Styrofoam Garden Pot People-

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Get ready to adopt some new friends for you garden. These are allot of fun to make and a real conversation piece.
July Challenge
First you find the styrofoam heads that holds wigs. You can sometimes find them at garage sales, 2nd hand stores, or salons. I mark the top of the heads with a marker where I will cut the top off. Then I grab my drill and drill out the head.
I drill it deep enough to hold a plant.
Then I grabbed a can of spray paint and sprayed them. I use any spray paint and keep a far enough distance when spraying them.
Now you can start playing make-up artist and create your head. I used acrylic paint and gathered some things to give her a touch of class.
Wired earrings, green leafs for her necklace with a real bee hive brooch.
You can have them on a base of some sort, stake, or sit them on the ground.

Suggested materials:

  • Styrofoam wig holders
  • Spray paint
  • Wire-earrings
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  • Patty Patty on Jul 21, 2016
    What do you use to dig out the head? I thought they were hollow
    • Marilee H Marilee H on Jul 23, 2016
      If you look at the picture, you can see a drill with a bit in it that cuts holes. Just cut a bunch side-by-side until the head is the way you want it.
    • Debbi Rodgers Donegan Debbi Rodgers Donegan on Jul 23, 2016
      Yes they are hollow.
    • Sandy Hartnett Sandy Hartnett on Jul 23, 2016
      I love this sooo much....hugs
    • NRM NRM on Jul 23, 2016
      Some are hollow, others are not, thus the drilling of same.. I just may do this if I come across some wig stands...
    • Pam G Blaxton-Dowd Pam G Blaxton-Dowd on Jul 23, 2016
      This is a cute idea. I haven't seen a wig stand in a thrift shop in years for sale. Around here they keep them for displays. I went to Joannes and bought mine. About the same as what I would've spent on gas. I was making dummies. A beauty school might already have some they would let you have. It's worth a try.
    • Lisa Lisa on Jul 23, 2016
      Omgosh these are a hoot!!
    • Jade Jade on Jul 24, 2016
      Did you plant directly in the head or place a pot in first? Do they drain and how well have they held up? Thanks love the idea.
    • Tammy Sea Tammy Sea on Jul 25, 2016
      Just wondering how the Styrofoam holds up against water. Cutest idea ever. Definitely doing this.
    • Teri Teri on Jul 28, 2016
      No problem at all. I leave them out all year long.
    • Teri Teri on Jul 18, 2018

      Not all of the styrofoam heads are hollow that you get. As you can see in my pictures I use a drill with a large drill bit to cut out the styrofoam.

  • Suzy O'Connor Suzy O'Connor on Jul 26, 2016
    Do them hold up in the weather? Do you need to seal them with something?
  • Renata Renata on Jul 27, 2016
    I've always wanted to know if the chemicals in the styrofoam hurt the plants? I have a large planter that I don't need so much dirt in and thought about turning a styrofoam ice chest upside down in but was afraid the styrofoam would kill my succulents. ??
    • Teri Teri on Jul 30, 2016
      All my plants do just fine in them. Im not sure what chemicals are in styrofoam. Wouldn't think that would be good to have your wigs sitting on them if it's dangerous.
  • Karen Frost Karen Frost on Jul 27, 2016
    Do they hold up weather &I if they need sealing
    • Teri Teri on Jul 30, 2016
      No sealing needed. I have kept mine out all winter and they do just fine. We get lots of rain too.
    • Marj Marj on Aug 27, 2016
      I have read that styrofoam takes decades to decompose so apparently weather does not bother it.
    • Teri Teri on Aug 27, 2016
      I think your so right, because mine have been out in rain and snow and they are still strong as ever.
    • Lavete Johnson Lavete Johnson on May 06, 2020

      I’m concerned about Texas heat melting the styrofoam??

  • Nancy  Fuller Nancy Fuller on May 19, 2018

    Don’t you need special paint for styrofoam?

    • Kelley McKinney Warner Kelley McKinney Warner on Jul 17, 2018

      From what I read in another article about this yes you have to use a primer first or the spray paint will eat the styrofoam .hope this helps

    • Teri Teri on Aug 07, 2018

      I just spray the heads at a distance and lightly. I usually do about 3 coats this way because the paint doesn't melt the Styrofoam this way.

  • Crystal Yarbrough Crystal Yarbrough on May 28, 2018

    Are you drilling holes so when u water the plant ,

    or are you just sitting the pot in the head

    • Teri Teri on May 30, 2018

      Her head is carved out and I just plant the plant on top. No problem with watering.


  • Diane curtis Diane curtis on Oct 14, 2018

    What did you put on your drill to cut it the foam?

    • Vicki Vicki on Jun 03, 2019

      a sharp knife or a drill circle blade that cuts hole in a door - is messy though

    • Leilani Leilani on Apr 01, 2020

      I use a good knife and it works ok. Just go slowly and carefully when cutting. Place a rubber band or tape off the area you want to cut off and follow that.

  • Vilma Vilma on May 19, 2019

    When I used spray paint in styrofoam, it damaged . What happened?

    • Debbie Debbie on Jun 16, 2019

      The first coat of paint makes the styrofoam a little bumpy. But that is OK. Will make it look more like cement. Add several coats of paint Then I use a bit of metallic paint to accent the cheeks & eyes in an antique copper or oil rubbed bronze. Kind of makes it look like metal. I’ve also made them with Big doll heads! They turn out Great!

    • Leilani Leilani on Apr 01, 2020

      I would seal it well after painting.

  • Mildred G. Mildred G. on Jul 12, 2019

    What happens to it when it rains?

    • Angie Russell Angie Russell on Mar 20, 2020

      I did this several years ago. Mine were outside and lasted in good shape for 1 season. Make sure you include a drainage hole incorporating the hole already there on the bottom. Since I did my project, I have seen a styrofoam spray that is supposed to make them easier to paint, which I will use next time. Hobby Lobby has it . I may also try Thompson’s Water Seal Spray to coat the finished project. I wish I had a photo, but these are really cute.

    • Teri Teri on Apr 09, 2020

      Mine are out year around and the rain does not hurt them. I will spruce up their make-up(Paint).

  • Patricia Patricia on Apr 14, 2020

    Where in the head do you drill holes, and is it for drainage?

    • Teri Teri on Apr 27, 2020

      You cut the top of the head off and dig out the middle. Some have holes on the bottom for a post and drain area. If not you can drill a hole,

  • Lisa Sellers Lisa Sellers on May 28, 2020

    These seem like they would be so top heavy and easily toppled. How do you combat that?

  • Vicki Vicki on Sep 03, 2020

    hi -does a oil base spray eat away the polystyrene?

  • Lil49741621 Lil49741621 on Oct 19, 2020

    What did u spray on it to make heavy enough to hold the plant?

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