Step 3: Preparing the base and mounting the tree on it

You don't need to cut your board if you like the size.  If it is too big, measure a template out on a big piece of paper; like an old newspaper.  Cut this as straight as you can on a table saw.
 Drill a hole on one side with a drill, a bit off centered so when you put the wire end of the trunk through the hole it will be towards the middle of that side.
Sand it down making sure there are no splintered edges and clean it off. 
Now it's time to water proof so it doesn't rot from being wet from paper mache, or the plaster cloth.  Take your base coat and follow directions on the can, take the time to wait for it to dry because you want to do it right and not quickly.   You run the chance of messing up and having to redo it if you don't take the required time.  Now when that is done drying use the waterproofing paint and spay it down as even as you can.  Do the same for this one, and let it dry thoroughly.

Put the wire end of the tree through the hole and bend it down on the bottom.  Then position your tree on the top.
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?
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.
Wonderful, I'll try it.
I hope to see your project soon!
Nice, I love the mushrooms if you have it backlit like<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/backlit-tree/"> this.</a> It would look really scary at night.<br>
Awesome! nice work.

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