This Skull Planter is an unusual way to add a creepy element to your home for Halloween or any time of the year really. Succulents work best for this craft.
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Once upon a moon ago, I used to be a BioChem major. I love biology. I love botany. I love science. So why didn’t I graduate with a BioChem degree? Well, I hated the tests. They were comprised of 100 multiple choice questions administered in a very large auditorium where teachers used laser pointers to jab at you instead of calling you by name. Even though I aced all of my bio and chem labs, and successfully bred many fruit flies, I did quite poorly on my Chemistry exams.
So after much thought, and a fear of failing out of college, I switched gears and became an English major. My parents weren’t pleased, but I was. I got to read lots and lots of books, my teachers knew me by name (which wasn’t always a good thing) and I didn’t have to take any more tests. I just had to write. It was a much better fit for me.
However, my love for science and all things weird sometimes feels a bit repressed. I often wonder if I should have stuck with it and landed a job mixing potions or working in a CSI lab, or something equally as cool.
Anyways…if I had it my way, our home would be full of all sorts of little oddities and curiosities. And plants – lots and lots of plants. Unfortunately, my husband finds the idea of sitting down to dinner while staring at a colorful montage of mounted insects rather distasteful. He also doesn’t find the idea of staring at a row of headless baby dolls artfully stuffed with air plants half as amusing as I do. He’s lucky I love him…or maybe it’s the other way around? Hmmmm…
But every so often, I find something too quirky to be true and I have to have it. Such is the way it was when I stumbled across this skull head at Michael’s last year. It was severely discounted because it was supposed to have a lid on the back; it’s actually a tea light holder. But for a mere buck, I was able to call it my own! How could I walk away from a deal like that?
Besides, from the moment I laid eyes on this handsome fella, I knew I was going to shove a gorgeous succulent right into his eye socket. Wow. Now that I wrote that down, it sounds way more creepy than it really should…but it’s true. The dark, gloomy, metal skull head was just begging for something colorful and weird to be added to it.
Since it was time to bring my succulents inside (the temperatures dropped quickly the other day and they aren’t too happy with me), I decided to have some fun with them. After rinsing off their roots, I repotted one of them into my skull’s eye socket and the other is still lingering nearby awaiting his new home…
…if I’m lucky, I’ll find a headless baby to shove it into…
DIY SKULL PLANTER
Step 1: Wash out your skull head. Add some potting soil.
Step 2: Gently shove the succulent into the eye socket. Carefully pull the roots through and press firmly into the soil. Tamp more soil down on top of the roots to hold them into place. Water your plant.
Step 3: Place in a sunny spot and water only as needed. Creep your friends out and enjoy!
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