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How to make; Eerie Halloween Tree Decoration

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I saw the cute Easter tree decorations back when it was Easter time, and mid August, I finally decided to make one.   As we all know, October is just around the corner and what is in October?  Halloween is almost here;  ghouls, ghosts, and werewolves, all around spooky stuff.  A cute little Easter tree wouldn't fit the theme at all!  So I made plans for a spooky Halloween tree just for the occasion!

Here is how to make an entire tree decoration from scratch.  You can even make it an any season tree decoration with a little tweaking.
 
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Step 1: Materials Needed for Entire Project

~Key
( ) = explanations
* = optional


~ Supplies for the tree's skeleton:

Thick wire (doesn't matter what thickness just has to hold up and also be thicker than the thin wire)
Thin wire (again doesn't matter what thickness just has to be a little thinner)
Pliers (has to be able to cut and bend the wire)
Pencil  (this will help shape the branches out of the thin wire)
Wooden Broom stick (You need this to shape the thick wire for the trunk of your tree)
*drill  (for drilling a hole in the top of the broomstick so you can keep the wire still.)
Wire cutters

~ Base for the tree to stand on

A board   (fairly long, wide, and 1/2 - 1 inch thickness)
Drill (so you can put a hole for the wire-tree skeleton to be put in place.)
Measuring tape (measure the board to cut if it is too large.)
 

~To cover the tree skeleton and the base.

Scrap paper
Flour
Plaster cloth
3 buckets of water
tray (for the tree to set on to dry)
scissors
sticks (to prop the tree up as it dries)
Plaster of paris


~Painting the tree and base

Base coat spray paint
Water proofing paint
Black primer spray paint
Mossy green spray paint

Acrylics-
Light brown
Medium brown
Dark brown
Black
large sponge brush


~Decorations

Polymer clay
dried moss (the kind for floral arrangements)
dried Spanish moss
Fiber fill
Styrofoam
Hot glue gun (or some other adhesive)
*glue sticks (if you used a glue gun)
Acrylics- Red, white, black, different shades of brown
Paint brushes (medium for base coating, small for detail)
Knife (you need to cut the Styrofoam) 
Scissors





Craigoryegory7 months ago
A simple idea well-executed. I foresee a trend of spooky tree tableau's becoming a more essential halloween staple for a while. I'm inspired to work on one of my own to complement and inspire (read: intimidate) my living bonsai for the season!
Also I didn't notice any clear, head-on photos of your creation; they're all from above! Have you taken any atmospheric photos of your tree?
Crystalline_Chaos (author)  Craigoryegory6 months ago
I was sure I had some on the camera I used and before I could get the rest off, since it was my mother's camera they had all been deleted by my brother. He scolded me for "taking more than one picture of the same thing" by deleting all of them. He does not understand the concept or the fact that all pictures cameras take are not by any means flawless or take in the account of the impact different angles can make. I also no longer have this tree, it was give to a friend of my that had a stroke and my boyfriend and I would go visit her and bring her gifts and show her my progression in my projects. Well, I brought the tree to show her, and my heart was aching so bad that day because I forgot a present that I asked if she wanted the tree; she was so happy and that eased my sadness. Although, funny thing is, it is just down the street from where I live at her sisters house, since the place she had to do rehabilitation isn't exactly spacious. I can't exactly go to her sister's house and ask "Oh yeah that tree I made... can I take pictures of it?" I do not think her nephew would expect anything less of me though ahhaa! Yeah I think about that so much though, and almost agonize over the fact that I didn't get pictures of all the different angles I wanted. I apologize for that, though I am thinking of different tree themes and as soon as I get a space to work with them and my medical condition settles down more so; I'm back in the act then, and I hope very soon.
Criket3 years ago
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Crystalline_Chaos (author)  Criket3 years ago
Here is your proof. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glue
Crystalline_Chaos (author)  Criket3 years ago
Yeah, you do know glue is an adhesive, right? I even have a step that is dedicated to gluing.
shtirliz833 years ago
Wonderful, I'll try it.
Crystalline_Chaos (author)  shtirliz833 years ago
I hope to see your project soon!
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice, I love the mushrooms if you have it backlit like this. It would look really scary at night.
red-king3 years ago
Awesome! nice work.
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