Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday: Horrifying Houseplant Costumes

Okay...all you people, making cute pet costumes...
My pets just won't have it. So i decided to pick on some residents that are slightly more cooperative... and in doing so,
I am going to show that I have more time on my hands
than anyone else in the whole wide world...
Mwah-hahah.

I made costumes for my house plants.
And I made a tutorial too...
(in case you find yourself with a little time to kill.)

The Ferocious Ficus


and

the Rest in Peace Lily



Materials:
Stryrofoam balls, acrylic paints, vampire fangs, crepe paper sheets, pins, floral wire and tape
Tools:
Hot glue gun, knife, wire cutters, scissors



Ferocious Ficus:

  • Cut balls in half
  • Paint outside green and inside red. Add lips to outside cut edge and let dry
  • Cut crepe paper with squiggley edge
  • Cut leaves out of darker crepe paper
  • Place vampire fangs between halves of painted styrofoam ball
  • Pin in place with a straight pin in the back

  • Secure fangs with hot glue in the corners
  • Use hot glue on the fronts of fangs to create a sappy drool. Let harden.
  • Wrap around the outside of the ball with the squiggley crepe paper and hot glue in place.
  • Insert floral wire, (1 foot long- bent in half) into the back of the stryofoam ball with an end in each half.
  • Secure with hot glue and wrap crepe paper to cover.
  • Wrap wire with floral tape.
  • Glue on leaves and wrap floral tape to end.
  • Wrap wire on tree branch.

Oh, The Horror.

Rest In Peace Lily is just a much larger styrofoam ball, painted like an eye and wrapped with cut crepe paper, hot glued in place. It is anchored with a bamboo skewer.

Look Out!


62 comments:

Elle's Niche said...

I love this idea! We don't get any trick-or-treaters at our house so I like to decorate and the beginning of the month. This will be a perfect addition! I need to run to the store! :)

mscleaverchronicles said...

These are hilarious! Martha Stewarts craft elves would be jealous they didn't think of it first and that first plant screams "Feed me Seyour! Feeeed me!"

CINNIBONBON said...

Ohhh I love it!!!! These are awesome! Thanks for sharing

Happy Halloween

Come on over to my place and sit a spell

mimi k said...

so funny! I wish they really grew in my garden- then I'd get to keep all the candy!

amanda button said...

genius!!! what a fantastic idea!

Des said...

yeah, you still so totally rock!

jen b said...

coolest halloween craft ever.

Miss Julie said...

o.m.g. this is hilarious! makes me want to go out and buy a big ficus!

Shelley Noble said...

You are hilarious and talented.

futuregirl said...

I love you. Period.

futuregirl said...

Serious.

simply_hibiscus said...

boyfriends words " that is pure genius"

ahhh i love the little teeth monsters
so little shop of horrors ^_^

if i were doing a halloween party i would so invest in that
or if i had children running around the house to make them feel like season

^_^ i agree with the bf absolutely pure genius

brava darling braaaavaaaa

Natalie said...

This is the most original and hilarious (horrorlarious?!) thing I have seen in years! I applaud your ingenuity!

woolanthropy said...

Awesome! I love it. Thank you for sharing your deviant mind and tutorial.

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

These are a HOOT!! Love em!

.... said...

Get outta here! You are to funny!

Lori King said...

These houseplant costumes are amazing. I do believe you are the most creative person on the planet. We're not worthy! We're not worthy!

Keep up those amazing ideas of yours!

goosefairy said...

these are the best things i've seen yet for halloween! bwahahahaha!

i may just have to do the fangy ones. those are just too perfect.

nancy said...

holy moly woman, you are unstoppable!

Sara said...

I just want you to know that, of all the cool Halloween crafts I've seen this year...THIS is the one I'm doing. My school is committed to having plants in every classroom, a veggie garden out front, and orchids of all types at my desk (see my blog about it here: http://ibbyskibby.wordpress.com/2008/10/20/lovely-workspace/ )
My sisters and I are going to make a day of it on Sunday and do a ton. We'll put them all over the school, just in time for Halloween!! Thanks so much for your fabulous idea.

vanillafrog said...

That is the funniest and most original craft I've seen probably ever!

Dot said...

These are beyond fabulous! I'll be adding a link to this in my next halloween feature post :)

dot
dabbled.org

Heather said...

These are FABULOUS!!! I am so gonna make these!! Thanks for the thorough instructions! Happy Halloween!

Bridget B. said...

OMG. Brilliant. Genius. I want all of my plants to have eyeballs. All of them. a big ol' eyeball-o-rama.

Wende said...

My houseplants already have costumes: they're going as THE DEAD. Muahahaha

I love these ideas. FABULOUS!!

julietk said...

I am still working my way through Vanessa's party list and enjoying all the blogs :D I dont want to miss anyone out. Great tutorial Hugs Juliet

eurolush said...

You've made those houseplants into Blog SUPAHSTARS.

Brilliant.

Frizz said...

I've NEVER seen this - it's so great!!
You are too cool for school!!

stampsalot87 said...

I saw your link in the tumblefish blog. I just have to try this in large form for the outdoor plants near the porch. Love your "costumes"

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is the most unique thing I've seen in a long time! I'll be linking!

Charcoal Designs said...

genius! I love those, reminds me of little shop of horrors! May I ask, where do you find crepe paper? I haven't used it in so long I forgot it existed, but recently craft recipes have been calling for it! Thanks, Laura

Wendy said...

Genius is right! I love this idea.

Zoe said...

Hilarious. I love them. Totally original and SO cool. Thanks for sharing your awesome idea!

Knitsonya said...

OK so the Feed me Seymour lines have been taken. I think I will just hack into your blogger page and change your blog name to Brilliant Betty.

Mindy and Lola said...

These are the coolest plants I've seen in a long time! I think i'm going to have to make myself one!!

Julie

Tracey in CT said...

These are fabulous. Cute and yet a little bizarre, just what I love!

agapanthas and goldsworthy said...

ok here is my christmas wish list #1... you on my crapy, insignificant blog roll. (no i dont mean you are crapy and insignificant) if you have any ojections let me know and i will remove you at once. oh to be so talented and creative.
thanks for sharing *^_^* rosey

Anke said...

genius! now i can make my own "little shop of horrors"! :)

iHanna said...

Hysterically fun - thanks for doing the tut!

treehousejukebox said...

That's great!

Mr Farty said...

You are a genius! But you knew that.

Ginger said...

Love these so much outstanding! Absolutely amazing!
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial.
hugs ginger

sulu-design said...

You are so damn cool. Seriously. What a ridiculously awesome idea.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I'm here by way of Be*Mused Jan - I love love love this. Fantastic.

Deborah said...

I love them!!! They are toooooo funny! Gotta make them ASAP!!!!!

ambika said...

This is so brilliant, I can't stop grinning. And so perfect for those of us with pets (ie: cats) who will have nothing to do with being clothed.

Mimi-n-Moe's Mom said...

So cool! :)

jungle dream pagoda said...

Hystericamally fabulous! makes me want to say "feed me Seymour!" !

simply_hibiscus said...

thank you for the kind thoughts sweetheart

hope all your crafts are going well right now

can't wait for a new blog from you showing what your up to

and I thought of a good idea just fold part of it over to make the illusion of a flap with buttons

^_^

oh and i can't wait till after the christmas season so i can post pictures of the christmas gifts i'm making i think you would absolutely adore what i'm making my sister

<3

notsocrafty.com said...

I love it, so scary and creative.

Karin said...

so cool!
thanks for sharing!

Ramona said...

These are so great...thank you for sharing...we are going to try these! My son accumulates tons of teeth and this is a great project for them.
Ramona
PS: we are still party hopping from A Fanciful Twist

http://www.alteredartjunkies.typepad.com/

humblewoodcutter said...

you made costumes...for your houseplants.....I have no option but to immediately add you to my blog roll...

MizSmoochieLips said...

Oh my gosh, how did I miss this? That is so fabulous!!!

painted fish studio said...

poo. i missed this before halloween. i'll save it for next year! :)

Bunny said...

Excellent!

Janice said...

I had to make these! Mine was "a use what you have on hand" situation, so I made mine sunflowers..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacjan/2979375637/

Thanks for the inspiration.

Scarlet Tanager said...

So creepy cool! Sorry I missed out on all the Halloween goodness over here. I'll be making these next year!

Anonymous said...

your too cool.

Fe said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to try making one. :-D So awesome!

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Paiko Hawaii said...

Love this! New fun ways to make my friends roll their eyes, can't wait to try it!

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