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Bizarre Home Decor Trend Involves Recycling Dolls' Heads As Planters

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Bizarre Home Decor Trend Involves Recycling Dolls' Heads As Planters

A baffling new home decor trend sees homeowners using recycled dolls' heads as planters - meaning you can look into the toy's cold dead eyes as you admire your succulent.

Yes, people have been dismembering their old dolls, slicing off the top off the ersatz infants' heads and filling their hollow skulls with soil for their plants to thrive as the children's leafy hair.

For anyone who hid behind the sofa while watching the Annabelle films, this is sure to provide nightmare fuel.

Credit: Instagram/@ladylampylamp
Credit: Instagram/@ladylampylamp
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The homeware hack has given rise to several Instagram accounts either modelling the dolls' head planters or flogging their upcycled creations at flower shops, markets and on online stores.

Reactions to the planters have been mixed - some love the quirky designs while others (who perhaps have seen more haunted doll movies) would rather avoid them at all costs.

Commenting on a picture of the planters posted by the Yorktown Flower Shoppe in Vancouver, one fan wrote: "This is cool!"

York Town Flower Shoppe in Vancouver is selling the doll's head planters. Credit: Instagram/@yorktownflowershoppe
York Town Flower Shoppe in Vancouver is selling the doll's head planters. Credit: Instagram/@yorktownflowershoppe
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Another disagreed, writing: "That's just creeeeepy."

A Twitter user whose planter cries when it's watered also received a mixed response.

Fans wrote "That is amazing -- deliciously creepy!" and "I want 4".

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Detractors said "Sweet Jesus, that is a tad creepy" and "I'll admit it. I'm a little freaked out right now."

Violet Patrich, a Vancouver-based artist, is selling the heads for up to CA $60 (£35) a pop, and they come in all shapes and sizes with abstract patterns, punk dolls, and dolls which appear to have chicken pox.

She writes on her website: "Since 2016 I have been focused on collecting and upcycling second-hand plastic baby dolls recovered through thrift stores, garage sales, donations and strange craigslist encounters.

Canadian artist Violet Patrich sells the dolls' heads at markets and on her online shop. Credit: Instagram/@violetpatrich
Canadian artist Violet Patrich sells the dolls' heads at markets and on her online shop. Credit: Instagram/@violetpatrich
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"After collecting, cleaning and disassembling the babies, I sculpt, paint, carve and add embellishments to make uncanny decorative conversation pieces to wear on your body and display in your space."

The website adds that Violet's 'process-based practice aims to create a confronting commentary on humans and their relationship with nature and consumption of mass-produced plastics through overstimulating and unsettling visuals'.

Whatever you think of the eyebrow-raising trend, it's certainly an unexpected way of giving plastic items a second life.

Just as long as you're cool with the doll's glassy eyes staring at you in your apartment.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@mydopedolls

Topics: Trend, Home Decor

Simon Fearn
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