Hi, guys! I have spent long hours trying to make up my mind concerning the next Instructable I would like to offer you. Among a rich variety of handmade items I have made for my friends or for home decoration, I have finally found the one, which will definitely be a great surprise for you. This is especially true if you have kids at home. The souvenir I’m talking about is a cute Grass Tiger! It looks unusual and can give any child the unbelievable spectrum of emotions he/she will remember for years to come! By the way, you can make this Grass Tiger with your kid, thus encouraging your son or daughter to be fond of creative handmade items! So, let’s get started!
Step 1: Supplies
To make your Grass Tiger, you will need the following supplies:
- Wood shredding
- Lawn grass
- Nylon stockings
- A needle
- Brown thread
- Acrylic paints
- Googly eyes
Step 2: Prepare the Stocking for the Toy
Cut a piece of stocking, which should be about 20 cm long. Take a needle and a thread and stitch the edge of the stocking. Then tie up the thread as it shown on the photo, fasten it off and turn inside out.
Step 3: Fill in the Stocking With Lawn Grass
Take the lawn grass you have prepared and fill in the stocking with it. Note: you should place the grass to those areas, where you would like it to grow. The more lawn grass you will put inside, the more magnificent it will look in the result!
Step 4: Add Wood Shredding
Fill in the stocking with the wood shredding and stitch the upper part of it to give it a round-shaped look. Tie up the thread well. Cut off the remaining part of the stocking.
Step 5: Cut the Strips
Take the remaining part of the stocking you have just cut off and prepare the strips to further use them as the strings
Step 6: Form the Toy
Take the ball you have made using the stocking and define its upper part, which is in the darker place. First, make a nose by separating a part of the wood shredding and tying it up with the strip you have cut in the previous step. Repeat the same actions to make ears, legs, arms and a head. This is what you will get in the result. Looks cute, doesn’t it?
Step 7: Paint the Toy
Take acrylic paints and color the tiger as you wish. This is how mine looked like! Wait until the paint dries out. This may take several hours. It is better to leave the toy for the night to be sure the paint has dried out well.
Step 8: Place the Toy Into Water
Attach googly eyes. Place the painted toy into water for about 2-3 hours
Step 9: Leave the Toy in the Warm and Light Place
Leave the wet toy in the warm and light place and pour water onto it every day.
Step 10: Watch the Result!
Watch the way your Grass Tiger changes every day. This is how mine looked in 10 days! Hopefully, yours will be so cute as well! Good luck!