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Potted Rosemary {Potted Hand Halloween Prop}

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As we get closer to The Day, I become like a kid who keeps asking “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” – hahaha. πŸ˜€ Well, you all know me – I enjoy doing this and that, but there is one time of the year where I really have great fun working on my projects. You know what I am talking about, don’t you? Of course you do! Halloween! Yeessss!!!! Today is the day I start posting about Halloween. And oh boy – do I have some lovely Halloween props for you this year! But before jumping into anything else, I want to show you my potted Rosemary (aka potted hand Halloween prop), as it is related to last year’s beloved project: Halloween Apothecary Jars.

Speaking of Apothecary Jars, I love it when you send me pictures of your jars, so please keep me posted on how your jar projects are going, ok? And also be on the lookout, as I will be sharing more jar labels with you this year. Yes – they will all be for new ingredients (hahaha – I knew you would love this news!) πŸ˜€

Ok, let’s get on with making our potted hand Halloween prop, shall we? For this project I used:

Potted Hand Halloween Prop Supplies List

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How to Make Potted Hand Halloween Prop

Once I gathered the supplies, I started my project by aging my urn. If you are wondering where I got my urn from, Mom (Greg’s mother) gave it to me. Apparently Mom bought these back in the day to make centerpieces for Margo’s wedding (Greg’s sister), and she had 4 which she never used. So she gave them all to me knowing that I will put them in good use. Hahahaha πŸ˜€ I know, right? From wedding centerpiece to potted Rosemary! LOL. What a wicked mind I have sometimes… But I am not to blame – you may remember Greg’s famous Facebook post from 2 Halloweens ago. Well, after I dealt with that nicely, he posted another one of his Halloween specials last year. LOL.

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Now tell me: doesn’t this also need a response? Of course it does. My first plan was to make a potted Gregory as a response to that! πŸ˜‰ But our local nursery told me that Gregory doesn’t do well in pots, but thrives in the wild [I was born to be wild, Baby! You can’t tame this beast! Now, where did I put my martini and crossword puzzles? -Greg], therefore I had to go with the Rosemary this time. He has no clue how lucky he is :-D… Anyway – back to the tutorial.

As I wanted my urn to look like an old rusty iron urn, I first painted it with 2 coats of Modern Masters iron paint.Β I let the paint dry for about an hour.

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Once the paint dried, I put my plastic gloves on and poured some rust activator into a small spray bottle. Then I sprayed my urn all over and waited. Nothing happened.

Here is a hint: if with the first time spraying nothing happens, give it 5-10 minutes and spray it once again.

After 5 minutes, I gave it a second spray. That did the trick, as this urn started to rust right in front of my eyes. Although within 30 minutes it had a good amount of rust, I let it do its thing overnight.

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Next day, I picked a flower foam from my stash and started shaping it so it would fit into my old rusty iron urn.

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Once I was done with the foam placement, I picked some Spanish moss and hot glued it all over the top. While doing this, I tried to create random moss spills here and there. You see – any plant you grow from seed would disturb the soil on top (or moss in our case) as it grows, hence you would see some spills from the side of the urn.

Now I bet you are thinking that I care too much about the details. It is really not that, but more like… I don’t know…I guess Greg makes it easy to imagine how it would be if I grew him in that urn. hahaha πŸ˜€

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After I finished placing the moss, I hot glued a few Halloween creatures on it. When doing this, just glue a few – you don’t want your urn to look too crowded. Also, with some creatures, hot glue may not work, like the small rubber rats I had. With them you can use E6000 like I did. πŸ˜‰

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Next, I pushed a 6 inch dowel into the floral foam. As you can guess, the length of the dowel will depend on how deep your planter is. Also if you don’t have a dowel on hand, that is fine. A thin but sturdy stick you can find in your backyard will do the same job.

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Once I had my dowel in its place, I placed the creepy hand over it. As you can see from the picture below, these creepy hands have a hole in the wrist for wall mounting, and that hole is wide enough to fit over the dowel.

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As the final step, I re-arranged the moss around the wrist so the whole thing would look more all-in-one-piece.

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And ladies and gentlemen [insert drum roll here]…here is my potted Rosemary!

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Oh ok – maybe you can’t really tell whether it is Rosemary or Basil from the previous picture, but how about now? hehehe πŸ˜€

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Of course I prepared a tag for it! After all this prep, how could I miss that kind of nice touch? And no worries, as usual I am sharing the tag with you at the end of the post. And not only that – I have a little surprise for you at the end of this post. But let’s get through the beauty shots first, shall we? By the way, all the credit for these beautiful photos goes to my babes. Then again, if it weren’t for his photography skills, he could be the one posing in these pictures. LOL.

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“Rosemary – You knew her once, now you can grow her again.” πŸ˜€

Potted Rosemary {Potted Hand Halloween Prop} | DIY Halloween prop | How to turn anything in to rusty old iron | How to rust a ceramic pot | Spooky and gothic DIY Halloween hand topiary | Easy and budget friendly DIY Halloween decoration | Dollar store crafts | TheNavagePatch.com

Potted Rosemary {Potted Hand Halloween Prop} | DIY Halloween prop | How to turn anything in to rusty old iron | How to rust a ceramic pot | Spooky and gothic DIY Halloween hand topiary | Easy and budget friendly DIY Halloween decoration | Dollar store crafts | TheNavagePatch.com

Potted Rosemary {Potted Hand Halloween Prop} | DIY Halloween prop | How to turn anything in to rusty old iron | How to rust a ceramic pot | Spooky and gothic DIY Halloween hand topiary | Easy and budget friendly DIY Halloween decoration | Dollar store crafts | TheNavagePatch.com

Potted Rosemary {Potted Hand Halloween Prop} | DIY Halloween prop | How to turn anything in to rusty old iron | How to rust a ceramic pot | Spooky and gothic DIY Halloween hand topiary | Easy and budget friendly DIY Halloween decoration | Dollar store crafts | TheNavagePatch.com

Potted Rosemary {Potted Hand Halloween Prop} | DIY Halloween prop | How to turn anything in to rusty old iron | How to rust a ceramic pot | Spooky and gothic DIY Halloween hand topiary | Easy and budget friendly DIY Halloween decoration | Dollar store crafts | TheNavagePatch.com

If you were wondering what the surprise is, Β it is our first Halloween treat for you:Β editable spice/plant tags. You see, I love my herbs, hence I went with potted Rosemary πŸ˜‰ But I thought, instead of Rosemary, if you want to plant others such as Basil, Rose, Ivy, Primrose, Aster, Hazel, Rowan, Rue, Iris, Jasmine, Laurel, Olive, Violet etc. (the list can go on forever) then you can use these editable tags for marking it.

You can download the tags (including the editable ones) by clicking on the button below. You’ll find them in the Halloween section of the VIP Patch. Enjoy!

Handan, xo

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  1. Fantastic prop! Where did you find the creepy hand? I also absolutely love the previous post with Handan – I must work on achieving something similar!
    Thanks for all the fantastic posts!

    1. Hi Donna,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I found the creepy hand on Lakeside.com. But Amazon.com also sells the same thing. I gave the links in the post but here they are once again for your convenience:
      The one on Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/2wLp6uR
      The one on Lakeside.com – http://fave.co/2wdqDc1
      I hope this info helps!
      Happy crafting πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Patty,
      Once you download the editable tag file, just open it and type the spice name you like in to those tags (there is a place in those tags where you can type and you can see it easily once open the file). When you are done with typing your spice name, just simply print the tag. I prepared those tags rectangular, so you ccould either glue it over a stick (like a flag) or just place a string on the corner and hang it like I did.
      I hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  2. OMG, I am so glad I found your blog, I absolutely love your creative minds. I also love, love Halloween so I am really looking forward to all things hallows from you. Thanks for the inspirations!

    1. Thank you so much, Ronna! If you love Halloween, you are at the right blog. Christmas and Halloween are our two favorite holidays, hence the celebration is usually big on the blog too πŸ˜‰

  3. Here and I thought this was an idea for a rosemary topiary! What a brilliant (read sick and twisted) idea!!! Perfect! I’m forwarding this to my niece who does up Halloween like you do! And thank you for the labels! None of my bottles sold at my yard sale so I have plenty to work with!

  4. sorry i am late reading this post, my daughter had spinal fusion surgery and i have been hopping trying to take care of grandsons and her, i am too old lol, i always look forward to your halloween ideas, you could always plant gregory in the front yard and rig up a pulley system to make his arm wave lmao xx

    1. Oh Chris, I am so sorry to hear that. I hope she has a speedy recovery.
      LOL – yes that is a good idea! Maybe next year I might surprise you guys with that hahaha πŸ˜€

  5. Oh Handan your ideas are brilliant ! Christmas has always been my favourite time of year to let my creative side go wild in the home ,but thanks to discovering your Apothecary Halloween dresser last year Halloween now comes a close second .I have been busy making stuff for hedgehog rescue fund raisers at a couple of local festivals for the last six weeks so haven’t had time to read blogs,lot of catching up to do but now Haloween is in my head ( been rattling around in there for about a month ) but now it’s out oh dear ! Love Rosemary , my cauldron on the doorstep is going to have to make room for her.

  6. Bwaahahahahaha, “You knew her once, now you can grow her again”. That’s just brilliant Handan and it’s such a pity that Gregory only grows in the wild, but I suppose it likes being close to agaves and limes πŸ˜‰

    1. LOL – Our nursery told me that I should plant Gregory either with juniper or agave! So I went and bought loads of juniper. We’ll see how well the thriving will go with that much juniper in it’s system…I meant eco-system lol πŸ˜€

  7. I love all your ideas. We have made at least 10 of your banding pumpkins–all shapes and sizes. I love this idea too. Thank you for sharing!