Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Halloween Tree.

Here's an easy little project to start you out with!  I call it:

in that it is much like a Christmas tree (and uses the same type of ornaments) but is obviously for Halloween.  But you understood that, didn't you?  No picture tutorial today, but it's so easy, you can't go wrong.

1.  Find some creepy looking sticks.  Make sure they are skinny-ish.  Lay them out and spray paint them black - all sides.
2.  While you're waiting for those to dry, make your little pumpkin ornaments.  Start with an empty clear glass ball ornament - that you can find at nearly any craft store.
3.  Take the top off and fill the ornament with various orange items.  Like bits of scrap ribbon with different patterns:

Or paper napkins cut into small pieces and folded like a fan.  I used three fans in one ball.

Or scrunched up scalloped circles out of orange paper.  

Also used: one long piece of orange ribbon curved around and around, orange crinkle paper, and store-bought pom poms.

4.  Once they are filled, place the top back on and tie a tiny bit of ribbon around the wire.

5.  Then you're ready for the faces.  You could draw them on with a sharpie.  I had some black vinyl sitting around, so I used an exacto knife and just cute various shapes out of my vinyl, then stuck it on.
I'm fairly certain this little guy with fangs is my favorite.  He's too happy to be scary, despite his sharp teeth.
6.  Search around your house for an appropriate vase.  It needs to be large and tall enough to fit all the sticks in comfortably, with room for them to spread out.  Hopefully, you'll find something stuck in the corner that you haven't thought about for years - like me.  I used a plain black glass vase.  I was going to decorate it in some way, but decided to let the focal point be the cute little pumpkins.
7.  Place your sticks.  Arrange them all pretty-like.  
8.  Hang your ornaments.  
And that's it!  You're done!  And easy, cute little craft to dress up your table as a centerpiece or sit on a mantle.

AND, I only broke one ornament in the process.  Score.

*Be sure to check just below for all the fun parties I link to!


Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

That is so cute!! My kids would destroy it in about two minutes...

Unknown said...

Hi Kimberly!

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. I was going to come link my pumpkins up to your party, but I can't seem to find it. Am I being totally lame-o?? I feel like it's probably right in front of my face...

Anyway, I love your pumpkin tree! It's very cute and so unique. Awesome-ness!

Karie @ The HoB said...

What a cute and easy idea!!

Whit said...

What a fun idea. I love it so so cute I have got to do this next year. Thank you so much for sharing and linking up to our party Show and Share. Make sure to come back this week and link up your latest projects. We would love to see them.

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