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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: MAKE YOUR OWN MAN-EATING PLANT!!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

MAKE YOUR OWN MAN-EATING PLANT!!!

HALLOWEEN CRAFT: MAN-EATING MONSTER PLANT

One of the easiest Halloween crafts I've ever made has to be the "Man Eating Monster Plant" I presented on the Home & Family Show recently.
This Halloween plant craft is rewarding because it features many repurposed materialsthat can be found in your yard or garage.
The whimsical plants look like they are from the cult classic, "Little Shop of Horrors!"
 
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The "Man-Eating Monster Plant" was designed by Dave Lowe, the talented art director for the show and is part of his "master Halloween design plan" for the front yard.
When Dave explained the craft to me, I was blown away and responded, "Genius!"
The steps are simple, making the monster plants an ideal family craft to get your kids involved in decorating for Halloween.
 
 
Start to finish (not including waiting 30 minutes for foam to dry), the project took less than an hour to make.
Once you have the materials for one plant, making another dozen is no big deal.
As a matter of fact, I would put together a group of monster plants in varying heights for the best effect.
 
 
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I was so excited to present this Halloween craft to the audience because the results are very impressive and the plant can be styled in a variety of ways.
You can add skeletons to the display or spiders and skulls.
Make it as mild or macabre as you dare!
 

Watch the video segment of Man-Eating Monster Plants
 

Materials

Tree branch
Flower pot
Spray foam insulation
Artificial pumpkin
Spray or brush-on paint in green or any whimsical color
Silk or faux leaves
Hot glue
Pumpkin carver
Decorative touches such as moss, skeletons, spiders, bones
 
 

Instructions

1. Find a tree branch from your yard with nice branch pattern
2. Find an old flower pot
 
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3. Fill the flower pot with spray foam insulation and wait till it expands and hardens before inserting your tree branch
4. Draw a large, open mouth with sharp teeth along the legnth of your pumpkin. The pumpkin stem should be the back of the head.
5. Cut the mouth with a pumpkin carving blade (remember to hold the pumpkin long ways, so the stem is in the back).
 
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6. Attach the pumpkin head to the top of the tree branch and secure with hot glue.
 
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7. Paint the branches and the outside of the pumpkin with green spray paint.
 
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8. Add leaves to the end of branches and secure with hot glue.
9. Spray the exposed foam insulation with adhesive and top with moss
10. Add your special decorative touches!
 
Experiment with your Halloween decoration and display with pride, indoors or out!
 
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