Monster Mum Topiaries
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Monster Mum Topiaries

Put your mad scientist skills to work! “Grow” a man-eating plant with STYROFOAM* and silk flowers.

Designed by Dondi Richardson/FloraCraft

*™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated company of Dow

Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • STYROFOAMâ„¢ Brand Foam Balls: (2) 3-inch
  • Halloween Gift Boxes or take-out containers
  • Large Silk Purple Mum Bushes
  • Colored Animal Eyes
  • Marble or Stone Vase Filler
  • 12-inch x 3/8-inch Wood Dowel
  • Straight Pins
  • Chenille Stems & Bead Garland
  • Black Paint
  • Low-temp Glue Gun

Project Instructions

Glue one of the 3-inch balls of STYROFOAM* inside Halloween gift box or take out container.

Fill the remainder of space inside the box with marbles or stone vase filler for added weight and support.

Paint the wood dowel black. Let dry.

Glue the dowel into the ball of STYROFOAM* inside the Halloween gift box or take-out container. You may need to cut a hole in the top of the container for the dowel to stick into.

Pull the purple mum blossoms from the stems. Insert into other 3-inch ball to completely cover using low-temp glue to secure.

Glue eyeballs to the center of each mum blossom.

Glue the mum covered ball to the top of the dowel.

Embellish the dowel with bead garland and add chenille stem antennas to the top of the topiary.


Decorate a clay pot to use in place of gift box or take-out container.

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