One of the most loved gifts went to my sister, who lives for 80s nostalgia (even more than I!) – and if it’s anything Nintendo-related, she’s all the more thrilled.
Last year she got Tetris soaps and a Koopa hat.
This year: living piranha chomper plant!
Want to see how I did it?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 six-inch flower pot, black or painted black
- 1 five-inch length of PVC pipe (or 2 segments)
- 1 piece PVC pipe joint connector
- Green spray paint (I used Krylon for plastics)
- Your favorite epoxy
- 1 large venus flytrap paint
- Potting soil
- 1 cup pea gravel
- If you are using separate pieces of pipe, like I did, you’ll need to epoxy everything together before painting.
- I used the Krylon Fusion paint, which didn’t require priming. Any other paint will need a primer because that PVC is capital-S Slippery!
3. Spray paint your pipe
- Even though I didn’t need primer, it still took about three coats to achieve the color I wanted, so plan on having a littl extra wait time on your hands
- It’s super easy to get too much paint on the pipe – make sure you are doing pretty light, even passes with the can to avoid drips
4. Assemble everything
- Layer the pea gravel in the bottom of the pot to aid in drainage (flytraps like bogs, but will damp off if things are too swampy)
- Add potting soil to the lip of the flowerpot
- Nestle the pipe down into the soil until it’s sitting firmly in place. Pack soil around the pipe.
- Fill the pipe with soil, leaving room at the top for the soil and moss that comes with the flytrap
- Plant the flytrap, making sure to get all that good peat moss in there (it’s going to help maintain a moisture balance)
That’s it! You’re done!
I think this is the perfect geek/gamer present – next year everyone might get one!