Fall is my favorite time of year and today is officially the first day of fall!!! Nature is about to make an amazing transformation that even I can’t duplicate. God has the most spectacular creative abilities! That’s why I look to nature for a lot of the things I design and decorate with.
- A large glass vase; I used a clear florist vase that can be found at most thrift stores or from your own collection. My sweet husband knows that I love fresh flowers for the house, so he will surprise me with a bouquet “just because”. So, I had a spare that I had not hauled off to the thrift store to use for this project.
- Black chalk board spray paint
- Silver spray paint
- Black spray paint
- Fine black glitter (I used Martha Stewarts glitter from Michaels)
- Hemp string
- 3 or 4-inch wide burlap ribbon
- Several long branches, the knottier the better. (I actually found the ones that I used at a local cemetery; they had great texture.)
- A piece of chalk
Begin by spreading out a large sheet of plastic outdoors and lay out all of your branches on it. Place your vase upside down on the plastic and spray paint with chalk board paint. Allow to dry, and turn the vase upright spray painting all over again, as well as, inside the opening of the vase. While the vase is drying, spray paint your branches with silver covering as much of the sides as possible and let dry. Flip and spray paint the other side, again spraying to ensure complete coverage and allow to dry. Next spray paint with black spray paint, sprinkling with black glitter after spraying each branch. This allows the glitter to stick to the wet paint. Allow to dry, and flip over to paint the other side, sprinkling with glitter as you go. It is not necessary to get complete coverage, as you are wanting some of the silver to show giving the branches dimension, which make it look like a dark forest in the moonlight. Once everything has dried thoroughly, bundle your branches together and wrap several times with the hemp twine and tie in a knot or bow. Cut your burlap ribbon long enough to wrap around the neck of your vase and to form a bow. Fold your ribbon in half, twisting the part that goes around the neck and then flatten out to the original 3 or 4-inch width to tie your bow. Now you are ready to write your “Happy Halloween!” message with a piece of chalk onto your vase or whatever message you would like. To help stabilize your vase to keep it from tipping and to support the branches, place sand or small pebbles in the bottom of your vase before sticking your bundle of sticks inside. There you have it – a pretty centerpiece for a table or sideboard.