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Halloween Decorations

Floral Jack-O'-Lantern

This floral jack-o'-lantern will delight the hearts of young and old and can make Halloween cheer a part of any household.

This Halloween decoration combines a terra cotta container with dried flowers to produce a floral jack-o'-lantern.
Festively floral, this jack-o'-lantern has
a hat that puts real pumpkins to shame.

What You'll Need

  • 7-inch terra cotta jack-o'-lantern or 7-inch terra cotta container
  • Black acrylic paint (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • 3x5-inch piece dry foam
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Handful Spanish moss
  • Greening pins
  • 9 pieces dried rust-colored wheat
  • Scissors
  • 3 stems dried dock
  • 3 stems dried strawflowers
  • 1 twig dried bronze canella
  • 2 stems preserved brown oak leaves
  • 1 stem dried love grass
  • 1 stem dried protea green
  • 4 strings peach raffia ribbon
  • Florist wire


  1. If using a plain terra cotta container, paint a jack-o'-lantern face on the outside with black acrylic paint. Let dry.
  2. Glue the dry foam to the inverted hat of the jack-o'-lantern. Set the inverted hat on top of the pumpkin head, and moss lightly. Secure the moss with greening pins. Cut the rust-colored wheat in half, and insert each half horizontally into the sides of the foam.

    Moss and dried wheat provide the base for this floral jack-o'-lantern's display.
    Work from the bottom to create the jack-o'-lantern's jaunty floral cap.

  3. Place the dock vertically in the center of the arrangement. Add the strawflowers from the base of the hat and work upward. Place the bronze canella in the lower right corner, allowing it to cascade downward. Fill in with brown oak leaves, love grass, and protea green as desired.

    Add additional dried flowers to your floral jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration's flowery display.
    Getting bigger...

  4. Make a bow from the raffia, and attach it to the right side of the jack-o'-lantern with wire.

    With the finishing touches in place, this floral jack-'o-lantern Halloween decoration is a resounding success.
    Ta-da! Wrap that raffia into a bow,
    and your floral jack-o'-lantern is a tremendous success.

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