Venus Fly Trap Pumpkin Candy Holder DIY

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.

Supplies needed:

  • foam pumpkin
  • wreath hanger
  • hot knife
  • green paints
  • red or pink paints
  • white paint
  • hot glue
  • wire
  • 3 fake sunflowers (or 3 fake plants with thick stems)
  • ribbon
  • 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!

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michaels gift card to share this project with you.


Categories: diy, Holiday - Halloween

My Feast Adventure Recap!

I don’t even know if I need to say anything about Feast. Just look at these photos and you can tell how delicious and fun the Smoked! event was. Feast is a one-of-a-kind large-scale event featuring trendsetting chefs from all over the country and the world, to intimate hands-on classes, collaborative dinners and panels. Basically it’s about 4 days of eating amazing food.

I think my favorite food from the event was the smoked beef tartare with grilled bone marrow from St. Jack Restaurant and Bar. It really was delicious, but that bone marrow might be tied with the wagyu brisket with smoked tomatoes and spicy curry from Matts BBQ and Langbaan (it’s the plate in the middle with rice in the photo above). OMG.

If you weren’t able to make it out to any of the Feast events this year: I’m truly sorry. It’s an amazing event and I plan on attending each and every year from now and through forever. If you want to go next year be sure to sign up for the Feast newsletter so you will know when tickets come up for sale because they typically sell out before the event starts. The next Feast is in September 2018! Maybe I’ll see you there?

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a free pass to attend Feast in exchange for this blog post.

Categories: portland

Portland Feast Starts Tomorrow!

I am beyond excited for Feast! I loooove food. I eat a very limited amount of carbs these days, but I’ll work my way around that. If you want to keep up with my Feast adventures, you can follow along on my IG: @thepapermama.

If you want to go there are still a few events left that are not sold out. You can check out the Feast schedule here.

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Feast ticket in exchange for this blog post.

Categories: announcement, portland

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