We recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, and our daughter spied an animatronic screaming mandrake plant in one of the store windows. She stood and stared for quite awhile with a big grin on her face. So i decided it would be fun to try to make one for her this Christmas on a smaller sized budget. (Due to ticket prices to visit the park) If you have any Harry Potter fans in the family this is a fun, personalized gift idea.
YES, IT REALLY DOES SCREAM!
Step 1: MATERIALS
Here are the things you will need:
~1 sound module (find them at radio shack or online @ AMAZPLUS.COM)
~1 pair of tan/beige boot socks
~3 strips of scrap poly foam (6" by 1")
~1 panel of green felt
~poly fill stuffing (melon sized amount)
~role of organic looking twine or hemp (for roots)
~brown pleather/ or felt (14" square or big enough to cover top of your planter)
~role of floral wire
~2 amber colored beads (eyes)
~Planter pot of your choice (mine is plastic, 8" square at the top and is 6" deep)
~(optional) Decorative moss NOTE: if the recipient is a child who will want to play with it a lot I would not add the moss. If it will be primarily ornamental then the moss adds some whimsical appeal.
Sewing Machine with notions (or needle and thread if your doing it all by hand)
Step 2: "LEAF ME ALONE I'M BUSY"
To begin you'll want to cut out your leaf clusters. To do this simply take your green felt and fold it into thirds. Then cut your desired leaf shapes. You'll need them to have about an inch of stem space. I kept mine simple with a cluster of 3 leafs. When your done you'll have 3 copies of your shape, one for each mandrake branch.