask us why, but artificial grass is one of the easiest and fastest kinds of sample to obtain. It’s designed to replicate real grass and there are a great many companies out there competing against each other to offer their product to you. Below are two artificial grass samples which we have featured on our website, but there are plenty more to be found with a simple Google search.
Free Lazy Lawn Artificial Grass
Free Artificial Grass Samples
You must be thinking, ‘what use are fake grass samples to me if I’m not planning to landscape my garden or cover a football pitch?’ Well, we think fake grass has almost infinite potential for arts and crafts projects. Below are a few suggestions for projects you can try.
First: some tools you may need:
~ Strong pair of scissors / garden shears
~ Stapler / glue gun /super glue
Embellish a doll’s house or create accessories for your home.
Craft Ideas with Artificial Grass
With the help of Pinterest and other similar websites, we found these clever ideas (pictured) for adding a quirky touch to your home with fake grass.
The house number plaque below has simply been cut with strong scissors or shears and stuck into the mould. The beauty of working with fake grass is that you don’t notice wonky cut outlines; the fluffy grass hides all sins.
The cushions requires larger sheets of fake grass, but you could still achieve a similar result with lots of small patches instead. You’d get an effect like a grassy patchwork quilt.
We love the table runner. This would be a lovely touch at a wedding with a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme.
Here are some home decor ideas using artificial grass.
We think the flip flops (below) are a clever concept. Whether you’re inside or out, you’ll always feel grass beneath your toes!
If you’re a little avant-garde with your fashion, homemade fake grass jewellery makes a quirky addition to an outfit. You could add it to earrings, headbands, necklaces, bracelets, rings and anything you can think of.
From top left: A grass necklace, innovative flip flops, decorative ceiling lamp and grass coasters
Have you tried making something with artificial grass? If not, have we tempted you to give it a try? Let us know in the comments; we love hearing from you!
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Give your school project a green twist with this ReadyGrass® Vinyl Mat. a tiny hillock using heat gun and scrape off its surface to create roads and water areas.
Discover the maintainable gold that is taking the world by a storm. Golden grass, the long gilded golden stem which is mostly found in the wet land of Gop village in Puri district. Its main distinguishing is its natural brightness and golden color, hence its common name “sikki”. It can only be harvested in few months of the year. At harvest, the flower bud is removed and scattered in the wet grassland where they are harvested. This provisions the sustainability of handicraft work and funds to those who producing it. The art of working with golden grass was beforehand taught to local women by homegrown people throughout the region around, probably from the antique ethnic group, by using backbones like needles to weave and sew the grass. This method is very popular even today and has been passing on from group to generation. Products are sourced unswervingly from artisans' communities and producer-owned connotations that come from remote regions. These communities have found a very commanding way to support their families by making desirable eco-friendly jewelry and home tickertapes which they would then sell to local people and travelers visiting the region.
To make the sikki (Golden Grass) grass usable, it is first cut from its base and then dried for some days. The blossom part, the stem of golden grass is not used for crafts making, it is thrown away and the remaining portion of the golden grass is sliced and shaved with the help of a knife or by teeth. The golden grass is considered by its wonderful beautiful golden color, so it is also called Golden Grass. It is also colored into dissimilar shades of colors like red, yellow, green, deep blue, purple, and pink, etc. with the natural golden color to make the final product more attractive. Golden grass is soaked in water to make it more flexible as it is coiled everywhere the munj. The coloring is achieved by boiling golden grass in different colors. Now the main form is shaped with munj or khar (other type of grass) to deliver the basic shape and additional asset to the sikki product. Due to its abundance, usually munj is used for coiling purpose in Gop. Then the munj is totally coiled over and covered with golden grass so that it is not noticeable through the encasing. Then the main tool, takua is used prudently because it can also cut golden grass if the artisan doesn’t use it carefully. The product being made is held firmly with the left hand while the right hand is totally free to wield the takua. These artisan make different designs and patterns with golden grass, they also syndicate dyed golden grass with natural color to give it more artistic and gorgeous look. It requires not only skill but lots of creativity, attentiveness and patience.
To celebrate summer time we’re making a crown of grass. This craft was inspired by Ms. Lora from our local library’s summer preschool story time. She made this crown with our preschoolers. The kids loved it and they looked adorable. It requires only basic supplies and a wide age group can create them. It is a simple preschool activity to celebrate summer.
Crayons, stapler, crayons, scissors, a piece of green construction paper, summer stickers
Cut the piece of green construction in half. Then snip the edge of one side of the paper to make grass. If you are concerned about your child cutting the paper all the way through, draw a line so that she will know where to stop.
If your kiddo is younger, that may be all of the cutting that they want to do, but if you have an older child they may like to snip the edges some more to make it look more grass-like. They can also add come color to make it look more realistic. Here’s a comparison:
Once the grass is cut add stickers of summer critters, flowers, bugs, birds, and anything else related to the season. Then staple the two pieces to make one long strip. Size it to your child’s head and staple the other ends together to finish the crown.
Adorable. I need someone to model it!
This craft would coordinate well with the movie “Epic”.
Have fun cutting grass together! 🙂
Just click the images below to see a few of our favorite books that connect to the craft. They are about grass and summer time.
Filed Under: Motor, Spring!, Summertime!
Discover the maintainable gold that is taking the world by a storm. Golden grass, the long gilded golden stem which is mostly found in the wet land of Gop village.
There are many ways to weave a grass basket. The following technique is just one of many. Every basket weaver has his/her own preferred method. You don’t have to do everything like it says in this tutorial. Grass basket weaving is so simple, you will get nice results no matter what. Dare to be creative!
long, blunt needle (buy here*)
Collect an armful of grass. You can use it as is or simply let it dry for a while. The longer the blades, the better. It works with shorter blades of grass too, but it might take a little longer.
Start with a small bundle of long grass blades. The bundle should be about as thick as your finger. Tie it together with the yarn on one end.
Wrap the yarn around the end a few fingers width.
Start to coil the grass like a snail. It can be a bit stubborn in the beginning. Maybe it helps if you loosen (or tighten) the yarn a little bit more.
Form a tight loop and tie it with the yarn.
Now the fun begins! The grass is coiled and stitched together with the yarn. (I like to twist the grass as I coil it, to give the basket more density, but this step is optional)
At this point you will need a long, blunt needle. (buy here*) To stitch the grass, wrap the yarn around the loose grass and stitch down through the grass coil just underneath the wrapped yarn. This is how the grass basket will get its stability.
The new yarn always passes through the grass and underneath the yarn. If the gaps between the stitches get too wide, just make an additional stitch.
Your bundle of grass should have the same thickness all throughout the basket. If it gets too thin, add a few new blades. It works best, if you hide the new blades in between the old ones. So the ends will stay hidden.
Work your way around the coil. Add new blades if your bundle gets too thin. Make extra stitches if the gaps get too wide.
Continue with the coil until the base has the diameter of the basket you want to make.
Take a look at your grass coil from both sides. Usually the stitches on the topside form a nice, neat pattern. The stitches underneath look a little more messy.
Before I start with the sides of the basket, I turn the coil upside down. That way the “neater” side will later be on the outside of the basket and the messier one will be on the inside.
Now you can start with the sides. For this you simply stop sewing the rounds next to each other, but start sewing them on top of each other. In the first round you can stitch them together a little off-center for a softer transition.
Always make sure that you grass basket is even. Sometimes you’ll have to bend the basket a little. If the walls are higher or lower in some places, it can help to stitch down the grass a little tighter (or looser) in that area.
If you are happy with the size of the grass basket, you can stop adding new blades into your bundle.
Once your bundle starts to get very thin, you can sew up the ends slightly on the inside of your grass basket.
Secure everything with a tight knot and cut off the excess blades.
And that is all you have to do to weave a simple grass basket! It is surprisingly sturdy and keeps its shape even months later. Grass basket weaving is so much fun, that this will surely be just one of many more baskets! 🙂
I made a whole set of them. 🙂
You can also use this techniques to make different shapes of baskets. If you want a more rounded basket, you need to stitch the rows together slightly off-center. This way you can direct the shape in- or outwards as you wish.
Try to use different materials. Straw works really well. You can get amazing results with raffia (buy here*), rushes or other plant fibers. Even wood wool can be worked into a rustic basket.
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There are many ways to grass basket weaving. This simple technique is just one of many. Learn how to make your own grass basket with a step by step tutorial.
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