For Halloween, make this adorable clay pot Frankenstein craft with your kids.
It’s that time of year again when the leaves change color, the air becomes crisper, and pumpkins pop up on doorsteps. That’s right, it’s almost Halloween!
This year, why not try a new craft with your kids? This Frankenstein made from a terracotta pot is perfect for older kids. Not only is it fun and easy to make, but it also looks great when finished.
Keep reading for instructions on how to create your own iconic Frankenstein decoration.
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Halloween Crafts for Tweens
One of the best things about Halloween is getting to decorate your home with spooky, fun decorations. If you have older kids, carve out time to make some simple homemade décor this season. There are so many super cute crafts that your tweens will enjoy working on.
I love seasonal DIY projects because we get to customize whatever we create, which makes our decorations way more personal and meaningful. Plus, I get to spend some quality time with my kids, which is a treat now that they’re older.
Homemade Frankenstein Decoration
This project, featuring one of Halloween’s most iconic characters, is incredibly easy to create. And the fact that you can get a bunch of the supplies from the Dollar Store, makes it a cost-effective one too.
You’ll use various colors of acrylic paint to make a standard clay pot and saucer look like Frankenstein. The addition of wooden finials, eyes, and foam eyebrows completes the look.
Below, you’ll find detailed instructions and a printable supply list.
There are a few things you can do to make your clay pot Frankenstein more unique.
- You can choose any size pots for this project. Make your Frankenstein big or small. Or make a bunch of them to display on your mantle.
- When picking wood pieces for his neck bolts, use whatever shape you’d like. Just make sure they’re proportionate to the size of the pot.
- Let your kids be creative with the faces.
- You can either glue the saucer to the top of the pot, sealing it off, or keep it removable and fill it with treats for your kids or to give as a gift.
Materials Used for the Halloween Craft
Here are a few of the supplies you’re going to need.
Remember, not all supplies needed for the Frankenstein pot are listed here.
More Holiday Ideas
Here are some more things you can do with your kids this Halloween.
- Grab some more terracotta pots and create these adorable candy corn decorations.
- Use the holiday as inspiration in your language arts lessons with this FREE Halloween-themed creative writing game.
- Science and Halloween go hand-in-hand with this list of creepy, oozing, and eerie science lab ideas for tweens.
- Fill your home with DIY pumpkins. You can make a pumpkin clothespin wreath, a thread ball pumpkin, and an embroidery wreath pumpkin.
- Head into the kitchen with your tween and whip up some creepy cookies or treats with candy eyes.
Halloween is such a great time to fill your home with homemade decorations! And this adorable and cost-effective project is the perfect one to start with. Kids will love creating their very own Frankenstein.
Clay Pot Frankenstein
Are you ready to make the craft? Here are step-by-step instructions.
- Clay Pot
- Clay Pot Saucer
- Acrylic Craft Paint – Green, Black, Grey, Pink
- Wiggle Eyes
- Craft Foam, Black
- (2) Wooden Finials
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Permanent Black Marker
Gather all materials and then remove the packaging and labels.
Basecoat the clay pot with green acrylic craft paint. Paint the clay pot saucer with black acrylic craft paint.
Let paint dry and apply a second coat, if necessary.
On the rim of the clay pot, paint a zig zag border with black acrylic craft paint for Frankenstein’s hair.
Basecoat two small wooden finials with grey acrylic craft paint. Let paint dry and apply a second coat, if necessary.
These types of wooden shapes are available at the big box craft stores, but you can also improvise with supplies you have on hand.
Either glue, or place the black painted saucer upside down, on top of the clay pot for Frankenstein's head.
Glue two wiggle eyes on Frankenstein’s face using a glue gun and glue sticks. Cut a rectangle from black craft foam with scissors, and then glue on overlapping the wiggle eyes.
Give him cheeks by dabbing a new pencil eraser in pink craft paint and stamping on the right and left sides, just below the eyes.
Once dry, attach the grey wooden finials to the right and left sides of Frankenstein’s neck with a glue gun and glue sticks.
You can use liquid craft glue for this project, but you would have to wait for it to dry.
To finish the Clay Pot Frankenstein, draw a mouth from cheek to cheek with a permanent black marker.
Add a scar or two with a permanent black marker.
Display the finished project with your Halloween décor. If you just placed the saucer on top of the pot, you can fill the inside with candy and give this as a gift. Your family and friends will never know how quick and easy this was to create!
- Change things up by creating a variety of sizes of Clay Pot Frankensteins.
- Use whatever shape finials you'd like for his neck bolts.
- Let the kiddos customize the faces with markers and paint.
- You can use a round foam brush or regular paint brush to paint the cheeks if you don't want to use an eraser.