While these particular centerpieces were used for a birthday party, these could easily work for a Halloween party or other fun Monster-type bash! And they couldn’t have been easier to make (I promise!) so novice crafters, don’t be scared off!
- 6 small flower pots
- 6 round 5’’ styrofoam balls
- 12 round mini styrofoam balls
- 6 round styrofoam discs
- 6 wooden dowel rods
- 20 yards of assorted tulle (this sounds like a lot, but it goes quickly!)
- Black glitter glue
- 200 floral pins
- Glue gun and hot glue
- Weighted anchors for the bottom of your flower pots (I totally forgot this and had to add some rocks to my pots last minute!)
- Assorted Felt
- Optional: Glitter Tulle
Since I made 6 of these babies, I found that it worked best to do each step on all of them before moving onto the next. It also helps get you in a rhythm, especially when crafting with a good Bravo marathon on tv!
Step 1: Cover large Styrofoam balls in tulle ribbons
I’ll admit, this first step is definitely the most tedious, but once you get it out of the way, it’s total smooth sailing!
To start, I took my tulle and cut it up into smaller segments, so it was easier to work it. This is definitely not an exact science, but I’d say I cut off into ½ yard-1 yard segments.
Next, I folded the tulle back and forth in a line all around the ball, and then just continue inward, filling in until one half of the ball was completely covered
After each loop, I’d secure the tulle with one of my flower pins. Again, don’t worry if you can see the pin for now, since we’re not done with the tulle yet!
Once you have the first half covered, repeat the process until only about ¼ of the ball is still exposed. I found that it wasn’t necessary to cover the entire ball since you don’t see the bottom ¼ once assembled, so save yourself the hassle!
Once complete your ball should resemble a bath poof!
Step 2: Snip apart those tulle ribbons!
Next, go through and make a cut through each loop of your tulle ribbon
Once complete, go back through and separate the tulle a bit and cover up any lingering “bald” spots
This takes your ball from bath poof to crazy monster face!
If you still see any bald spots, or just want to add a little extra fun, go through and insert single tulle ribbons in a contrasting color. I happened to find these amazing mini spools of glitter tulle at Joann, so I had fun glitzing my monster up a bit (of course!).
Step 3: Insert wooden dowel
On the bottom of your tulle ball, make a small insertion with your wooden doule, being careful not to go too far in
Next, add hot glue into the hole (don’t worry about the Styrofoam melting!) and quickly reinsert your stick into the hole
Hold in place for about a minute or so, allowing the hot glue to dry and set.
Once you can let go without the stick moving at all, set aside to allow for further drying (about 15 minutes is all that’s needed).
Step 4: Create monster eyeballs and mouths
This takes a long time to dry (about 24 hours since you’re using a considerable amount of paint), so I recommend taking the eyeball prior to painting, and attach it to a Styrofoam block with one of your flower pins. This will allow you to create the eyes and let dry without having the ball roll around everywhere and make a huge mess!
Step 5: Create monster mouths
Take your felt sheets and cut out a U-shaped mouth for each centerpiece
Use your glitter puffy pain to draw on a smile and some teeth
Allow to fully dry (about an hour)
Step 6: Assemble to flower pot
Add weights to each flower pot to give your centerpiece stay power in the event of wind (trust me, I can vouch for this one from personal experience!) – I just used rocks from outside!
Insert your Styrofoam disc on top of the weights – don’t worry if it doesn’t fully sit flush with the top of your pot.. you’ll be covering this up in the end
Insert a hole in the center of the disc with your wooden dowel, and then cover hold with hot glue
Quickly insert your wooden dowel and monster head into the hot glue and hold until set and dry
Step 7: Attach eyes and mouth
Once fully dry, use your glue gun to attach eyes and mouths onto your monster tulle heads.
Feel free to vary the manner in which you attach to each head to give each monster their own personality
Step 8: Cover your flower pot
Take a 2 large pieces of your tulle (preferably in colors different than your monster head) and layer underneath the base of your flower pot
Gather and tie around your dowel at the top of the flower pot.
Gather the excess tulle and repeat the above step at the bottom of your monster head