Hi everyone, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft. I love garden gnomes. They have a creepy, mischievous demeanor that is perfect for a Halloween take on a fairy garden. I love Halloween and the great costumes, candy and cute decorations. Nothing really creepy or scary. A gnome is the perfect touch for a little spooky element in my haunted terrarium garden. This is an easy DIY and fun craft for older kids too!
- Darice Black Decorator Sand
- Darice Geometric Terrarium
- Acrylic Craft Paints and Paint Brush
- Darice Mini Succulents
- Darice Mini Fairy Garden Gnome
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
First, transform this little garden gnome into a Halloween gnome with some acrylic paint. Paint the red hat a shade of purple. Next, paint the shirt a lime green. Leave the pants and boots, they are great!
Now use some pliers to snip off the flower in the pot as close as possible.
Carefully use a hot glue gun to fill around the pot in a round pumpkin shape. Use a heat tool if necessary to melt the glue together and melt any strings. Older kids should be able to do all the steps of this project, except this one. Use caution and don’t burn yourself! Build the glue up slowly. Add a little bit of glue, let it dry and then add some more. If the hot glue idea feels too daunting, get some air-dry clay and build it up around the flower pot, then let it dry completely before painting.
Then paint the pumpkin orange with a brown stem and green leaf.
Next, fill the terrarium with a pile of decorator sand. Black sand is perfect for a haunted terrarium. Fill about more than half way full in the bottom closed section.
Finally, paint the tips of the faux mini succulents with black paint. Let it dry.
Then clip the stem to about half the length and stick it inside the sand on the side, leaving space for the gnome.
Add the darling little gnome and your haunted terrarium is complete! Isn’t it just the cutest decoration for Halloween?
You could even transform this fairy garden cloche DIY decor into a Halloween craft with the same haunted accents used in this post!
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Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodlecraftblog.com. She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts of all kinds, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun 5 days a week. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects.