You might have remembered the Easter tree I did earlier this year. Well, I’ve made one for Halloween and love, love, LOVE it!
All you need is:
- branches from your tree
- an empty coffee can or bucket
- plaster of paris or rocks (to weigh it down)
- ties or fabric strips
- 2 cans of spray paint
- decorations of your choice. I used my party circles.
- Cut your branches. I used a young oak tree from my back yard. The same oak provided for the Easter tree as well.
- Remove all leaves and cut to the shape you like. I combined clippings this time from three branches.
- Place your branches in clean, empty coffe can or bucket.
- Mix your plaster of paris. (unless you prefer to anchor your branches temporarily with rocks) This step is permanent and you will have to either store the tree or toss it.
- Pour into coffe can or bucket.
- Arrange branches in plaster mixture. You may need to use ties or strips of fabric to temporarily hold your branches together in the middle until the plaster sets. I let the tree rest and set overnight.
- Paint entire tree including coffee can or bucket; even inside where plaster is. This will take several attempts. Tree branches are tricky to cover the first time around. It took hubby four attempts to get full coverage and used about 1 1/2 cans of spray paint.
- Once tree dries, decorate! Tie on tulle and hang party circles with string. I doubled my party circles so the designs showed on both sides and were visible from any angle.
- Prepare to wow! I used my tree as a centerpiece in three shows so far and have had more people stop, stare, and take pictures.
It’s such a simple and inexpensive project. Your kids will love to help too!