Clay

Haunted Neighborhood Planter

By  Kellie Mowat  for  STAEDTLER

size: 15"x9"x10"

  • Haunted Neighborhood Planter
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Materials

  • STAEDTLER FIMO Soft Polymer Clay: White, Black, Dolphin Grey, Orange, Green, Brown; Decorating Gel
  • Small house plants, five
  • Shallow planting container and soil
  • Sheet moss, pebbles, twigs
  • Wire, 20-gauge
  • Battery-operated tea lights

Tools

  • Clay sculpting tools
  • Acrylic roller
  • Wire cutters
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Adhesives: heavy-duty, craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • craft knife, ruler, paintbrush, black permanent marker, pencil and transfer paper, cardstock, parchment-lined baking sheet and oven

Pattern - Haunted Neighborhood Planter

  • 1. Print out full-size patterns. Cut patterns from cardstock.
  • 2. Condition and roll White, Dolphin Grey, and Black clays separately to 1/8" thickness. Use cardstock templates to cut out three houses from clay. Position house pieces on parchment-lined baking sheet. Preheat oven to 230°. Fill windows with decorating gel. Bake houses for 20 minutes; let cool completely.

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  • 3. Roll 1/8"-diameter logs of Dolphin Grey, Black, or White clays; cut lengths and press onto sides of house for windowpanes, house trim, and porch railings. Form doorknobs, shutters, and 8"-long porch supports.

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  • 4. Prop porch roof up onto front wall where indicated on template using 1/4"-wide log. Form 1/2"-block as wide as houses for porches. Add thin layer of decorating gel to front of houses under porches to secure pieces together. Fill each window with another layer of gel to seal windowpanes.

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  • 5. Add chimneys to roofs using decorating gel. Bake clay pieces for 20 minutes at 230°. Let cool.

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  • 6. Assemble houses, with doors slightly open, using heavy-duty glue. Coat rooftops and railings with craft glue; sprinkle with glitter.

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  • 7. Form mini ghosts, pumpkins, and bats using photos; insert wire length into bottom of each shape. Bake at 230° for 20 minutes.

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  • 8. Arrange planter with assorted small plants. Form potting soil into hill shape; cover with moss. Decorate each house with accents. Turn on battery-operated votives and place inside each house. Keep votives dry when watering plants.

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  • Tip
  • 1. Store houses with other Halloween decorations after holiday has ended. Instead of displaying in planter, decorate tabletops or mantles with haunted neighborhood.