As we get closer to The Day, I become like a kid who keeps asking “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” – hahaha. 😀 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!) 😀
Ok, let’s get on with making our potted hand Halloween prop, shall we? For this project I used:
- A planter or urn – the older the planter is, the better your prop will look 😉
- Spanish moss
- A creepy hand- these are what I bought from Lakeside.com last year. But if they sell out, then click here to find the same hands on Amazon. Or you can try it with a mannequin hand 😉
- Hot glue
- Floral foam
- Wooden dowel – or a stick from your backyard can also do.
- Various plastic creepers – this is optional.
- Modern Masters iron paint and rust activator – this is also optional. I used it to make my urn look aged. If I had an already-aged planter or urn, I wouldn’t need it.
- Card stock paper and some thin natural twine. – or you can use a plant marker instead 😉
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 😀 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.
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! 😉 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. I let the paint dry for about an hour.
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.
Next day, I picked a flower foam from my stash and started shaping it so it would fit into my old rusty iron urn.
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 😀
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. 😉
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.
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.
As the final step, I re-arranged the moss around the wrist so the whole thing would look more all-in-one-piece.
And ladies and gentlemen [insert drum roll here]…here is my potted Rosemary!
Oh ok – maybe you can’t really tell whether it is Rosemary or Basil from the previous picture, but how about now? hehehe 😀
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.
“Rosemary – You knew her once, now you can grow her again.” 😀
If you were wondering what the surprise is, it is our first Halloween treat for you: editable spice/plant tags. You see, I love my herbs, hence I went with potted Rosemary 😉 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 by clicking on the pictures below.
I hope you enjoyed this year’s first Halloween post. There will more to follow, so stay tuned!