Halloween Decor: DIY Floral Halloween Centerpiece

DIY Floral Halloween Centerpiece — A perfectly creepy DIY Floral Halloween Centerpiece idea that’s cheery with just a touch of eery. It’s also a great excuse to expand the lifespan of your dried flowers.

DIY halloween floral centerpiece

I never thought my dead plant skills were ever going to treat me this well. But I have to say I’ve never felt so proud of dead persimmons and brown flowers before.

I couldn’t resist buying some of these crazy looking stems when we were at the market a few weeks ago. And I liked the idea of tying in a white pumpkin to keep it a little bright.

It’s (sort of) cheery but with just the right touch of eery for the perfect DIY Floral Halloween Centerpiece.

Plus, I can almost guarantee you this will be one of the few times that you’ll feel honored when guests compliment you on a dead greenery…

DIY halloween floral centerpiece

Materials & Tools Needed To Make A DIY Floral Halloween Centerpiece

White pumpkin — Choose a pumpkin with a long stem as this is an indicator that it is “younger” and will keep longer. Also, select a pumpkin with the less blemishes and soft spots. I love the brightness of a white pumpkin but orange pumpkins or painted pumpkins work too.

Waterproof floral tape — We used clear waterproof tape but the color does not matter.

Drinking glass — To hold your flowers

Knife — To carve the pumpkin centerpiece.

Florals of your choice — I used: Banksia Speciosa Protea, Protea Pincushions, Black calla lily and Persimmon branches.

DIY halloween floral centerpiece

How To Make A DIY Floral Halloween Centerpiece

1 — Carve out an opening on top the pumpkin that’s just big enough to fit and insert the drinking glass.

Then, scoop out all of the pumpkin guts, just like you would when carving one. 

DIY halloween floral centerpiece

2 — Tape a grid along the glass rim with the waterproof floral tape.

The grid allows you to easily manipulate the placement of your flowers and branches and ensures that they do not bundle up.

3 — Fill the glass with water 3/4 of the way up. Insert the glass into the pumpkin.

DIY halloween floral centerpiece

4 — Start inserting stems randomly as you see fit. They don’t need to be perfectly placed because it’s supposed to look a little rough around the edges.

5 — Once you have all of the florals placed where you want them, insert persimmon branches into the gap between the glass and the pumpkin.

You do not need to place them inside the glass because branches do not need water. This way, you’ll also be able to get the cool hanging effect around the edges.

 DIY halloween floral centerpiece

How To Make A Pumpkin Last Longer

A pumpkin will stay fresh for months. But a slightly carved pumpkin will last about 12-14 days indoors. To make your pumpkin vase last longer:

  • Wash your pumpkin with bleach beforehand to kill any bacteria or fungus.
  • If you want to prep it a more natural way, spray your pumpkin with diluted lemon juice or vinegar.
  • Apply petroleum jelly around the carved edges to seal in moisture.
  • Soak it in cold water or refrigerate it overnight to rehydrate the pumpkin. 

You can also use a craft pumpkin that requires no maintenance but still can be carved.

 DIY halloween floral centerpiece

More Halloween Decor Ideas & Recipes

This table centerpiece makes for a great Halloween table.

Add a few mini pumpkins around it (or even another black and white skull centerpiece or haunted house skeleton hand). String lights. Hang up that spider web and Halloween props.

And you’ve got yourself some festive table decorations!

For more Halloween inspired DIY’s, indoor and outdoor Halloween decoration ideas and recipes for your Halloween dinner party, check out a few of our favorites from the archives —

photo of how to make a DIY Floral Halloween Centerpiece by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

DIY Halloween Floral Centerpiece

DIY halloween floral centerpiece by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth
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DIY Halloween Floral Centerpiece

A perfectly creepy DIY Halloween Floral Centerpiece idea that's cheery with just a touch of eery. It's a great excuse to expand the lifespan of your dried flowers.
Total Time30 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Tablescape
Keyword: ashley rose, centerpiece, fall, florals, halloween, halloween centerpiece, halloween decor, holidays, home decor, pumpkin, sugar and cloth
Servings: 1
Cost: $30

Equipment

  • Knife

Ingredients

  • 1 waterproof floral tape
  • 1 drinking glass to hold flowers
  • 1 white pumpkin
  • Florals of your choice I used Banksia Speciosa Protea, Protea Pincushions, Black calla lily and Persimmon branches.

Instructions

  • Carve an opening on top of the pumpkin that’s just big enough to fit and insert the drinking glass. Scoop out all of the pumpkin guts, just like you would when carving one. 
  • Tape a grid along the glass rim with the waterproof floral tape. The grid allows you to easily manipulate the placement of your flowers and branches and ensures that they do not bundle up.
  • Fill the glass with water 3/4 of the way up. Insert the glass into the pumpkin.
  • Start inserting stems randomly as you see fit. They don’t need to be perfectly placed because it’s supposed to look a little rough around the edges.
  • Once you have all of the florals placed where you want them, insert persimmon branches into the gap between the glass and the pumpkin. You will not need to place them inside the glass because branches do not need water. This way, you’ll also be able to get the cool hanging effect around the edges.

Notes

  • Please be aware that the estimated costs of this project is dependent on which florals you choose to use. The great thing is that dried brown flowers work great for a Halloween/fall themed centerpiece.
Don’t forget to share your DIY Floral Halloween Centerpiece with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves. We always love seeing all of your creations! And if you’re looking for more quick DIY’s find them all right here!

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