It’s just about Halloween, and I needed a new candy holder to set outside. That’s why I created this Venus Fly Trap Pumpkin Candy Holder. Because I have two young children to take trick-or-treating, I won’t be around the house to hand out candy. So this year I’ve made a Venus Fly Trap Pumpkin Candy Holder. All I need to do is toss a bag of candy into the mouth of this carnivorous plant, attach it to my door, and we can head out on our Halloween adventure. The neighborhood kids can help themselves to a piece of candy, or one teenager can help themselves to all of it. Haha!
It might look complicated, but it was quite easy to make, and you 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: Draw the Design
Figure out where the plant’s 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: be sure there’s enough room on the bottom of the mouth to hold candy. I cut one side of the mouth shorter than the other, so the pumpkin was more sturdy and could hold the weight of the candy.
Step 2: Cut the Pumpkin
Use the hot knife to cut along the line. You can use an X-Acto knife, but the hot knife makes it so much easier.
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 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 the Tag
Paint your wooden tag white, and let it dry completely. Use a sharpie marker to write “Feed Me!” and set aside.
Step 5: Create the Stem
Grab your sunflowers and remove the flowers and leaves from the stem. I chose to paint the stems and leaves so the colors would work match the color of the painted pumpkin.
Step 6: Hang the Pumpkin
Where will you be hanging your pumpkin? On the door? The fence? Sitting in a planter? My pumpkin will be tied to our fence, so I used a door hanger. Using my hot knife, cut a little rectangle out of the base to push the hanger hook into the pumpkin. I then attached the top of the hanger to the pumpkin with a bit of wire.
Step 7: Attach Leaves and Stem
With the hanger portion attached the pumpkin, you can now glue the stems and leaves to the pumpkin. First, using a hot knife, I cut off the pumpkin’s stem. I glued the base of the sunflower’s greenery to the stem portion of the pumpkin. Twist the sunflower’s stem into the desired shape, and then glue leaves along the stem. Use a bit of ribbon to tie the “feed me!” tag to the plant stem.
Hang up your cute carnivorous candy eating plant, add some candy and now you’re free to head out on Halloween.
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