Get in the Halloween Spirit With Flowersby Carol Caggiano on October 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Ghosts, goblins, jack-o-lanterns and witches are appearing everywhere in the spirit of Halloween. What used to be a simple time for children to Trick or Treat has turned into a major holiday with all the trimmings. Young and old alike enjoy this crazy time and the more festive the better!
In addition to elaborate costumes, outdoor decorations and displays, you can have a great time for Halloween with flowers. Simple but clever arrangements can be just the right touch to complete a table setting, cheer a friend at work, or maybe sit on your favorite teacher’s desk. Fun or ghoulish, it’s up to you and your personality which interpretation you choose.
Craft foam is easy to work with and comes in great colors. Cut into a circle to form a moon, witch’s hat or any other iconic shape to bring the Halloween theme to your favorite bouquet. Take a few permanent holly leaves, gather them in pairs and spray black and you have yourself a few bats to fly around the moon or anything else that might need an extra special Halloween touch.
How about a ghost made from a crisp white handkerchief with a few little details to finish it off? Two googley eyes and a bow around the neck and it’s perfect. Gather a few stems of dried wheat, tie off with some black tape and you have yourself a broom for ghost or witch. Chenille stems, commonly known as pipe cleaners, can become almost anything. A spider can be formed from a simple Styrofoam ball, some black paint and googley eyes. Extend the pipe cleaners to produce just the right number of legs to keep the spider perched above the festive flowers.
For the bouquets themselves, keep it simple but festive. If you have a more whimsical theme, bright colors and graphic shapes work best. If you want to get a little spooky, use darker colors with less contrast. Gerbera, carnations and chrysanthemums create a simple, long-lasting and effective arrangement. Add hypericum, statice, solidago and other fillers to finish the look. I love to add branches to frame my ghost or moon. The branch adds size as well as dimension to the completed design. Paint a few leaves black with floral paint to make the bouquet a little spooky, or add some festive fall leaves for a lighter look. Candy corn placed between two vases gives you a “sweet” container for your party centerpiece. Just use one vase larger than the other and fill the space between with candy corn. Flowers can then be added to the interior vase without getting the candy corn wet.
Whatever you choose this Halloween make sure you include flowers in your celebration. They can help create an ambiance like no other. You can create your own or stop by your local florist to help decorate for a fun party or send a gift to a friend. Florists have a few Tricks or Treats up their sleeves this time of year. Stop by and see what they have available.
Do you have any fun Halloween floral ideas to share?