No Thanks
Keep In Touch With

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.


Deranged Halloween Centerpiece

A bunch of white roses crawling with critters makes a pretty (and) disturbing centerpiece.

Created By: Ditte Isager




  • Permanent glue
  • Rose petals
  • Vinyl bugs
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Vinyl snakes
  • Floral wire, 20-gauge
  • Poster putty
  • Vase, Versailles Crown vase


  1. Step 1

    Use permanent glue to attach vinyl bugs to rose petals.

  2. Step 2

    Paint vinyl snakes using black acrylic paint; let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Use floral wire to create anchors for coiled snakes: twist 1 end around the snake's middle. Insert other end in vase.

  4. Step 4

    Secure centipede (or other big bug) to vase with poster putty.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2010



Reviews (1)

  • Izi Ningishzidda 17 Oct, 2013

    Finished this project yesterday, everyone loves it! It's so funny! I found the bugs at Spirit, the snakes at Toys R Us and let me tell you, finding rubber snakes is not easy. I am making snake wreath too. Toys R Us had a big huge cobra for $10 and many good sized snakes like the ones shown for $2. I found some beautiful roses at Jo-ann's for $30. I want to use them year round so I just placed them with no adhesive. Works great. Found a black vase at a secondhand store. Thanks Martha!