Make Your Own Chia Pet

By Christeen Savinovich , last updated April 19, 2011

For a fun springtime craft, consider making your own Chia Pet. “Chia Pets” are goofy clay structures that come in the forms of celebrities, cartoon characters and animals. They get Chia seeds slathered into the grooves of their “heads” and, as the seeds sprout and grow, you are delighted leafy green hair substitute that has adorned the head of your pet. Typically you’re limited to purchasing the types of models that are in stores but below you’ll find a fun activity to make, decorate, and personalize your own Chia Pet! This craft is extremely easy and fairly quick to complete. In addition, all the supplies are inexpensive so if you’re a teacher this is the perfect classroom craft.


  • Old Stockings
  • Scissors
  • Googley Eyes
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Or Elmer’s Glue)
  • Grass Seed
  • Potting Mix
  • Rubber bands
  • Small bowl of water

Prep (Should be Done by Adults)

Cut the feet of the stockings off to create the sack that your Chia Pet will be made of. Size can be altered by either increasing or decreasing the length.

Hot gluing the eyes onto the stockings should be done by an adult. The other option is to just use Elmer’s glue. It is important to keep in mind, however, that hot gluing the eyes onto the stockings is the most effective way to secure them.


Once you have the stockings ready decorate them however you like. This can include drawing on facial features with markers, gluing on foam accessories such as glasses, moustaches, or even adding whiskers to create animal Chia Pets.

After, fill the bottom (toe of the stocking) with grass seed. Then fill the rest with potting soil. Tie a knot in the stocking and secure with a rubber band. Place the bottom of the Chia Pet in the dish of water and in sunlight to grow. After a few days you will notice your pet beginning to grow “hair”, you might even consider a trim!

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