There’s something about Halloween that still brings out the kid in me. From decorations to parties, and Halloween treats, kids of all ages love what this October holiday brings. Though there are plenty of great items to buy this time of year, I’m a firm believer that you can do so much yourself. Halloween DIY!
Today I’m showing you how to create your very own Halloween DIY Frankenstein Clay Pot.
We’ve decorated clay pots in my family for years, something my sister started long ago. You might have even spied my Frankenstein last year on Instagram.
The Frankenstein Clay Pot is a perfect Halloween decoration for your home.
I tend to use my monster friend to hold the Halloween Candy while the trick-or-treaters ring the doorbell.
It also makes a great “gift basket” container for a special teacher, or when you want to “Boo your neighbor”.
So many ways to use Frank!
Let’s get started…
Halloween DIY Frankenstein Clay Pot
Here’s what you’ll need:
One 10 inch Terra Clay Cotta Pot, Red (found at places like Home Depot or Lowe’s)
Acrylic Paints: White, Black, Pink, Green (we used Light Foliage Green) and an optional color (Gold)
2 Small Bolts (the smaller the better, as some are too heavy to hot glue onto the clay pot) – You’ll see the ones in the photo above we did not ultimately use as they weighed too much. See the final photo below for sizing. We just had these in the garage – not sure the type or size.
Paper Plate and Water for painting
Variety of Paint Brushes – different sizes for best results
First step, is to divide the the clay pot in half with a pencil, lightly.
The front half of the clay pot you will paint green. The back half of the clay pot you will paint black.
So on each side of the clay pot, draw a line from the top to the bottom as shown above and below.
NOTE: In between each painting step below, let the paint dry (it shouldn’t take too long with acrylic paint).
Now paint the front half of the clay pot green, using a wider paintbrush to speed things up.
Paint the back half of the clay pot black.
Paint the inside of the clay pot black.
Once the paint from the previous steps has dried, it’s time to tackle the brim of the clay pot.
With a pencil, outline as shown above.
Paint that area black.
It should look like the paint has almost dripped over the top.
Next step is to create the look of Frankenstein.
With a pencil, trace eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, and stitches.
Paint stitches, eyebrows, and mouth black.
Finish the eyes and nose with white and pink. The nose was painted pink with a bit of white blended in.
Optional: Add gold paint on stitches for effect.
Hot glue the small bolts onto each side of Frankenstein’s head.
Fill Frankenstein Clay Pot with candy or use to decorate the house or front porch.
Shannon Schmid says
This is so cute! And I love how you take it step by step on the painting – normally I’d be afraid to mess up such a cute painting job! But your photos make it feel doable!
Awwww, thank you Shannon! Totally doable I promise!
Antoinette M says
This looks good! I like to decorate clay pots, too.
This is very nice and Halloween is just around the corner
I just started doing DIY projects so this sounds fun for me. I don’t have kids but i love halloween and decorating.
Mine probably wouldn’t look this perfect lol Im a sloppy crafter
So cute!! That would be such a great decoration!! Thanks for sharing! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Happy Fall!
Sara Phillips says
SO STINKIN’ CUTE!!! I want to find the time to make one for myself!
Cathi Crismon says
Oh how fun! This is adorable and so festive. I use to tole paint like this all the time but it’s been many years. You’ve inspired me to get busy and BOO someone!
Oooh, your neighbors would love to be Boo’d! 🙂
That is adorable! What a fun decoration.