Today is the Halloween Blog party at A Fanciful Twist so if you are coming from there Welcome!! and please stay for awhile. I hope you enjoy my tutorial today.
Keeping crafts simple and frugal is my #1 priority and todays craft is no exception to that. I made what I am calling my Cutesy Halloween Tree.
- Some obliging branches
- A container
- Moist florist foam
- Black spray paint
- Masking tape
- Halloween ribbon
- bottle caps (you could also use thin cardboard or cardstock)
- Black string
- Dried beans or small rocks
- “Grave yard Moss”
I then masking taped the branches together.
Once they were taped I laid them out on a painters tarp and spray painted them entirely black.
I found this cute bucket in the $1 aisle at Target.
After the branches were dry I stuck them in the Moist Floral Foam. I picked it up at Joann’s for a few dollars. How much you need will depend on the size of your container.
Now if you run into what I did your tree isn’t very secure in the bucket. I took some dry beans and just poured them in around the base for stability. You could use rocks also.
Now you have your basic tree and it’s time to make the ornaments!!
Now go crazy here. Take what I do and run with it or go completely a different direction.
Previously I had showed how to take bottle caps and flatten them for use in various craft projects. This would be one of those cases. I pulled out my stash of already prepped bottle caps and thought they would be a great base for the ornaments.
They needed a hole in the top though so I could hang them with string first. All this took was a hammer, a fairly large nail and a cutting board safe to do this on.
Do be careful of your thumb. I did slip and catch at more than once while doing this. I know you can buy a punch to do this in the jewelry supply section of craft stores but I don’t own one and I didn’t want to go out to buy one for only this project.
At Target again in the $1 aisle Lil ‘R found these stickers he liked so we grabbed them.
Unfortunately I thought they were a perfect 1” the right size for the bottle caps but they were a hair to big. They would have worked okay but I cut them using my 1” punch just to make them fit perfectly.
Then just cut 2 inches of black thread and put it through each of the ornaments. I made a total of 20.
Now it’s time to start putting everything on the tree.
I put on all the ornaments, I also added bits of Halloween ribbon randomly and lastly used a small amount of cheap white cobweb to finish it off with some “Graveyard Moss” I picked up at the Dollar Tree.
Here just go crazy. Make other type of ornaments. I thought about making little ghosts from white fabric, string and permanent marker but I liked how this look came out so I stopped.
Really make it unique.
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