Last week, I shared a simple DIY Halloween wreath tutorial and now I’m back with another cheap spooky Halloween project, again, inspired by this Pottery Barn image.
I love the look of the glitter potted trees. I am aware that this version is some sort of foam, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money for something like this. Instead, I used a dead branch from our birch tree.
Using a can of black gloss spray paint, I covered all areas of the branch and let everything dry. Then, I applied a second coat to make sure the color was truly black. Super simple.
After the second coat dried, I placed my eerie tree in a planter I had left over.
To cover the dirt, I spread the remaining nuts from our fall decoration around the base of the tree and threw in a few pine cones. A little crow from Dollar Tree adds another touch of spook.
Eerie tree budget breakdown:
Black spray paint: $1.00 at Wal-Mart
Planter: Already owned
Nuts and pinecones: FREE from mother nature
Total Cost: $2.00
So far, our Halloween decorations have cost $4.98, wa hoo! We’ll cover a few more frugal decorating ideas tomorrow, so come back for more.
Here’s a tip: If you plan to use real nuts, plan for the squirrels to eat them. We went out-of-town for the weekend and returned to find all the nuts missing. I’m sure the squirrels loved it. I pictured a little assembly line of squirrels passing nuts down the line until they were gone and now they’re having a feast. Yeah, you may want to use bark, mulch or fake Spanish moss.