By the time you make all sorts of eerie-looking foods, hang skeletons, witches and similar decorations, and dress for the occasion, Halloween will be simply perfect this year! Except for one thing: the centerpiece for the table. No pumpkins for you this time around; how about something a little more unusual? Like dead flowers in a mummy vase. Beautiful, cheery flowers in colors of yellow, purple and red aren’t exactly the right choice for a creepy, ghastly décor scheme. This year, make a dead floral arrangement that will grab everyone’s attention!
The vase you make doesn’t even have to be a vase, really. You can use a large Styrofoam cup, a tall plastic cup or something similar. If you decide to use a vase the perfect selection is one that’s nearly equal in size, from top to bottom. These are preferable to a vase with an hourglass shape or one that’s small at the top and much larger at the bottom. The same goes for the glass or cup you choose.
Decide what you want to use to make the wrapping for the mummy vase. Strips of cloth, felt pieces, gauze or even toilet paper work great. Before you begin wrapping the mummy attach two eyes about a third of the way down from the top. Wiggly eyes work well since you can simply stick them on but you can also use buttons with the shanks cut off or you can simply draw two black circles.
Begin wrapping the chosen material around the bottom of the vase. Use a little glue or tape to secure the end. Wrap around and around, overlapping one row with the next, as you continue up the vase. When you approach the area of the eyes, do not cover them. Instead, wrap once just below them, then once right above them, but pull the wrapping down to the sides of the eyes. Glue or tape the wrapping in place right beside the outside corner of the eyes. Continue wrapping until you get to the top then glue or tape the end.
Use dried flowers for the floral arrangement. You’ll find many different types at a craft store. Spray paint them brown, black, gray and similar colors. Purchase small plastic novelties, like bats or spiders, and attach them, here and there, to the flowers. This year’s centerpiece will be quite unlike any from previous Halloweens!