When you spot a run in your pantyhose, don't throw them away. While they may no longer be wearable, they are still useful. Transform pantyhose into creative animal toys for kids. Even small children can help you make a snake by filling one leg of pantyhose with crumpled newspaper. Older children will enjoy the challenge of creating a sheep with fleece that grows. By filling pantyhose with grass seed and potting soil and "feeding" the sheep water and sunlight, kids will observe how grass emerges from the pantyhose creature.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- For snake:
- 2-inch piece of red ribbon
- Wiggle eyes
- For black sheep:
- Black pantyhose
- 1 cup grass seed
- 2 cups potting soil
- Small rubber band
- Wiggle eyes
- Black button
- 4 craft corks
- Glue dots
- Shallow dish
Cut one leg from the pantyhose, and stuff it with crumpled newspaper until it resembles a long, thick snake.
Tie the open end of the pantyhose closed with an overhand knot, and trim any excess pantyhose extending out of the knot.
Glue two wiggle eyes to one end of the snake (the end without the knot). Below the eyes, glue one end of the red ribbon to represent a tongue. With scissors, cut a small triangle into the free end of the ribbon to make a forked tongue.
Cut one leg from the pantyhose and trim it so that it is 10 inches long from the toe.
Place 1 tbsp of grass seed in the toe. Place an additional 3 tbsp of potting soil over the grass seed. Add another 1 tbsp of grass seed. Wrap a rubber band around the pantyhose, securing the filled ball, which will be the sheep's head.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp of grass seed into the open end of the pantyhose. Add enough potting soil to just cover the grass seed.
Sprinkle grass seed around the inner-circumference of the pantyhose tube, and then sprinkle enough potting soil to cover the seed. Repeat until you have filled 3 inches of pantyhose, which will be the sheep's body.
Close the open end of the pantyhose with an overhand knot. The knot will represent the sheep's tail. Mold and shape the sheep's head and body as desired.
Use glue dots to fix two wiggle eyes onto the sheep's head. Use a glue dot to attach a black button to represent the nose. Use glue dots to attach the four corks to the sheep's underbelly to represent legs.
Fill a bowl with water, and submerge the sheep, letting it soak for 5 minutes. Remove the sheep from the water.
Fill a shallow dish with about 1 inch of water. Place the sheep on its legs in the water. Ensure that the water touches the sheep's underbelly, adding water if necessary.
Place the dish where the sheep can get plenty of sunlight. Refill the water daily so that it touches the sheep's underbelly, and watch as green "fleece" begins to grow.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid using portions of the pantyhose that have runs. If you must, stitch the run closed with a needle and thread.
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