halloween DIY: spooky tree

I’m going to level with you: I’m not much of a crafter. I absolutely love decorating for holidays, but I tend to buy my decorations and embellish my apartment with gourds and pumpkins and call it a day. A few days ago, as I was taking a walk around the lake, I got an idea for a DIY Halloween project, and I decided to try it out this afternoon. Here is the spooky tree I created:

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I absolutely love how it turned out! All I did to create this cute piece was:

1. Scavenge around for a suitable branch. I looked for one with a bunch of little limbs to hang the decorations on.

2. Paint the branch black. I had a tube of black paint left over from a previous project (touching up some picture frames that had chipped corners) and used a small sponge brush.

3. Sprinkle some glitter on the painted branch. I didn’t have any craft glitter so I used some sparkly silver and black eyeshadow. Ha. 

4. Thread some black thread through your chosen “ornaments” and hang them on the branches. Full disclosure: my original idea was to use either candy corn kernels or tiny orange Christmas balls, but I found these pre-made scrapbooking decorations and decided to use those instead. I just removed the sticky backing before stringing them. So, not 100% DIY, but I trust you won’t hold it against me. 

5. Choose a location to display your spooky tree, preferably one that enables the branches to cast shadows on the walls! 

So, that’s my first attempt at handmade Halloween decorations since elementary school. What do you think? Have you made any of your own decorations? Share them in the comments!

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About Emily

Hello! My name is Emily and I'm a 27 year old living in Raleigh, NC. I am a graduate student studying sociology and working towards my PhD; I run a vintage etsy shop in my free time.
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