3 Ways to Make Creepy Doll Head Planters for Halloween
Forget the expensive store-bought stuff, upcycle thrift-store toys to create spooky Halloween decor.
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Tools and Materials
- an assortment of baby dolls from thrift shops
- dainty tea set
- drill with various sized bits
- scrap wood
- plastic lacing
- embroidery needle (wide enough for plastic lacing)
- black paint pen
- red acrylic paint
- aluminum window screening (for plant drainage)
- various plants, including succulents, air plants and moss
- cement spray paint
- antique glaze
- small paintbrush
- (2) bolts (and drill bit to match size)
- Hot-glue gun
Use a cherub-looking baby doll without hair for the best effect. You can find faux-finish cement spray paint and antiquing medium at most craft stores.
Use a hacksaw, utility knife or a power rotary tool with a cutting blade to remove the doll's head from the body.
Apply faux cement spray paint to the head; apply two coats if necessary and allow it to dry completely. If adding neck bolts, paint those too.
Don’t worry about applying even coats of the antique glazing medium, you want an uneven naturally aged look. Allow the glaze to fully dry.
Use a paint or permanent marker to blacken the doll's eyes.
Drill holes on each side of the neck then insert Frankenstein-like bolts.
Remove the doll’s scalp.
Add a piece or two of window screen to the inside bottom of the head to hold the soil in place but still allow water to drain. Fill the head with soil and a plant.
Stitch Face Doll
For the stitches, we used plastic beading lace found in the kids’ section of the craft store. You could use embroidery thread, but it will get ruined if you're using a live plant.
Use a hacksaw, utility knife or a power rotary tool with a cutting blade to remove the doll’s head from the body. Remove the doll’s scalp and cut off any excess hair that you don’t want.
Start from the underside of the chin to remove the face. Use whichever tool works best. For us, a hacksaw and utility scissors worked well for removing the top of the head.
You can sew a face on from another doll or use the same face. Use a drill with a 1/8” bit to make holes all around the face opening. Pro tip: Be careful not to get the drill bit knotted up in the doll's hair.
Use the same drill bit to make holes in the face. Place a piece of scrap wood underneath the face so you don’t ruin your work surface. Drill the same number of holes in the face as you did in the head.
Use a needle and plastic lace/thread to cross-stitch the face onto the head. Don’t worry about being neat — you are playing Dr. Frankenstein after all.
Use a paint or permanent marker to blacken the eyes and lips. Use red paint to add blood around the eyes and/or mouth. Add other features such as a third eye, piercings or fangs.
Add a piece or two of window screen to the bottom of the head to hold the soil in place but still allow water to drain. Fill the head with soil and a plant.
If working with smaller dolls – Barbie size – use moss and a dainty teacup to make a disturbing display.
Remove the heads from the dolls. If the head doesn’t easily pop off, use a hacksaw, utility knife or a power rotary tool with a cutting blade.
Use a paint or permanent marker to add streaks to the dolls’ hair. Tie the hair up using string or a pipe cleaner.
Use a paint permanent marker to blacken the eyes.
Attach moss to the dolls using a hot glue gun.
Arrange dolls heads in a teacup and saucer with a variety of moss.