Since we have two kiddos to take our trick or treating we won’t be around the house to hand out candy to the kiddos out there! So this year I’ve made a Venus Fly Trap Candy Holder. I can just toss a bag of candy into the mouth of this carnivorous plant, tie it to my plant and we can head out on our own Halloween adventure. The neighborhood kids can help themselves to the candy (or just one teenager can help themselves to the candy, ha).
It make look complicated, but I promise it was quite easy and you really don’t need to be an amazing artist to create this plant friend.
- foam pumpkin
- wreath hanger
- hot knife
- green paints
- red or pink paints
- white paint
- hot glue
- 3 fake sunflowers (or 3 fake plants with thick stems)
- wooden tag
Step 1: Figure out where the plants mouth will be. I chose to put the mouth on the base of the pumpkin. Use a pencil to draw the mouth with teeth on the pumpkin. Note: make sure there’s enough room on the bottom of the mouth to hold candy. I also made sure one side of the mouth wasn’t as long as the other so the pumpkin was more sturdy and could hold the weight of the candy.
Step 2: Use the hot knife to cut along the line you drew. You can use an X-Acto knife, but the hot knife makes it so much easier.
Step 3: Now that your plant has a mouth you can get to painting! For the inside of the mouth I used two different pink colors to blend. For the outside of the outside I used a bright green and a bluish green. Once your paint dries use the white paint to add teeth. I also used the bright green to make “lips” for the mouth.
Step 4: Paint your wooden tag white. Let dry completely. Use a sharpie marker to write “Feed Me!” and set aside.
Step 5: Grab your sunflowers and take off the leaves and stems. I chose to paint the stems and leaves so the colors would work match the painted pumpkin.
Step 6: Decide how you would like to hang up the pumpkin. Will it be hanging on your door? The fence? Sitting in a planter? My pumpkin will be tied to our fence so I’m using a door hanger. I used my hot knife again to cut a little rectangle out of the base so I can put the hanger into the pumpkin. I attached the top of the hanger to the pumpkin with a bit of wire.
Step 7: With the hanger portion attached the pumpkin you can now glue the stems and leaves to the pumpkin. Use a bit of ribbon to tie the “feed me!” tag to the plant stem.
Hang up your cute candy carnivorous plant, add some candy and now you’re free to head out out on Halloween. From playful pumpkins to spooky sights, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE it Spooky this fall!
P.S. I was provided with a Michaels gift card to share this project with you.