Halloween Decor: Turn a Peaceful Plant Into a Man-Eating Monster

Plant lovers, beware! This carnivorous craft is a fun way to add a little unexpected spookiness to a humble houseplant this Halloween.

HGTV shows you how to make a man-eating plant for your Halloween decorating.

Man-Eating Plant Halloween Decor

Learn how to make a man-eating plant for your Halloween decorating.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Turn ordinary objects into a frightful but fun display for Halloween with this clever man-eating plant decoration. These little guys seem super cute, but don’t be fooled. They’ve only got one thing in mind … dinner.

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 inch (approximately) flexible hose (like for an air compressor)
  • knife or tin shears
  • heavy-gauge electrical wire
  • wire cutters
  • 3" styrofoam balls
  • craft knife
  • green spray paint
  • black card stock
  • glue stick
  • plastic vampire teeth
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • artificial plant(s)
  • planter
  • dry floral foam
  • apple corer

Prepare the Stems

Cut the hose with a knife or tin shears to lengths of about 15-18 inches (Image 1). Look for a hose that is flexible, such as a hose for an air compressor. If you can't find a green hose, you will need to spray paint it when you paint the plant heads. Cut wire to the length of each hose plus 2 inches (Image 2). Insert wire into the tubing. Use heavy electrical wire that is rigid enough to hold the shape of the tubing but flexible enough to twist the tubing into the desired shape (Image 3).

Make the Heads

Cut a wedge into the foam ball with a craft knife and remove the wedge (Image 1). Use an apple corer to make a hole at the bottom of the foam ball as wide as the tubing (Image 2). Spray paint the foam with green spray paint (Image 3). Cut black cardstock in a circle slightly smaller than the diameter of the foam ball (about 2-1/2 inches). Fold the circle in half, reopen, and cover one side with glue stick (Image 4). Press the paper into the wedge and hold to secure it to the foam. Add hot glue to the folds of the vampire teeth and press them in place in the back of the wedge of each styrofoam ball (Image 5).

Finish the Display

Use hot glue to add two silk leaves to the outside of each of the holes on the bottoms of the foam balls (Image 1). Insert the wire from the tubes into each hole (Image 2). Fill the planter with floral foam, then press the open end of the wire and tube stems into the floral foam to secure them (Image 3). Cut away extra stem as necessary to get the right height. Twist the wire inside the tubing to obtain the desired look. Add the remaining stems. Add additional artificial leaves to fill in the floral foam (Image 4). Make adjustments to the stems to get the desired look (Image 5).

Next Up

10 Best Halloween Countdown Calendars

The countdown to Halloween is on! Start a fun new tradition with these festive calendars.

5 DIY Dollar Store Halloween Decor Ideas

Make Halloween decor on the cheap using items from the dollar store.

3 Ways to Put Outdoor Planters to Good Use This Halloween

It’s time you planted a whole lot more than mums on your porch this year. Try one of these creative planter ideas instead.

36 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Order Online

Are the holidays sneaking up on you? We've got you covered for the first one to hit the scene — Halloween — with costumes you can get delivered to your home in a matter of days.

10 Fun Ways to Treat Your Favorite Pup This Halloween

Halloween isn't just for humans! Show your four-legged best friend some love with these festive dog treats, toys, accessories and costumes.

Don't Miss This: Halloween Costumes Are BOGO Half-Off at Target Right Now

Dress the whole family for a night of fun with Target's latest deals on adult, kid, toddler and baby costumes.

Free, Printable Halloween Scavenger Hunts

Spirit away boredom this Halloween with our interactive, indoor and outdoor Halloween scavenger hunts you can download and print at home for free.

DIY Halloween Outdoor Decor That Will Have "All Eyes on Boo"

Create some Halloween curb appeal with a mischevious monster door. Inexpensive card stock, crepe paper and tape are a budget-friendly way to deck out your home before Halloween guests or trick-or-treaters arrive.

Up Your Halloween Game With This Upcycled Floral Skull Wreath

Round up some shipping Styrofoam, basic crafting supplies and DIY this larger-than-life skull for your front door.

45 Best Halloween Costumes You Can Order Online

Check out these cute costume ideas for the whole family.

More from:

Halloween Ideas

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

On TV

Flip or Flop

6:30am | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30am | 6:30c

Flip or Flop

8:30am | 7:30c

Flip or Flop

9:30am | 8:30c

Flip or Flop

10am | 9c

Flip or Flop

10:30am | 9:30c

Flip or Flop

11am | 10c

Flip or Flop

11:30am | 10:30c

Flip or Flop

12pm | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30pm | 11:30c

Flip or Flop

1pm | 12c

Flip or Flop

1:30pm | 12:30c

Flip or Flop

2:30pm | 1:30c

Flip or Flop

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Flip or Flop

8pm | 7c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Flip or Flop

12am | 11c

Luxe for Less

1am | 12c

House Hunters

4:30am | 3:30c

House Hunters

5:30am | 4:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.