Teasel is a common biennial "weed" that has distinctive spiny flower heads. These unique flower heads dry right on the tall prickly stems and are extremely long-lasting in dried arrangements or for craft projects. Teasel is commonly found in fields and meadows and along the roadside. They are more conspicuous in the fall after the flowers have dried and turned to a beautiful golden brown. The stiff prickly stems are great additions to natural fall arrangements.
My first introduction to teasel critters was at the retirement village of Foulkeways in Gwynedd, PA where my in-laws were living. On one visit, my mother-in-law took me down to the Nature Room where there was a display of various "teasel critters". There were wonderful squirrels, bunnies, woodchucks, reindeer, and you name it, they had created it! It is easy to do - all you need is a little imagination and a few supplies!
The following is an excerpt from the Brandywine River Museum website that describes how to create a cute teasel reindeer. You can substitute beads for the eyes and nose if you don't have the appropriate berries at hand and the legs can be made of twigs instead of soybean pods. Just use your imagination and the materials you have at hand.
Be very careful with the shears, hot glue gun, and scissors. Always supervise young children!
1 small teasel
1 large teasel
2 dried daylily stems
2 golden chain tree seeds
1 small dried red seed
clear acrylic spray
2 white pinecone petals
1 pussy willow
8" lightweight, green floral wire
From: Brandywine River Museum
See how many different kinds of critters you can create!