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Waiting for Godot or Spooky Tree For Halloween

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This tree was apart of the set for Waiting for Godot. It can also be used for a fantastic Halloween Display.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Plywood or OSB board
Shelf Braces
Screws
14 Gauge Wire
Cup Hooks
Masking Tape
PVC Pipe (Size to suit your need)
Paint
A Variety of Fabrics
A tree Branch or Two

Step 2: Foundations

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Using shelf braces attach the PVC Pipe to a base that will be suitably stable for the size of your tree. (2'X2' base will not support an 8' tree)

Step 3: More foundation

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Attach cup hooks or Screw eyes to the pipe and base. String wire between at an angle. This does nothing structurally, it will create the trunk shape when the fabric is layered over.

It is not pretty but this is a process.

Step 4: Selecting the Branches

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Find branches that will fit the look you are wanting. Insert the branch into the pipe and secure it by screws from the outside.

Step 5: Curly ends

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Now if you are like me and you are wanting those Tim Burton classic creepy curls you are going to have to extend the branches with something flexible. I used 14 gauge wire.

Step 6: Prep the wires

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I like to bulk the wires up with masking tape. This helps the draping fabric adhere as well.

Again not aesthetically pleasing but it will be soon.

Step 7: Get Messy

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Grab your rubber gloves!

   Here is where the fabric and paint come in. I used different fabrics so my tree would have lots of textures. (Plus I had a bunch of scraps. This is a great opportunity for recycling old clothes that are beyond donating.)

   Dip the fabric right into the paint. Be sure it it saturated but ring off most of the excess. Start draping from the base up. I use heavier fabric on the base (Canvas) and lighter on the way up the trunk and into the branches (Cottons and Lycra).

Just worry about getting the shape right now. When the paint dries it will act as primer for the final coats and be rigid enough to hold the shape.
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