Add some scary atmosphere with a dead-branch centerpiece. (HGTV)
In just a few steps, you can turn bare branches into a bewitching Halloween centerpiece. Hereís how.
Dome-shaped floral foam
10- to 14-inch-diameter urn
Garden shears, reciprocating saw or hacksaw
Roll of brown kraft paper
Matte black spray paint
Bag of pebbles
Hanging rubber bats (or other Halloween-themed touches)
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
Gather, cut and paint branches: Gather an assortment of fallen tree branches from the yard. Use garden shears, reciprocating saw or hacksaw to cut branches to proper height. To determine proper height, measure the distance from the top of the table to the bottom of any light fixture above. Protect work surface with kraft paper, then place branches on top. Add two even coats of matte black spray paint to branches. For the best finish, hold spray-paint can 6 to 8 inches from surface of branches, moving the can back and forth as you spray.
Add pebbles and floral form to urn: To ensure the urn doesnít become top-heavy once branches are inserted, itís necessary to weight the base with pebbles. Pour an even layer of pebbles into the urn thatís approximately 6 inches deep. Place dome-shaped floral foam inside of urn with dome side facing down. Ensure that foam stays in place by adding a bead of hot glue around the perimeter of the urn.
Add branches and moss to foam: Insert branches, one at a time, into foam. Focus on keeping them spaced at least 1 inch apart to keep the look balanced. Cover the surface of the floral foam with moss secured with hot glue. Once finished, add any desired Halloween-themed decorations to the branches, such as rubber bats, snakes, spiders or mini-hanging lanterns.