DIY Halloween decoration – Zombie hand in flower pot

Zombie hand in flower pot

Zombie hand in flower pot - DIY Halloween decoration 2022

You too can become a zombie gardener! A sensational Halloween decoration in a class of its own.

Especially suitable for gardening enthusiasts and people with the green zombie thumb.

Looks difficult, but is easy to make yourself: The zombie hand in a flower pot!


Materials

To build a deceptively real zombie hand that stretches out of a flower pot, you will need the following materials:

  • Alginate (Alginate is a powdered impression material that is very easy to use and can be easily ordered on the internet. According to the manufacturer, you need about 3 cup to make an impression of a full-grown hand. According to my own experience it is rather 4,5 cup )
  • Plastic container for the impression (this should be high and wide enough to hold the whole hand)
  • Plaster
  • Water
  • Plastic bowl for mixing plaster
  • Spatula for mixing
  • Wooden spatula, knife, etc. for removing the mold
  • Flower pot with potting soil
  • optional: watercolor (skin tone) or make-up

The crafting

Zombie hand in flower pot

Stir the alginate powder in water. The mixing ratio of water and alginate is 3:1, i.e. for 100 g alginate you take 300 ml water. For 400 g alginate 1200 ml water and so on. Fill the alginate into an impression vessel as high as possible. It should be made of plastic so that you can easily remove the solid alginate later.

First fill the water into the container and then slowly stir in the alginate. If a few lumps appear, it is not so bad, they should just not be too large.


Zombie hand in flower pot

Once the mixture is stirred, everything must go very quickly, because the alginate solidifies within a few minutes!

Form a pose as expressive as possible with your hand ...


Zombie hand in flower pot

... and dip it as deeply as possible into the liquid alginate mass. Make sure that your hand is surrounded by alginate everywhere. According to the manufacturer's recommendation, the distance to the vessel wall should be approx. 2 cm.

After immersion, move your hand back and forth briefly to shake off air bubbles. Your hand must not come into contact with the vessel wall at any point.

Now hold your hand completely still and wait until the alginate has solidified. This should take about 3-5 minutes.


Zombie hand in flower pot

After the alginate mass has dried, you can easily remove the hand from the mold. Start to move the hand gently. You will notice how the alginate comes off the skin.

If necessary, you can help a little with a wooden spatula or similar. Then carefully pull the hand out of the mold with a twisting motion.


Zombie hand in flower pot

Now stir the plaster. The plaster should be liquid, since it will be poured into the mold. However, not too liquid, otherwise it will take forever until it hardens and dries.


Zombie hand in flower pot

Now pour the liquid plaster into the mold. Hold the mold at an angle so that the air can escape from the mold. Otherwise, it will not be poured out completely.


Zombie hand in flower pot

Now you have to wait until the plaster is solid and dry. Wait until the plaster has also dried, otherwise your plaster fingers will quickly break off when you remove them.


Zombie hand in flower pot

Now comes the most beautiful and exciting moment: The release of the poured hand. You can simply break off the alginate mass piece by piece. Be careful with delicate parts, such as the little finger!


Zombie hand in flower pot

And this is what your molded hand could look like.


Zombie hand in flower pot

Although the hand already looks great, you can now paint it. You can create the most irritating impression by making the skin tone of the hand as deceptively real as possible. However, you can also give the hand a bluish shimmering light tone.


Zombie hand in flower pot

And ready is a beautiful hand plant for the living room at home. There rejoices the proud amateur gardener.


Das Ergebnis

Zombie hand in flower pot

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