We love a good jack-o-lantern, but sometimes you want to mix things up a bit when it comes to decorating for Halloween. We turned to Lisa Przystup, the talented florist behind James’s Daughter Flowers to offer her own take on casting a creepy mood. “I wanted to veer off the beaten path and work with unusual dried grasses and flowers,” Lisa says of the project. “The textures they bring make for a moody and nuanced arrangement befitting of the spooky holiday. The deep purple/burgundy of the smokebush leaves provide a darker backdrop for the lighter grasses to pop against and the anthurium is just weird and strangely beautiful enough to act as the single statement bloom. When making an arrangement like this focus on working with darker foliage and light, wispy dried grasses. It’s the variety of textures that really make it work.” Find out how to make this beautiful arrangement at home below!

west elm - Halloween Floral Arrangement by James's Daughter Flowers


    small—medium short vase with a smaller opening
    roughy a 5 x 5-inch square of chicken wire (the size will depend on the size of your vase. You want it to be large enough the fit snugly into the base of the vase after you shape it in a ball).
    floral clippers
    wire cutters (for the chicken wire)

west elm - Halloween Floral Arrangement by James's Daughter Flowers


    Dried grasses
    Smokebush leaves

1. Cut off a square of chicken wire a few inches long and create a ball in your hands that will fit into the bottom of the vase. Fill the vase with water. If the vase is made of clear glass, you can also make a grid pattern over the opening with the chicken wire and secure it with tape to keep it hidden.

2. Add greenery to establish an asymmetrical base, followed by your statement flower—these are the larger more show stopping blooms, in this case, the anthurium. Then add your secondary flowers and textures—thes fill the arrangement out and compliment the larger blooms. I used dried protea here as my secondary and accented with various dried grasses.

3. Construct layers and build up. For example, cut one flower long and then trim another just shorter to rests right below the longer flower while simultaneously hiding the stem. Again, there are no hard and fast rules here. Some of the most beautiful arrangements have a lot of negative space and unruly stems sticking out here and there. The general idea is to keep the eye moving. There should be a natural movement to the arrangement that keeps it visually interesting.

4. How do you know it’s done? You just… do. When you start to fuss, walk away and return with fresh eyes.

west elm - Halloween Floral Arrangement by James's Daughter Flowers

west elm - Halloween Floral Arrangement by James's Daughter Flowers

Lisa Przystup is a writer and the florist behind James’s Daughter Flowers. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Follow her on Instagram.

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