10.12.2009

Halloween Tree - Nightmare Before Christmas


Last year we made a small Halloween tree and my little girl wanted to do it again this year but bigger! Do you know how hard it is to find Christmas ornaments that can pass for Halloween tree ornaments? Nearly impossible in Little Rock. So guess what? We made them!

This is great for Christmas too. We have a black and white Christmas and soild ornaments of either color are a little harder to find so we made some of our own last year too.
    
Materials: Use glitter glue and glitter (I used Martha's glitter and glue. My Christmas ones look just as good this year as they did when they left my craft room last November.) The ornaments are the "design your own" clear glass that you find at any craft store.
    
Halloween Ornaments: Using vinyl, shelf liner or any sticky back paper (the jack-o-lantern ornaments we used mailing labels) cut out your design. For detailed designs, like my skull, I reccomend vinyl or shelf liner. You can cut the design where the bubbles are and carefully work around making some areas overlap, make sure it's stuck down good.
       
Coat the ornament in glitter glue, working carefully around the design not to get a whole mess of glue under the vinyl. Pour glitter over the ornament, catch the excess glitter on a piece of paper or in a glittler tray. Tap off the excess from the ornament (tap on the top metal part). I removed my vinyl while the glue was still a little wet. Tweezers or a paper pirecer are great for that part. Let dry - I mean it. You have to let it dry between colors.
      
Using a small paintbrush, "paint" glittler glue into the places where you removed the vinyl (where your second color goes). Put your second color glitter into that space, tap off excess and let dry. You're done! The hardest part is waiting for it to dry. :)
    
What do you think? Halloween tree: Is it too crazy?


YAY!

18 comments:

Lynn said...

How awesome!! I love it!!

Michelle Forrest said...

This is just too cute!

Karen said...

Love it!

Carisa said...

I think it's great!!! What a fun project to do with your daughter!

Vicki said...

Just too clever! Great idea! Blessings to you!

Denise said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing!

XXDenise

Ample Goddess Jewelry said...

I love them!!! I am such a Halloween freak though.

Creative Junkie said...

holy smokes, I LOVE THIS IDEA. And that's coming from someone who doesn't decorate at all for Halloween.

Amanda @geekdetails said...

Those look fantastic! I bet you could even use like thrift store ornaments that the color is in poor condition and the ornament is not. It would be a great (cheap) base for this type of thing!

Jeanette AKA Scrapnchick said...

Love love love your Halloween tree! Your ornaments are awesome too!

There was a black tree at Walmart last year and I wanted it BAD, but didn't get it (I did get the pink one for Valentines though *Wink*)

Payne Holler Cards said...

I dont decorate for Halloween - kids are gone but this is the BEST decorating idea yet!!! love it...what a cool "tradition" to do with daughter TFS

Carrie said...

Very cute idea. Thanks for sharing.
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alica said...

I love it. It's really original and cool!

Cindy said...

What a great idea!! I think it is a great tradition to have.

Whitney said...

Oh, I love it! I may pick up a small white Christmas tree this holiday season. You could decorate it all year long. Thanks for sharing!

Amber said...

To cool for words, I have a black one that we decorate.

Gina said...

I love your Halloween tree. I have a fake tree ( not Christmas tree, just a tree) that gets decorated for every holiday or season I can think of. I love the ornaments that you made.

Anonymous said...

Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.

- Kris