Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tutorial: A Cutesy Halloween Tree

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
  • stickers
  • bottle caps (you could also use thin cardboard or cardstock)
  • Black string
  • cobwebs
  • Dried beans or small rocks
  • “Grave yard Moss”
IMG_9633The first thing to do is find some obliging branches. We happen to have multiple Oak trees in our yard so that wasn’t too tough. I took three branches to get the fullness I wanted but if you’re lucky it may only take one.
IMG_9637I then masking taped the branches together.
Once they were taped I laid them out on a painters tarp and spray painted them entirely black.
IMG_9635I found this cute bucket in the $1 aisle at Target.
IMG_9649After 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.
IMG_9670Now 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.
IMG_9650Now 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.
I hope you liked my contribution for the blog party.
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Thank you for coming by and I’d love to hear what some of everyone else’s ideas for cute ornaments could be!


  1. Happy halloween party.
    I love Halloween is so magical.

  2. Awesome idea! I want to do this now.

  3. This is so cute and you gave a great tutorial!
    Following your blog.
    Happy Halloween!
    Here is my party!

  4. I love the ornaments on your tree! How creative! I love the sparkles.

  5. What a great idea to make a Halloween tree that way! (And once again I wish I could buy Halloween stickers for 1 $ around here, too.)

    Anyway, I like your whimsical Halloween tree very much.

    Greetings from Germany,

  6. Aw your ornaments are so cute! I posted my Halloween Tree today too! I used real Styrofoam instead of the florist foam. It was harder to get the branches in, but I only needed one. Its supported it pretty well!

  7. Sharing on my Facebook page! Too cute!

  8. What a lovely idea and I love your Halloween ornaments!

    Have a lovely Halloween!!

  9. I've bookmark this page. My Piano Man, our Little Princess and I shall be making a Halloween Tree. This is WONDERFUL!

    Thanks so much for sharing and happy Fanciful Hall Hallow's Eve!

  10. How kind of you to share this tutorial...such a thoughtful way to spread the Halloween spirit around!

    Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  11. What a great tree and ornaments. I think I'll make the tree next year and add some black glitter for spooky shimmery fun.

  12. So crafty! I like the bottle cap idea.

    Happy Halloween!

    You are invited to join my party as well

  13. I have always wanted a Halloween tree to decorate! I'm inspired to give it a try next year...thanks for the tute!

    Happy Haunting!

  14. Thank you for the wonderfull tutorial :)
    Happy Holloween and Enjoy the Party! TST

  15. Adorable Halloween tree! And love your ornaments too! A Halloween tree is a must!!! ;) Thank you for the tutorial!

    ♥ Vanessa (A Fanciful Twist)

  16. Oh, this is so adorable! I love it.

    Thank you so much for your visit. It is a pleasure to meet you. Mina

  17. oooh i love your halloween tree :)
    why not hop over for a spooky tale at my place :
    the more the merrier :)

  18. I love your Halloween treee! What a wonderful idea! Thanks for the crafty tutorial, I love it! Happy Halloween!

  19. This is really a great idea! I love your party post, because now I have time to make one of my own! And boy, do I have bottle caps!

  20. Thank you very much for this nice tutorial. I want to do this!
    Happy Halloween!


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