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Skull Planters

May 21st, 2014 by Cobwebs

Skull Planters

Hey, look! It’s one of those smack-your-forehead-for-not-thinking-of-this-yourself ideas. I saw these neat planters online and tracked down a couple of secondhand sources which mention them as being sold by One Teaspoon. I unfortunately can’t find any mention of them on the site, so it’s possible they’re either discontinued or only sold at brick-and-mortar locations. (How quaint.)

A more general search for “skull planter” turns up a few entries on sites like Etsy and Amazon, but they lack the deep eyesockets which are such an interesting additional planting area.

No matter; with a cheap plastic skull and a little bit of paint, something reasonably similar should be a piece of cake. Make sure that the skull is one of the two-piece jobs where the skullcap pops off and, um, pop it off. You can also remove the lower jaw if desired; it’s often attached with metal hardware that will rust (although you may view that as more of a feature than a bug). The eyesockets in the planter appear to be larger than in most real skulls, and also seem to angle downward a bit. If you aren’t sure whether your model skull’s eyes will hold enough packed soil to support a plant, you may want to cheat a bit and break out the backs so they connect with the brainpan; it’s all going to be covered with dirt anyway, so the holes won’t be noticeable.

Add a little shading and detail with plastic-friendly paint, then fill with potting soil. Choose plants that are relatively shallow-rooted and slow-growing: The succulents in the picture are an excellent choice, as would be a specimen cactus. You might also fill the skull with miniature-leaved ivy, letting it slowly twine around make the skull look overgrown and mysterious.

If you can find an appropriately-sized glass bulb it might also be fun to fit it over the top of the skull, not only turning it into a terrarium but also creating one of those strange exposed-brain aliens so beloved of 50s science fiction: The monster with plants for brains!

A leafy skull or two would be lovely perched in a sunny windowsill or as a focal point in a flower bed.

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4 Responses

  1. Fiend4Halloween Says:

    Great pics! Luckily I don’t need to smack my forehead, as I have a few of these plant holders already, whew! To age them, or “corpse” them, you can use toilet paper or papertowels and glue. lay them all over the skull, allow to dry then add wood stain, pure and watered down, ends up giving a great corpsed effect. If your familiar with latex, give that a try, turns out even better. Or if you want that clean skull look, you can also add air ferns which require no soil, minimal misting of water, and it ends up giving your skull a funky hair style. Experiment and have fun!

  2. Kaitlin Michelle Says:

    I love those. I have the ones from Target.
    I use them all over my house to store things in.

  3. Mim Says:

    Those are fun! I can imagine scattering a few around the garden…

  4. xJane Says:

    I love the little circular succulents in the eye sockets!

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