When it comes to creating centerpieces for our dining room table, I sort of get off the hook because we gave up our dining room so I can have a craft room. But I was in the mood to create a Halloween centerpiece this year, and it will be displayed in one of our bay windows instead.
My arrangement was inspired by the popular play "Wicked". I used stuff I had on hand. I didn't buy one thing. Admittedly, I have a lot of stuff "on hand". Probably more than a lot of people. But this arrangement could be duplicated without too much expense if you can scrounge around a flea market.
Most of us have a tray of some sort, and I used a vintage silverplate tray with fancy handles as a base:
Next, I used a couple vintage high top boots, one in white and one in black, so I had a "good witch/bad witch" theme going on:
One of the few things left in my garden is dusty miller, and I placed some in small bottles that would fit inside the boots. To anchor the bottles in place, I used paper shred.
I took a bag of shredded brown craft paper and sprinkled it around the boots, and added some tattered vintage lace here and there. A few vintage paper pulp Jack-O-Lantern treat holders were added along with a vintage book. For a final touch I placed a rusty "fence" from a craft supply catalog that I've had forever. I thought it made the scene look a bit like a pumpkin patch:
I love the fancy handles on my tray:
The Jack-O-Lanterns added a lot of color:
I tried the arrangement without the Jack-O-Lanterns for a more subdued look. Instead, I added some old bottles which I had enhanced with "poison" labels, and one of my crochet covered faux pumpkins:
I also had a vintage tonic bottle that made a nice addition to the display:
So, here's my final version:
I can think of lots of other variations, such as adding witch images, Scrabble tiles spelling out "Wicked", and perching a black crow on the pumpkin. Does this arrangement inspire you to make something similar?
P.S. I've discovered how fun "link parties" can be. Last week I got lots of new visitors and positive feedback about my pumpkin project. I'll be linking to the following link parties this week: Creation Corner, The Shabby Nest, The Girl Creative, Ginger Snap Crafts, Finding Fabulous, At The Picket Fence, and FaveCrafts.