How to Make a Creepy Halloween Floral Arrangement

One does not typically think of flowers for Halloween, but this creepy floral arrangement fits the occasion perfectly. While the flowers may be beautiful, they are overrun by crawling spiders. And for the ultimate eek factor, a ghostly white dismembered hand is holding the arrangement.


Things You'll Need

  • White silk roses
  • Branch
  • Bud vase
  • White latex glove
  • Polyester batting
  • Wire
  • Press on nails
  • Glue dots
  • Plastic spiders
  • Thread
Creepy Halloween Arrangement
Creepy Halloween Arrangement (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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Making the Halloween Floral Arrangement

Step 1

Start with a latex glove, which you can find in art supply stores. To fill out the fingers of the glove and make them bendable, we will use polyester batting and bendable wire. Cut pieces of wire that are longer than each finger, and cut pieces of batting that are about 4” x 5”. Wrap the batting around the wire, folding the batting over one end so the wire does not poke through.

Make the fingers
Make the fingers (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 2

Insert each of the wire fingers in the glove, working slowly so that the wire does not go through the batting and through the glove. When the fingers of the glove are filled out, add additional batting to the palm of the hand.

Stuff the fingers in the glove
Stuff the fingers in the glove (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 3

Bend the wires inside the fingers so it looks like the hand is holding something. Look at your own hand for reference to see how fingers naturally bend.

Bend the fingers
Bend the fingers (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 4

Add press-on nails to the fingertips to make the hand even creepier. The long black nails are from a costume store, but you can also use regular nails from a drug store or beauty supply retailer. They come with adhesive strips that you can use to attach to the fingertips.

Add press-on nails
Add press-on nails (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 5

Wrap the hand around a bud vase. Secure it in place with glue dots at contact points so the hand stays in place. Adjust the fingers if necessary so that the grasp looks realistic.

Wrap the hand around the vase
Wrap the hand around the vase (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 6

Place white silk flowers in the bud vase, along with a small branch. Try flowers that are more typical for funerals, like roses, rather than daisies. You can use real flowers, but silk flowers will allow you to display this arrangement throughout the Halloween season – and save it for next year.

Put flowers in the vase
Put flowers in the vase (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 7

Position plastic spiders all over the flowers, vase and hand so that it appears that they are swarming. Keep them in place with glue dots.

Swarm with plastic spiders
Swarm with plastic spiders (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 8

Tie a thread to the branch and dangle a spider from it. You can either tie the spider to the thread or use a glue dot. Add additional plastic spiders around the arrangement to complete the scary look.

Dangle a spider with thread
Dangle a spider with thread (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the small plastic spiders away from small children, as they can be harmful if swallowed.
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