Make your own Halloween Tree and Ornaments

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Get the kids involved making ornaments for this fantastic Halloween tree that can go in the entry or be the centerpiece on your dining table.

I think I could work on Halloween projects all year long.  I don’t know if it’s the colors that attract me, because I do use both black and orange accents in my home, or if it’s that I like cats and pumpkins!  Whatever the reasons, I did have a blast putting this spooky (or not so spooky) Halloween tree together.

I started with leftovers and that always makes me feel better about a holiday project.  If you have checked out my Fall Leaf Wreath, you’ll recognize these leaf stems.  These are the leftover stems and a few leaves that I didn’t use in the wreath.  So, instead of throwing them away, I was determined to put them to good use – and here they are.  I also tried to use things we crafters always have around the house.  So if you don’t have a particular material, find something else around your home that will work…the less we pay for our creations…the better!

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Materials List:

  • Vase
  • 5-6 branches with or without leaves
    (your preference)
  • Fiberfil or cotton balls
  • Grey floral moss
  • Tissues or felt
  • String, yarn, or hemp cord
  • Craft foam in Halloween colors
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Craft glue
  • Thread
  • Needles

Instructions:

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1. Start by spreading the branches of your stems out so they will fill some space.  Notice I bent the bottom end up.  This is going to help keep the branches in place in the vase I’ve chosen.

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2. Arrange the branches or stems in the vase in a manner that pleases you and then use a material, (I used craft fiberfill) to push down into the vase and hold the stems in place.  If you don’t have a narrow neck vase like mine you may need to use green floral foam or white Styrofoam.

The basic tree is complete now.  I will add the moss later because it is so messy.  I don’t want moss all over the place while I’m trying to make the ornaments.  I decided to use only three different types of ornaments because I almost see the leaves as an ornament.  I did make other but stuck with just the three. Here’s the ones I tried and how I made them but use your imagination and available materials to make your own designs!

Spooky Ghost

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The Spooky Ghost is made up of tissues, a tiny bit of craft fiberfill, hemp cord for jewelry making and a fine point sharpie.

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Simply lay the tissue flat and set a small ball of the craft fiberfill in the center.  Have a piece of cord or yarn available, about 10” long.

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Fold the tissue over the fiberfill and twist a bit to create a ghost head shape.  Wrap the neck with the cord or yarn, leaving one short end and one long end.  Use these ends to tie the cord tight.

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Now you can use the cording to create a loop that will allow you to hang the ghost from the tree.  Once you make and tie the loop, cut the extra cording ends off close to the knot.

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Create a spooky or funny face with the sharpie and hang your ghosts!

Happy Pumpkin

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I find that cookie cutters are marvelous templates for all sorts of craft projects.  I have a huge plastic bin full of them from hand me downs that my mom and grandmothers gave me.  Get to a flea market and beef up your supply!!  So, use a cookie cutter pumpkin and trace it onto orange craft foam!

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You do have to add your own embellishments, but that’s not that difficult.  Look for ideas in catalogs and children’s books.  I just used craft glue to attach the rest of the foam décor.

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Once the décor was added and the glue had dried, I used a large eyed needle and threaded the hemp cording through it.  I then pierced through the stem of the pumpkin and tied a loop for hanging.

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The pumpkin does look adorable on the tree, but this is the one ornament I decided not to use.  My kids think I need to make a few more and add them.  I think THEY need to make a few more and add them!!

Candy Corn

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Candy corn was easy.  There is an orange foam back and then the three colors to make the stripes are glued on top.  I kept these smaller so there were different sized ornaments, which is better from an interest and scale standpoint.  So, I had to make more of these.  Use that large needle to add a loop through the white top.

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Black cats are just as easy as pumpkins if you have a black cat cookie cutter!!  Trace this little darling and cut him out of craft foam.

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A paint marker doesn’t want to adhere well to the foam because the foam won’t soak it up, I think.  However, because of this, it leaves and interesting effect of a clear glossy area and then a little dot of white.  More like an eye than an opaque white dot would be so I liked it.  I did recoat a couple times to get the effect I wanted.

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Heavy Duty thread works great for whiskers!  I cut three pieces about 4” long and threaded all three into a needle with a larger eye.  I just punched into the front and then up from the back, removed the needle and cut the whiskers to length.

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Same idea with the large eyed needle and the hemp cording used to create a loop to hang the kitty from the tree!

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The last step is to add the grey, drippy moss to the vase.  This is a great Halloween effect, but remember, it is very messy.  Cover your surface and keep your cats away from it!

I hope you have a ghostly good time making a tree and ornaments of your own!  Let me see some photos if you get real creative!

Shari

Comments

  1. Mary says

    I made one of these spooky trees a few years ago and put some “bats” on the tree also. I made them of duct tape. It was pretty cute.

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