This is a fun Halloween crafts project you can use to decorate any corner or table in your home. You can adjust the size of the branch to make a bigger tree to keep on your front porch, too. If you opt for the bigger tree, use a painted clay pot and add some sparkly lights.
This particular project will also be great to decorate a table or your mantle. Have your kids help you by taking them on a nature walk to find an appropriate sized branch and allowing them to decorate the tree. Also, you can be creative with what you use to decorate the tree once it is done. How about hanging some Halloween candy off the branches or hanging homemade tissue ghosts? When you are done, you have yourself a unique Halloween decoration that is cheap and easy to make.
Approximate time to make from start to finish: one hour (includes drying time for paint)
For this project you will need:
- One large can, cleaned and label removed
- Black or orange acrylic paint
- Silver glitter
- Large tree branch, cleaned and any leaves removed
- Black spray paint
- Florist foam or Styrofoam block
- Spanish floral moss (available at most craft stores)
- Purchased spider web
Begin this project by painting the can in your choice of color, either orange or black. While the paint is still wet sprinkle glitter all over the wet paint. This is a fun step for kids to do. Allow it to thoroughly dry.
Next, put out layers of newspaper and paint your tree branch with spray paint outside. You will need to allow for drying time before you can use your branch. In the meantime, cut the florist block or Styrofoam block to the size of the can and push it down inside to the bottom of the can. If it is too small or the blocks are too loose, you can hot glue the block into place. This will help stabilize the branch.
Once your tree branch is dry, push it down into the block of foam and glue the moss into place around the base of the tree. If you are having trouble finding moss, or you do not have any on hand, use some black fabric or try using spider webs instead.
Now it is time to decorate your Halloween tree. Spread your spider webs over the branches and don’t forget to add the little plastic spiders. Use your Halloween tree when you need a decorative touch in your home.