Monday, 20 January 2014
Hi everyone, you know me well enough by now to know what I love being outdoors in the garden as much as possible. Indeed, it’s my new year’s resolution. However there are times when even I am beaten by the weather and decide to stay indoors, all nice and cosy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still garden. Today I am going to share the coolest indoor gardening project yet – make your own hairy caterpillar!
Most gardeners think I am weird as I love the “enemies” such as snails and caterpillars. In this blog I am going to show you how to make your own big hairy caterpillar which won’t munch your cabbages. Instead it will grow some lovely cress for you! Here’s how…
You will need:
1. Take your egg box and remove the top half. Ask a grown up to cut off the pointy bits so your egg box can sit flat when you turn it upside down. Now you can paint it green.
2. Cut out a round head from a piece of card and paint it green too. Leave the box and the head to dry then glue the head to the body.
3. Add colourful pom poms to your caterpillar.
4. Cut the pipe cleaners and make feelers and sellotape them to the back of the head. Glue on googly eyes and draw on a smiley mouth.
5. Add cotton wool to each hole, pour in a little water to make it damp and then sprinkle your cress seeds. Pop it on a sunny windowsill and within a week you will see your cress sprouting and your caterpillar will become a hairy caterpillar! I love adding the cress to some boiled egg for eggy cressy sandwiches!