Make a Dead-Branch Centerpiece for Halloween

In just a few steps, you can turn bare branches into a bewitching Halloween centerpiece.
Display your Dead Centerpiece

Display your Dead Centerpiece

Once finished, add any desired Halloween-themed decorations to the branches, such as rubber bats, snakes, spiders or mini hanging lanterns.

Materials Needed:

  • dome-shaped floral foam
  • 10" to 14" diameter urn
  • cut branches
  • garden shears, reciprocating saw or hack saw
  • roll of brown kraft paper
  • scissors
  • matte black spray paint
  • bag of pebbles
  • hanging rubber bats (or other Halloween-themed touches)
  • tape measure
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Spanish moss

Gather, Cut and Paint Branches

Gather an assortment of fallen tree branches from the yard (Image 1). Use garden shears, reciprocating saw or hacksaw to cut branches to proper height (Image 2). Tip: To determine proper height, measure the distance from the top of the table to the bottom of any light fixture above. Protect work surface with kraft paper then place branches on top. Add two even coats of matte black spray paint to branches (Image 3). For the best finish, hold spray-paint can 6 to 8 inches from surface of branches, moving the can back and forth as you spray.

Add Pebbles and Floral Form to Urn

To ensure the urn doesn't become top-heavy once branches are inserted, it's necessary to weight the base with pebbles. Pour an even layer of pebbles into the urn that's approximately 6 inches deep (Image 1). Place dome-shaped floral foam inside of urn with dome side facing down (Image 2). Ensure that foam stays in place by adding a bead of hot glue around the perimeter of the urn.

Add Branches and Moss to Foam

Insert branches, one at a time, into foam (Image 1). Focus on keeping them spaced at least one inch apart to keep the look balanced. Cover the surface of the floral foam with moss secured with hot glue (Image 2). Once finished, add any desired Halloween-themed decorations to the branches such as rubber bats, snakes, spiders or mini hanging lanterns (Image 3).

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