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Ok, now I am ready to show you my project for today. I so fondly named it my Eek Boo Tree. I'm sure you have seen all the cute little Halloween trees popping up in the stores lately. I really wanted one, but not a plastic or wire one, and not one that would cost me $30! So, I decided to make one myself for practically nothing.
I started by gathering some dried up branches from my cherry tree and wrapped them with floral tape in the spots where I needed to attach them together. I then drilled a hole in a scrap piece of wood and stuck the "trunk" through it for stability. After wrapping that as well, I spray painted it all black.
It looked amazing already, but I wanted to go for a different feel. So I sponge painted all the branches (very tedious!) with white, then did a brownish color wash after the white dried. I added rocks to the bottom of my container, which is a small plant container left over from buying seedlings, and then stuck the wood piece with branches in.
I took air dry clay (10 lb box is only about $8, and I already had some) and shaped all my little ornaments, which include small birds, a pumpkin, a cat, and a ghost. I took tiny alphabet stamps and pressed them into the birds to spell eek and boo, and did the same on the pumpkin's hat. After drying, I painted them up and added hemp hangers to them. I have to say I cheated a little as this and the painted spool words are the only stamping I did, but I just love how it looks! Speaking of the spools, I just painted them and small wooden beads, stamped my words, and added them to hangers as well.