Isn’t a mum a beautiful flower? You wouldn’t immediately connect such a gorgeous flower to a holiday like Halloween but they can actually be made into weird and unusual ghouls and monsters. Browse around a craft store and select artificial mums to make the crazy monsters. Choose one mum to make a single monster and more than one to make a topiary of monsters.
The mums you choose can be any size but should all be the same color. They should have stiff, wired stems as well. In addition to the mums you’ll need a pot for holding a plant. Select one that is proportionate to the mum or topiary of mums. Decorate the pot, if you want, with a Halloween theme. Glue in a piece of Styrofoam to hold the mum. Paint the pot orange or black or cover it with a piece of Halloween gift wrap. Or, paint it then glue wiggly eyes onto it.
If you’re using one mum you can simply stick it into the Styrofoam. If you’re using more than one, some of them will need to be cut down to size. So, stick the first mum in the center of the pot. Stand the second mum under it to decide how far to clip the wire. When the second flower is placed in the pot it should rest right underneath the first one. Continue doing this with as many mums as you want until you’ve created a topiary shape containing assorted balls. The mums can all be the same size or can decrease in size as they go up.
Glue wiggly eyes onto each mum to create the Halloween monster. The monsters can all look the same way, if the eyes are all pointing that way, or you can arrange the eyes so that each character is looking in a different direction.
There are many different things you can use to give each mum monster his own characteristics. Glue a tiny hat onto the top guy, a foam moustache on the middle dude, and cotton swab ears on the bottom ghoul. Or, make characters you like by using things like beads, ribbon, bows, pom-poms, craft foam, felt and other supplies.
The Halloween monsters look great as centerpieces or table decorations. Set them on mantles or elsewhere in the house. They’re unusual and ghoulish!