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A Dad Gets Crafty with CleverPatch Christmas Presents – Day 4: TMNT Krang Cactus Brain Pot Plant

Today’s dad nerd-craft may just be the grooviest one yet! I’ve got my excited undies on! (They’re the same as my other undies but the wear and tear holes are in less dangly places).

The CleverPatch ingredients I’m dad-testing today are – terracotta hanging pot (click here to view) & a number of the Ceramic & Terracotta Paint Markers (click here to view).
Otherwise known as:

TMNT Krang Brain cactus pot plant!

If you’ve read this blog before you’re likely to have discovered that I am a MAD TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE FAN! It may be considered a ‘condition’ but there isn’t a head-shrink around who could cure this obsession.

A big shout-out has to go to my nerd-tacular wife Phenom-A-Mum for coming up with this brilliant concept! She is a plant encyclopedia, and whilst I was staring at the flower-pot trying to work out how to kit it out, she was already sourcing the brain cactus. I think my condition may be contagious.

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Phenom-A-Mum wanted me to make a Krang pot plant! BOOM! But what to do with the flower-pot? I could attempt to construct Krang’s enormous robot body, but it would be nice to finish this before 2015, so I decided to replicate Krang’s mechanical legs, that he had to resort to every time the turtle’s KO’d his big robot home.

Awesome time!

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I’m starting with the terracotta hanging pot that was amongst the CleverPatch goodie box. A blank canvas to totally geek-out on.

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Because of the trouble I ran into trying to colour large areas with the paint markers when I made the Super Mario Power Star and Piranha Plant flower-pot, I have opted to grab a paintbrush and let Little E loose with a mix of blue-gray acrylic paint.

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Half way through he discovered that if you put your hand onto wet paint, you get a wet-painted-hand. Agh! Little fella was freaked out until he realised that he could then make hand prints everywhere.

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Including the cat’s tail. Lion-O had no idea he’d become an artwork until I dipped his paint-smooshed tail into a cup of water. If you could see his face you’d recognise the I’m-about-to-slash-your-nose-off unimpressed look. See, painting fun for the whole family!

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Once the pot was painted (I may have helped a bit) I grabbed out my other lover – craft foam. Phenom-A-Mum gets a little jealous that the craft foam and I are so close. She thinks our late night phone calls are inappropriate.

I sketched up a clumsy version of the mechanical legs, in a squatting position, on the foam and carved them out.

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Then it’s the really fun artistic part. Cartoon draw all over the pot with the blue, black, white and pink paint markers. If you click on the tri-fold image above you can see a larger version that shows the details a little better. Make sure that you get that slimy feeling to Krang’s tentacles!

Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours and it’s ready to pot up. Track down a large-sized brain cactus to be Krang’s body. The ones in your supermarket-style hardware stores tend to be tiny and expensive because they come in a skull pot (which makes no sense. If you’re down to a skull then the brain’s gone to mush as well. A little reality please, purveyors of plants).

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Instead my Father-In-Law directed us to a local nursery that had exactly what we needed at a cheaper price. No nonsensical skull pots in sight!

Make sure that you use Cactus & Succulent potting mix (like we did for the Piranha Plant) to allow good drainage. Also, place some plastic mesh at the bottom to stop the dirt falling out of the hole, underneath the pot.

Then cut two pieces from a wooden kebab skewer and stick on some large googly eyes. Use the pink paint marker to give Krang a good old “curse you turtles for ruining my plans yet again” angry stare (wait til the paint is dry before jabbing them into the pot. I didn’t and now the cactus is a little pink too).

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The last piece of the puzzle was added by Little E. We popped down to Seven-Eleven and asked if we could permanently borrow one of the large plastic Slurpee lids. Actually, it took three attempts until we got one as the attendants were quite precious about them. Luckily we didn’t have to resort to Phenom-A-Mum’s suggestion of raiding the bins out front.

Pop the dome on top to protect Krang from Earth’s oxygenated atmosphere. And WAKA-BOOM!

Your very own Krang!

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All awesome ninja-dad photos by Phenom-A-Mum.

What did I think of the CleverPatch products today? The terracotta pot was sturdy and easy to paint on. A great creative surface! And the paint markers are just amaze-balls! I really do LOVE these pens. They let me draw as normal but with paint on usually-un-draw-on-able surfaces. Big thumbs up from Dad+Nerd.

Sorry, no competition today. Phenom-A-Mum won’t let me give the Krang Cactus away. It’s currently pride of place on the dining room table. My condition is definitely spreading.

But you can still leave comments on Day 2, for a chance to win a Star Trek Communicator mobile phone holder, and then tap out another comment on Day 3, to try to grab one of my awesome Star Wars Jawa candle holders with light-up eyes!

What TMNT character would you like to see turned into a plant? Which plant would be the best match?

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?