With Burgundy Black Dahlias, Black Knight Scabiosas, Redbor Kale, branches and cuttings from the yard

Halloween Arrangement

Halloween Arrangement

What you need:

  • 9 yellow-cream Garden Roses cut 12.5 - 16"
  • 1 large white Garden Rose cut 9 inches
  • 1 bunch Black Knight Scabiosa cut 12.5 " 
  • 1 bunch Burgundy Black Dahlias cut 15 inches
  • 6 Redbor Kale leaves cut as long as you can
  • 3 red leaved branches cut 19 inches
  • 3 branches with blue berries cut 21 inches
  • 3 red pepper tree branches cut 14 inches
  • 1 brandy snifter shaped glass vase
  • 1 black garbage bag
  • a bag of rocks or floral marbles

Halloween accessories (in photos below)

  • half a dozen heavy gauge floral wires for the Black Dahlias.
  • 3 pieces of 18 gauge floral wire cut into thirds to wire the roses. See:  http://www.floristinyou.com/prep  
  • black candelabra - mine is from Michael's - $15.00 on sale
  • sparkly Halloween tree - mine is from Target - $3.00
  • black vase - Antique Store in Pasadena, CA
  • orange hand blown bud vase -  a friend's heirloom
  • cream candles  that WILL DRIP - mine were from Family Dollar Tree - 2 for 99 cents
  • persimmon colored cotton tablecloth - mine is from Home Goods

Steps: 6

 

Rated: Medium Arrangement

Do you want an arrangement for Halloween that is elegant and a little mysterious?  You don't have to have spider webs all over it to set the tone.  This will do the fill the bill.  I even think Bride of Dracula would like it.  The TRICK for this arrangement is that the vase is a regular glass footed vase, and you just line it with a garbage bag to get the 'black glass' look without having to spray paint the inside of it. Woohoo!  Easy!  The arrangement is one sided, to set on a console table.  If you want it two sided you need to double to roses, scabiosas, and dahlias.

There are some red kale varieties that are decorative.  Redbor Kale is both stunning and delicious.  The kale in this arrangement comes from my husband's organic garden here in Southern California.  We eat it year round, sauteed with tomatoes and onions in olive oil.  We probably eat it three to four times a week.  It is delicious.  We also put it in the blender with fruit (a frozen banana, frozen raspberries, some fresh orange juice, a heaping tablespoon of homemade yogurt, and vanilla) to make smoothies.   Ya gotta' get your greens.

You will need to wire your roses with 1/3 length of 18 gauge floral wire.                                                 See:   http://www.floristinyou.com/prep  Then wire the dahlias with a whole piece of heavier floral wire.  Poke the wire right up through the bottom of the dahlia.  Then bend the top of the wire back down in a loop with pliers and pull it back down a little so it doesn't show.  The scabiosas however, have a mind of their own and they just go where they want to.  You still have time to decorate for Halloween, so once you have your flowers, let's begin.

 

Press  end of  black garbage bag into large brandy snifter shaped glass vase.  Fill with water.

Press  end of  black garbage bag into large brandy snifter shaped glass vase.  Fill with water.

Trim the top even with the edge of the vase.

Trim the top even with the edge of the vase.

Use floral stripper to take off any leaves that will be below water.

Use floral stripper to take off any leaves that will be below water.

Put in vase.  Anchor with small stones.

Put in vase.  Anchor with small stones.

Add 3 berry branches, one on each side and one in the back.

Add 3 berry branches, one on each side and one in the back.

Add Pepper Berries and kale.  Cut kale stems as long as you can.

Add Pepper Berries and kale.  Cut kale stems as long as you can.

Wire dahlias and add them.

Wire dahlias and add them.

Close up of Burgundy Black Dahlia.

Close up of Burgundy Black Dahlia.

Add your roses.

Add your roses.

Add the cream roses and then the white rose at the bottom.

Add the cream roses and then the white rose at the bottom.

The orange hand blown bud vase compliments the 'black glass' of the arrangement.

The orange hand blown bud vase compliments the 'black glass' of the arrangement.

Add a chandelier with wax candles that will drip.

Add a chandelier with wax candles that will drip.

And a sparkly little tree.

And a sparkly little tree.

And this little gem of a vase found in a Pasadena California antique store.

And this little gem of a vase found in a Pasadena California antique store.

And you are done.

And you are done.

I think you're ready.....

I think you're ready.....

For Halloween.

For Halloween.

Have fun.

Have fun.