Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Challenge Time at Decorate To Celebrate - Halloween Centerpiece


     A friend of mine was looking for some ideas for a centerpiece for a grown up Halloween party -- something whimsical and her budget was $20.00.  So I looked into my bag of tricks to help her out and came up with a fun way to do a floral centerpiece.  Although this was done for Halloween, it can be adapted to any holiday or celebration.


     I turned to one of my trusted resources, Oriental Trading Company and saw a paper, put it yourself together, cupcake stand.  Along with cupcakes holders and picks.  Most normal people would think of this for actual cupcakes, but since I am challenged in the cooking and baking arena, I thought these elements would make a perfect floral centerpiece.  So armed with these supplies and great silk flowers I got on sale at Michaels, here is how I was able to put this together.

     Assemble the cupcake stand as directed.  When I first saw the directions, it brought back some bad IKEA memories, but honestly it took maybe five minutes.

     Paint the exposed edges as desired.

     Turning to my stash of paper, I had pages left in a Martha Stewart paper pack called "Vintage Halloween" which was perfect.  If you don't have any paper, I recommend getting these paper packs - available at any craft or big box retailer.  They have taken away the chore of which papers complement each other and if you use them correctly, you can get tons of projects out of them.  And when there are sales, you can get some real deals.

     Cut out paper to fit the sizes of the "pies" on the middle and bottom layer.  Once you have determined your size, use that first piece as a template to cut out the other papers.  Same concept for along the back "walls" of your cupcake stand.  Continue until you have filled up your stand -- don't forget the top piece!

     Assemble the cupcake holders.  Start cutting apart your silk flowers.

     HINT:  I love the flowers that come on a plastic "chain".  They are easy to get apart and use for different projects.  You cut away just a bit for what you need and you are able to maintain the integrity of the rest of the garland.

     Place your cut flowers into the stands and place onto the cupcake stand.  Fill as desired.  Add picks for fun.  Once you have completed, trim away your edges.

     This project took very little time to put together and was light and easy to transport and set up at her home.  And just think -- changing out the color papers and flowers, this would be fun for a holiday table, engagement party, baby shower, etc.  Have fun with it....and I was able to meet her budget which is always creative to me.

     Happy Haunting!


  1. Wow Patti! I love your holloween center piece! I love the papers and flowers you used! Very pretty! I am so happy to be on the design team with you! Your Friend,, Sarah

  2. WOW! this is one fabulous centerpiece my friend and beautiful. TFS and have a great evening!

  3. Awesome centerpiece, Patti!!! LOVE the papers you used!!!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Mollie's Motif


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