Halloween is one of those holidays that beg for your creativity when it comes to decorations and costumes. We thought we’d contribute to the mix with a project that you can easily do at home for your Halloween Party (or with a variation of elements just about any kind of party!). We’d like to call this our Spooky Terranium!
This DIY tutorial is actually a collaborative project we did with our good friends at Wen Floral for the Event Planners Association. Keep an eye out as we will be doing more projects with Wen Floral in the months to come!
Here are the materials you’ll need:
(gold and black spray paint, river rock, an 8″ glass bubble bowl, and black glitter)
Here are the flowers that you’ll need:
(black dahlias, pumpkin branches, manzanita branches, succulents and reindeer moss)
You may not have access to black dahlias but a succulent spray painted black would be an easy substitute! You can find pumpkin branches at your local Trader Joe’s. And any random small branch will do.
STEP 1: Break your manzanita into smaller pieces so they resemble small trees that will fit into the bubble bowl.
STEP 2: Spray paint the manzanita pieces black. While wet, throw some glitter on it. We used black glitter for a subtle sheen but gold would be really pretty too. Spray paint a few river rocks gold.
Your materials should be ready (chopsticks or a long spoon is also super handy in maneuvering the pumpkins!):
STEP 3: Prepare your bubble bowl. Pour some water in and add the moss to provide the flowers some nice cushion. Add the dahlia and succulent first, then drop in your branch. Then pluck the little pumpkins off the branch and scatter them around the base:
There’s no right or wrong placement!
Now for the final touch – DRY ICE to give it that enchanted, dark forest factor. You can find dry ice at Smart & Final:
BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN HANDLING DRY ICE AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. Wearing gloves, break small pieces of the dry ice and throw (carefully) into the bubble bowl. Add warm water to activate the carbon dioxide gas and you’ll get a foggy effect!
If the fog ceases after a few minutes, simply drop some more warm water over the dry ice to reactivate it. Use these as centerpieces or place submersible LEDS for porch decor. Add small animals and create scenes to gift to friends!