Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Clay Pot Characters

Today, I'm reposting my Clay Pot Halloween Characters, a project that I made last year that has been getting a ton of hits the past couple of weeks.   I didn't really take good pictures last year, so I want to help out all of those people that keep checking them out!

Making clay pots into figures really isn't a new idea.  My inspiration came from a nativity I have which is made from the pots and the wooden balls.   I had some extra pots, I was trying to come up with a way to use them, and it was October.  Hence, I decided to make a witch. 
As I was painting her, the idea snowballed until I was painting pots to make into a ghost, mummy, vampire, Frankenstein and scarecrow.  I used items I had on hand to glue onto the pots to create the various features I wanted.

My least favorite: The ghost.
I don't know why, but I think it has something do to with the fact that a ghost is supposed to be transparent and there really isn't anything more solid and less transparent than clay!  Maybe I should redo this one with a glass babyfood jar???

My favorite character:  The Vampire.
 I just think he is so stinkin cute!  To create his cape, I used Heat N Bond to fuse the two fabrics together so that it appears that he has a lined cape!  This also makes the fabric stiff, so that when I glued it on, the collar stands up.  Love it!  I also just really love his toothy grin.

I think my second favorite is the Scarecrow.
I used rafia for the "hay" and some teeny-tiny pots for the arms. Only one other character has arms, but I just didn't think you could make a scarecrow without arms.  My mental image of a scarecrow is always one with his arms out!
For the Witch, I made her hair out of shredded paper.
The hat is formed from a plate that goes underneath the pot, with a smaller pot glued upside down.

For the mummy, I painted eyes and then just glue ragged, fraying strips of muslin around.
To make the Frankenstein, I shaped cardboard into the hair, and then glued black felt to it.   Since the heads are woodenballs, I actually put in a couple of screws on each side!  His arms are formed from some leftover wooden knobs.

Along with the characters, I made a couple of jack-o-lanterns too.   If you haven't been able to tell, my kids have actually been "playing" with these characters and some of them are a little worse for the wear.  These pumpkins are now covered in scratches and pencil marks.  Oh well.

This was a really fun project to make while I was relaxing in front of the TV in the evenings!

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Tutus & Tea Parties said...

These are all so cute, but the scarecrow is my favorite!!

Thanks for linking up at this weeks Pinteresting Link Party.

Lindsay Mecham Hyatt said...

I love your holiday, clay pot figures; I added them to my pinterest!


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