Halloween DIY Craft: Man-Eating Monster Plant

by / 13 Comments / 165010 View / October 9, 2014

One of the easiest Halloween crafts I’ve ever made has to be the “Man Eating Monster Plant” I presented on the Home & Family Show .

This Halloween plant craft is rewarding because it features many repurposed materials that can be found in your yard, garage or bought at the Dollar tree.

It’s the ultimate Dollar Tree Halloween DIY if I’ve ever seen one!

The whimsical plants look like they are from the cult classic, “Little Shop of Horrors!”


The “Man-Eating Monster Plant” was designed by Dave Lowe, the talented art director for the show and is part of his “master Halloween design plan” for the front yard.

When Dave explained the craft to me, I was blown away and responded, “Genius!”

The steps are simple, making the monster plants an ideal family craft to get your kids involved in decorating for Halloween.

Start to finish (not including waiting 30 minutes for foam to dry), the project took less than an hour to make.

Once you have the materials for one plant, making another dozen is no big deal.

As a matter of fact, I would put together a group of monster plants in varying heights for the best effect.


I was so excited to present this Halloween craft to the audience because the results are very impressive and the plant can be styled in a variety of ways.

You can add skeletons to the display or spiders and skulls.

Make it as mild or macabre as you dare!


Watch the video segment of Man-Eating Monster Plants


Tree branch

Flower pot

Spray foam insulation

Artificial pumpkin

Spray or brush-on paint in green or any whimsical color

Silk or faux leaves

Hot glue

Pumpkin carver

Decorative touches such as moss, skeletons, spiders, bones


1. Find a tree branch from your yard with nice branch pattern

2. Find an old flower pot


3. Fill the flower pot with spray foam insulation and wait till it expands and hardens before inserting your tree branch

4. Draw a large, open mouth with sharp teeth along the legnth of your pumpkin. The pumpkin stem should be the back of the head.

5. Cut the mouth with a pumpkin carving blade (remember to hold the pumpkin long ways, so the stem is in the back).


6. Attach the pumpkin head to the top of the tree branch and secure with hot glue.


7. Paint the branches and the outside of the pumpkin with green spray paint.


8. Add leaves to the end of branches and secure with hot glue.

9. Spray the exposed foam insulation with adhesive and top with moss

10. Add your special decorative touches!

Experiment with your Halloween decoration and display with pride, indoors or out!


Have any questions for me?

Comment below and please share this Halloween craft with your friends!!

13 Comment

  1. Use a heavier pot or fill bottom of plastic one with gravel before adding insulation.

  2. Do you need to weigh down the flower pot? I've never used spray foam so I was planning on buying cheaper plastic pots – unless it will just pop out of the real pot? The plastic pots would I imagine not be heavy enough to support the tree branch I'd imagine… again, I've never used a spray foam, does it get "heavy"?

    Perfect touch to my harvested (& bare) vegetable garden! 🙂 Thanks so much for the idea!

  3. Enjoy!

  4. Don’t remember.
    It’s a common, generic insulation foam you can find at home improvement store.

  5. Hi I was wondering if you knew what brand spray foam you used?

  6. This is awesomeness! I can’t wait to make this happen. Thank you!

  7. I love it and if I can find the artificial pumpkins i intend to make onel

  8. What a gret idea!  Love it!

  9. Thank you Patricia.
    please post a photo when you make it!


  10. Thank you Lissa!
    The design is by Dave Lowe, our art director. I thought it was very clever!


  11. This is so whimsical! Super fun for Halloween – thank you for another inspirational post!

  12. OMGosh Shirley I LOVE this!! I have to make it……

  13. You’re Just Darling Sweetie! 😉

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