Thank you so much to Jo-Lynne for the warm welcome.
In case you missed the introduction, I’m Tonya from Create-Celebrate-Explore and I will be sharing a variety of do-it-yourself projects, home decor and craft projects a couple of times a month. I hope you enjoy them.
My first project is a simple Halloween centerpiece idea that is sure to impress your guests (and family) this Halloween. The biggest thing I like to remind people is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money (or any at all really) to change up your decor each year. If you have a few basics, you can mix and match and use them both inside the home and outdoors. I tend to rotate items each year, use other everyday items from around the home and pick up a couple of thrift store finds that I can re-purpose. And that is exactly what you will see in this post.
Let’s start with the DIY component of the centerpiece.
I love scouring thrift stores for items that I can re-purpose, so when I came across a glass candle holder for under $4, I couldn’t resist. Before I left the store, I knew exactly what I would do with it.
I removed the hardware, cut off a small section of cobwebs that I still had from last year, and then added a couple of rubber spiders, carefully inserting everything and moving it around using a metal skewer. I then replaced the hardware and added a large candle from my stash to the top.
The best part is, once Halloween is over, I can remove the spiders and webs and possibly pop something else inside for the holidays, or I may even turn it into a terrarium.
The next DIY component was to create fun Halloween themed bottles that contain items you can actually use.
Again, the bottles were purchased at a thrift store for approximately $2.50 for both bottles. I had considered doing this with regular spice bottles, but I absolutely loved the corks in these ones.
I used PicMonkey to create the labels, which is super easy and even has a ‘potion labels’ section under the Halloween ‘witch’ theme. The Dried Bloodthistle is crushed red peppers and the Spider Eggs are sugar pearls for decorating cookies or cupcakes (a great Halloween dessert activity). Make as many bottles as you like for items such as ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and Halloween themed nonpareils for even more cookie decorating fun.
I decided to build the centerpiece around these initial items. I had a dark table runner that is normally on our kitchen table so I moved that across to the formal dining table where I was setting up my centerpiece, and I laid more of the cobwebs across the middle, making sure that they didn’t reach the end where dinner or food plates would be placed. A large white serving tray was perfect for housing most of the centerpiece, and once I placed one of my DIY food stands on top, it added a little height and enabled me to fit more onto the tray. The skulls, mice and spiders were all used over the past couple of years for Halloween, and the stack of Halloween books was from a Harry Potter Halloween party we threw last year for my twins’ 7th birthday.
Here are some tips for creating a Halloween centerpiece (or any holiday centerpiece):
- Ensure items are not so high that guests cannot see one another
- Leave room for dinner and food plates
- Sit in each of the chairs to make sure all guests have a fun component of the centerpiece to look at
- Try to incorporate items you can actually use, such as condiments, into your centerpiece
- Add candles, especially for Halloween, but make sure they are placed in a way that they create a mood lighting around most of the elements on the table.
Have a fantastic Halloween, everyone.