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Cress heads

Grow your own yummy cress by making a Mr Cress head!

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You'll need:

  • The foot end of a pair of tights
  • A cup
  • Cress seeds
  • Compost
  • Rubber bands
  • Wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners, felt, natural objects e.g. acorns and seeds
  • PVA glue

Growing tips

  1. Place the foot end of a pair of tights inside the cup and overlap the top.

  2. Put about two teaspoons of cress seeds inside the tights. Almost fill the tights with compost.

  3. Remove the tights from the cup and tie the end. Turn it over so the cress seeds are at the top.

  4. Pull out some of the tights with compost inside it to make the nose. Use a rubber band to hold it in place.

  5. Decorate the rest of the face, remembering to leave the top of the head free for the cress to grow like hair.

  6. Place the Mr Cress head on a saucer, water well and leave on a windowsill.

When the seed germinates, cut a cross shape in the top to allow the cress to grow through the tights. When the cress has grown, cut your cress person’s hair and use in a salad or a sandwich – yummy!