“I am Groot.”
Marvel Comics fans may already be familiar with this phrase, but the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie is about to make it exceedingly popular…probably to the point of annoying.I don’t know what the movie plans for this Monarch of Planet X, but this is pretty much the only phrase uttered by the Guardians member named Groot. One of the powers of this Flora colossus, besides hanging out with a tyrannical little raccoon, is being able to regrow, even if he has been destroyed, as long as there is at least one little cutting left of him.
This variation on the wire tree craft that harkens back to grade school art class, is an easy way for all ages to create a posable little “Grootling” for the house.
• Two or three shades of brown chenelle craft stems (aka pipe cleaners); about 40 total
• Two Black beads
• Red or orange glue-on rhinestones
• Green seed beads and thin beading wire (optional)
- Twist all the stems together as tight as you can in the middle, for his “trunk,” leaving about one-third on each end untied.
- Divide one end into two equal parts (the legs), and the other into three parts, two two equal thin parts and one larger part (the head and arms). This should start to resemble a little person. (Top photo)
- Twist the legs and arms similar to the trunk, leaving the ends open.
- Divide the ends of each limb into three our four little ends, and twist into shape for some craggy fingers and toes.
- Thread a small black bead over two of the “head’s” stems for the eyes. Use either a small piece of black twine tied around about three stems for the mouth, of simply draw it on with black marker afterwards. (Center photo)
- Twist the head like the trunk and legs, leaving the end open to twist around for his “hair” branches.
- Enhance him by gluing a few random rhinestones on him with a glue gun.
- If you want, add a few leafy branches by twisting some seed beads onto wire and sticking them into the folds between the stems. Secure these in place, with a glue gun. (Bottom photo)
Place him in the house near sunlight and other plants, speak encouraging words to him, and be wary of any little raccoon tracks in the general vicinity.
For more Guardians of the Galaxy fun, see Lisa’s DIY Star-Lord-Inspired Care Package on GeekMom.