It is that time of year when we start thinking about decorating our homes for the Halloween and fall season. These centerpieces will give your home a festive feel. The arrangements use both real and dried florals.
The first centerpiece is our golden pumpkin. You use real flowers for this project. At most large supermarket chains they have a nice selection of fresh fall flowers. Mums would be a nice choice. You will need a pumpkin, gold spray paint, gold glitter (optional), fresh flowers, jar or vase, and a plastic bag. Wash and dry your pumpkin. Cut top off, and clean out the inside of your pumpkin. Take your pumpkin and place on your plastic bag. Spray paint your pumpkin gold. Before it drys, sprinkle a little gold glitter on and around your pumpkin. Once the pumpkin is dry, find a jar or vase that will fit inside your pumpkin, and place inside. Add your fresh flowers. For another option, place a small mum plant inside your pumpkin. This is elegant and simple. This arrangement will look beautiful on a table in an entryway, or place it on your dinner table.
A dried floral centerpiece can be used for years to come. When the season ends, wrap your centerpiece in a plastic bag and store in your attic or closet. The next fall Halloween centerpiece is made in a flower pot. Most of the items needed for this project can be found at your local craft store. You will need the following items:
1 medium sized flower pot
Acrylic paint in Antique White, Pumpkin Orange, and Forest Green
Dried florals: Eucalyptus,(approximately 1 pound), gold yarrow, and statice. (Choose any dried florals that have a fall color.) The dried flowers you choose will be used as your filler.
Small and medium paint brushes
Take your flower pot and place it on your plastic bag. Paint your flower pot Antique White. Let dry. Place your pumpkin stencil to the center of the flower pot, and secure with your paint tape. Use your orange paint for the pumpkin, and green paint for the stem. Carefully take the stencil off, wash it, and wipe clean. You can use this method to paint as many pumpkins as wish on your flower pot. If you are good at freehand painting you won’t need a pumpkin stencil. Let your flower pot dry completely. Cut a piece of styrofoam so it fits inside the flower pot. Glue the styrofoam inside your flower pot. Take your eucalyptus and break it into pieces. Stick pieces of eucalyptus in the styrofoam, and arrange to give a nice full look. Glue your dried floral fillers throughout your arrangement. Take your scarecrow and stick it in the center of your centerpiece. Cut a piece of raffia and wrap it around the rim of the flower pot, and tie into a bow. This arrangement looks great placed on an enclosed porch, or on a shelf .
These Halloween centerpieces give your home a beautiful touch of fall. If you have a fireplace, make two of these centerpieces, and place one at each end of the mantle. You could make the flower pot arrangements in a smaller version with small flower pots. If you have a Halloween party, give each guest a centerpiece as a party favor. Use your imagination and the ways to decorate with these centerpieces are endless. Have fun, and happy designing.