Hairy Caterpillar

My sister used to make these really fun little people out of stockings dirt and grass seed with my nephews.  I always loved them, and so did the kids!  This little project from is a variation of the ones my sister made.  They are really easy for the kids to make, and will have them coming back every day to check on them, with mounting excitement waiting for the “hairs” to start growing.  Spring is the perfect time for these little guys.


Here are the instructions from Spoonful:

What you’ll need

  • 4 cups potting soil
  • 4 tablespoons quick-sprouting grass seed (we used ryegrass seed)
  • Small yogurt container or paper cup
  • Knee-high nylon stocking
  • Colorful ponytail holders
  • Scissors
  • Plastic bag
  • Bobby pin
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Small pom-poms

How to make it

  1. Combine the potting soil and grass seed in a large bowl.
  2. The Very Hairy Caterpillar Step 1 Cut the bottom from a small yogurt container or paper cup for a funnel, then slide a knee-high nylon stocking over it, as shown.
  3. The Very Hairy Caterpillar Step 3 Pour or spoon 3⁄4 to 1 cup of the soil mixture into the stocking, then slide a colorful ponytail holder over the end of the stocking to section off the pocket of soil. Repeat this process to make 5 soil-filled segments. Tie a knot in the top of the stocking and trim away any excess nylon.
  4. Submerge the caterpillar in water for 10 minutes, then place it in a plastic bag and let it sit overnight.
  5. The Very Hairy Caterpillar Step 5Remove the bag and loop a semi-straightened bobby pin through the front of the stocking, then glue a googly eye onto each end of the pin. For antennae, cut a pipe cleaner in half, glue a small pom-pom onto one end of each half, and stick them in place.
  6. Set your caterpillar on a plate by a sunny window and generously water the whole thing every other day. Your critter should sprout hair in about 4 to 5 days.