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Grateful for Groot: Greatest Fan Tributes to the Guardians of the Galaxy


Guardians of the Galaxy inspired many fans to create tributes to Groot, and we’ve rounded up the best!

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge hit. The wacky adventure in space is already set to get a sequel, but until then fans keep producing incredible works of art inspired by the movie. There’s a lot of love out there for Groot, the gargantuan tree-like alien with a limited vocabulary who travels with Rocket Raccoon. I’ll always remember the surprise and joy of the crowd sitting in the packed theater as the credits started to roll for Guardians of the Galaxy and the dancing baby Groot scene began to play.

So, to keep you smiling about the gentle giant, I’ve gathered up all my favorite fan creations dedicated to Groot. From illustration to crochet, these fan works range from impressive to hilarious to jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Some are even edible! By the end, I’m sure you’ll be joining in the chorus of “We are Groot!”

Groot Cupcakes

Shortbread cookies, cupcakes, and some icing combine into these adorable Groot cupcakes! If you want to make your own, follow along with the video from JK Demin from Koalipops and

Not sure I could eat him, though, he’s so cute!

Crochet Groot

Fans skilled with crochet hooks and knitting needles have been making adorable Groot plushies of all sizes. Check out this amigurimi baby Groot by Twinkie Chan! She released a free pattern so you can make your own little Groot! Go on, get your fiber arts on.

Groot Swing Set

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn shares lots of great fan tributes to the movie on his Tumblr. This incredible Groot swing set will be featured in an upcoming reality show called Super Fans, Super Builds.

Watching the Soaps

China-based artist FermiumIce imagines Groot and Rocket relaxing in front of the space-equivalent of a television. What kind of shows do you think they’d watch? I like to think they’re watching the 1995 animated X-Men series. Check out more of FermiumIce’s work on DeviantArt!

Groot Miniature Model

Lynn Allingham makes amazing miniature models, fitting a whole Sunday roast on a earring and making tiny cheese plate hair clips. She used her skills to make this impressive miniature model of Groot! Check out more of her work on Tumblr and at her shop, Tuck-Shop Jewellery.

How does Groot’s garden grow?

Illustrator Laura Langston made this lovely poster of Groot and Rocket Raccoon, ready to bring spring to the galaxy. Check out more of her illustrations on Tumblr.

A Stitch in Groot

This cross stitch Groot from geeky cross stitch pattern creators EpicStitchery lets you bring the little tree-like hero along anywhere – stitch him into your backpack, your towel, your jean jacket, whatever you need! You can pick up the pattern on Etsy, or if cross stitch isn’t your craft you can purchase a completed piece directly from EpicStitchery. Check out their other geeky designs as well, including Gilmore Girls and Doctor Who!

I wonder if anyone has made a bedazzled Groot?

Musical Groot

Korean artist Miru has made some beautiful drawings of Rocket Raccoon and baby Groot, but this one is my favorite. Check out more of Miru’s work on Tumblr or check out the available prints at Miru’s print shop!

Don’t Call it a House Plant

There’s so few leafy green Groot tributes out there, but I have to smile at this living nod to the little Guardian. Emmuzka on Tumblr grew this fantastic fan-plant!

Anyone want to bet on how long it will be until we have Chia Groot kits on store shelves?

The Giving Groot

This Guardians of the Galaxy and The Giving Tree mashup is simply perfect! Drawn by Isaac Goodheart (isaac1210 on deviantART), this adorable scene is a must for any Thanksgiving fan art collection!

Cosplay Groot

The Escapist‘s own Josh Engen met this Groot cosplayer at PAX Prime 2014! He was dancing all over the convention floor to the music playing on his phone.

A Little Place to Call Home

This baby Groot sculpture gets it own cozy terrarium! US-based artist Serena Guerra on created this using Sculpey clay, acrylic paint, and fake leaves and moss. Plus, it glows in the dark with Groot’s pollen! Check out more great sculptures in Serena Guerra’s gallery on deviantART.

Groot Gets Under Your Skin

Not content to embroider Groot onto your favorite jacket? No space on your collectible shelf for a statue? Why not carry Groot with you everywhere as a tattoo? Check out this vibrant baby Groot tattoo by Atlanta tattoo artist Rob Flat, shared on his Instagram.

Couples Cosplay

An intimidating Rocket Raccoon and Groot couples cosplay! Senior Editor of Comics and Cosplay Ross Lincoln captured this photo at SDCC 2014.

Chocolate or Bust

Cupcakes not your style? Well, how about a bite of this chocolate Groot cake bust, made by the incredible artists at Tattooed Bakers? The bakery is run by Richard Amon and Eddie Lebeau. Based in London, England, Tattooed Bakers makes all sorts of fantastic edible wonders. Check ou their Facebook page for a Doge cake, a bust of Maleficent, and more amazing cakes.

Plant a Tree

During the fundraising push this summer for ALS, Vin Diesel took his challenge one step further, encouraging fans (and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn) to plant a tree for Groot. The campaign took off among Diesel’s followers (his Facebook page is a must for fans) and Diesel himself soon after posted a series of photos as he planted his own tree.

What do you think? Have you made your own Groot art? Was you favorite fan creation not featured? Share it with us in the comments!



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