How to Make a Beard Forest

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Introduction: How to Make a Beard Forest

About: I'm a 37 year old theatrical designer and educator. I have boundless curiosity, chimerical aesthetic, and Sisyphean perseverance. The results of my whimsical adventures can be found here and on my instagram.

Over two years ago I had thought that started out as a seed and eventually grew into a mighty beard forest. I was once a clean shaven youth who was prone to jaunts into ridiculous facial hair be it Franz Joseph or a Yosemite Sam styled beard. The problem is for some reason no matter how crazy your facial hair is people take it very seriously. Something about a joke that takes six months to grow...

Well one day I was checking my email and saw an instructables staff pick for a how to make a fairy house. I was inspired I could make a fairy house in my beard. However after consulting with some witches it turns out that fairies aren't that nice. I wasn't sure I wanted to invite them into my beard anymore. However I still wanted to do something tiny and ridiculous with my facial hair and so began two years of growing out my beard to have a big enough beard for a whole forest. If you have an hour to kill, already have a big beard, and want to your very own beard forest(maybe a little forest in your hair if you lack a beard) come with me and see how to make a home for tiny lumberjacks on your face!

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

To make your own beard forest you'll need the following

Tools

  • Helping hands
  • Coins(or other spacers)

Materials

  • Super Glue (Cyanoacrylate glue)
  • Cyanoacrylate glue accelerator (we do only have an hour afterall)
  • Small Scale Model Railroad trees and scenery
  • Bobby pins

Step 2: Attaching Roots to Your Beard Trees

With all the materials gathered. It was time to attach the bobby pins to the trees so I could plant them in my beard. To do this I placed a coin in the bobby pin and used the helping hands to hold the tree and pin in the correct orientation. The trees are parallel to the bobby pin for beard use or perpendicularly form the bobby pin for use in hair. If you have more time on your hands you can let the glue dry on its own or you can do what I did and speed it up with a spritz of the accelerator. Because we are in a hurry I made a 20 second time lapse of the whole gluing process. Once you have the trees all glued up and are sure the glue is dry it is time to plant your beard forest.

Step 3: Plant Your Tree Forest and Bask in the Absurdity of What You've Done

I loosely braided my the lower part of my beard to make sure the upper beard hair would be fertile ground for my little trees. Next I looked into a hunk of mirrored acrylic left over from my recent shop stereo project and carefully planted my trees and placed my lumberjack's trailer. It was time to take some ridiculous photos for posterity so future generations can bask in the absurdity of the beard forest. Thanks for taking the time to check out my beard forest. I hope you got a kick out of it. I know I did. If you decide to have your own hair based diorama I'd love to see the end results. Happy making.

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54 Discussions

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Kris T.
Kris T.

3 months ago

More dudes need to do this, it looks super fun! Imagine the themes you guys could come up with lol.

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MaxB171
MaxB171

10 months ago

Thanks for the laugh. Laughed so hard I spat out my morning coffee here in Melbourne Australia. You're a hoot, and a very cool creative one too. I for one would like to see a sprouter - then what alfalfa sprouts grandmas walking past couldn't grab for a free evening salad could weave amongst the luxuriant beard for a picturesque display, then rot as fertiliser for the next year's crop. Also don't forget daisy chain for happy little kids to pluck.

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TinkeringProductions
TinkeringProductions

Reply 10 months ago

I hope your coffee didn't do any damage :) I'm glad you enjoyed the beard forest. As for growing snacks in my beard I already have enough of those saved up from meal times. I am however working on a fashion accessory that will let me grow my own wheat grass snacks. Stay tuned for more details.

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needfulthing
needfulthing

1 year ago

You could add a tiny speaker playing forest sounds in a gloomy corner of your beard! Why? Why not :) Thank you making me smile.

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TinkeringProductions
TinkeringProductions

Reply 12 months ago

Ooooo it could play tiny lumberjack songs. I like where you are going with this. I'm glad I could make you smile. Have a great day.

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MikeO17
MikeO17

1 year ago

I really feel like I have to make this. There's not shortage of bobby pins in my house. My beard is getting scruffy enough. Maybe I'll go for mint and lavender for something soothing!

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TinkeringProductions
TinkeringProductions

Reply 1 year ago

An aroma therapy beard! I love it. If you do please share pictures it will be great to know I'm not alone in being silly with my beard.

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Hey Jude
Hey Jude

Tip 1 year ago

This project is just great. I was taking my morning way too seriously and this helped put it all in perspective =)
That said, I imagine the superglue may not bond well to hair-pins for long. In case you are looking to scale this fashion (I hope you are), I'd recommend binding the trees to the pin first with some cotton thread. Then apply superglue, and it is a really strong combo.
Thanks for posting. Voted. Hope you win!

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sheba92766
sheba92766

1 year ago

Your list of materials had me questioning your logic & safety, until I realized the glue was for the bobby pins. But then again, he's making a BEARD FOREST. No, really I think it's neat. In the winter you could add snow. Next time try a jungle w swinging & climbing creatures & tropical fauna. Put a few short braids up high for them to hang onto. Maybe your lumberjack could try his hand as Tarzan.

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TinkeringProductions
TinkeringProductions

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks for the awesome ideas. Maybe a haunted cemetery for Halloween! Glueing the Bobby pins vs directly to the beard allows for deforestation and reforestation with ease in the future.

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winneremerald12
winneremerald12

1 year ago

This could be a new trend. I should convince my grandfather to do this. I'm sure we'd all have a good laugh. Voted.

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TinkeringProductions
TinkeringProductions

Reply 1 year ago

That would be incredible. If you can convince your grandfather to give it a go I'd love to see how it turns out. Thanks for checking out the instructable and the nice comments. :D

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micjavier
micjavier

1 year ago

im new here on instructables you are my inspiration :) lol good work man! spread the love.

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TinkeringProductions
TinkeringProductions

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you! I'm glad my wackiness was inspiring. Your comment is inspiring too. Thanks for the encoragement!

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tobosbunny
tobosbunny

1 year ago

You have a sense of humor I love and admire. If you can't have fun with life what is the point? Your wife is a lucky woman!

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TinkeringProductions
TinkeringProductions

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed my instructable.

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MargieW16
MargieW16

1 year ago on Step 3

Bask in the absurdity of what you've done. Best quote of the day.

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TinkeringProductions
TinkeringProductions

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks. I whipped up a quick motivational poster just for you! Have a great day.

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Starkey0417
Starkey0417

1 year ago

I absolutely LOVE this! I will be doing this soon!