Monday, January 31, 2011

#16 Man Eating Plant

I wanted some little scary looking little plants inspired by Audry II from Little shop of Horrors. 

So I used both Celluclay and Paperclay. 
Two of my favorite things to work with. 

Foil and a coat hanger for the stalk frame. Toothpicks are for teeth.

The cheap foam, pots, and foliage from the dollar store.

I made the shape I wanted with the cut wire.

I covered it in foil to bulk it up. I made it flat at the end in the shape of the tongue.

I covered it in a layer of celluclay and let it dry.

I made the head out of foil. I it balled up and shaped into a lower and upper jaw piece.

I also tried using styro-foam eggs I cut in half on a couple. 
They work good.
 But I think I prefer the versatility the foil gives to the shape.

 I cover the halves in a coat of celluclay let it dry and then smooth it out with paperclay.

When they dried I glued them on the stalk /tongue with hot glue

I filled in the gaps at the at the base and shape it more with the paperclay. 
I also added gums lips and other detail with the clay. In the gum line I poked little holes where I want the teeth, with a tooth pick. This will give a good anchor when I go to glue them in

After it was dry I just painted the head. Not so worried about the stem yet. 

I hot glued on the leaves at the base of the head.  Then I used paperclay to blend them and smooth out the stalk. Of course painted it when it was dry to match .

After I sealed the whole thing. I use a very High Gloss varnish several coats on the inside of the mouth,lips and tongue. to make it look nice and wet. Then super glue in the teeth.

I also made one with teeth made of fimo instead of toothpick.
 I just rolled them out and cut them and baked them.

I also used flower petals instead of leaves for the head.


  1. I just LOVE your blog. Your ideas are awesome. I've been throwing a Halloween party for my grandkids for several years, and each year I try to create more props/decorations. Now that the kids are getting older, I can add better stuff, such as what you've created. I hope you don't mind if I borrow your ideas. I plan to start having adult Halloween parties too.

  2. Thank you.
    Absolutely you should just remember to do so at your own risk (gotta cover my butt in this lawsuit happy society :) I am going to do more Halloween party ideas soon. I like to plan way ahead for mine. Thank you again.

  3. What a clever idea! I'm so impressed and inspired!
    This is the most imaginative thing I've seen in a long time! Love it!!

  4. Thank you very much mrmarbles! Hope you make some little monster plants too and have as much fun as I did with mine. They sit in the kitchen window with my other normal plants and they fit in just perfectly.

  5. WOW! I stumbled onto this through Pinterest. I am so impressed by this! I don't think I have the patience to make it, but I so could see a non-frightening version of this added in a kid's room with all of the nature decor that is popular now. Love it, love it, love it!

  6. The bark on your tree looks a-maz-ing! Very creative and well done! I haven’t used the celluclay or paper clay (I’ve always just used what I had; fairly old and moneyless), but those would make things so much easier! Thanks for sharing!