Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

Get into the spooky spirit with this easy Halloween DIY!

T minus 1 week until Halloween and if your house is anything like ours, the kids have been counting down the days for weeks. It’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to October 31 and we’ve had some fun decorating around the inside and outside of our house plus enjoying some Fall/ Halloween activities, including making a few DIY Halloween decorations (check out this DIY Ghost Garland from last year). We avoid the scary stuff since the kids are still young, but we load up on pumpkins, bats, and spider webs and this year we added this DIY Halloween decoration using a branch and some spray paint.

All you need are 3 materials to make this creepy DIY Halloween decoration that’s great for inside or outside

Materials

  • black spray paint
  • twigs or branches with leaves trimmed off
  • optional: crows, spiders, or other creepy creatures

Directions

1.Start by trimming your branch of excess leaves, etc and brushing off any loose bark and dirt.

2.Give branch 2- 3 coats of black spray paint, allowing to dry between coats. If you prefer, you can skip adding in creepy creatures and keep the branches unadorned.

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3.When dry add in any creepy creatures that you like. I found some fake crows at our local dollar store and perched them on the branches, wiring them on. Easy! A glue gun or black pipe cleaners would also work.

Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

I only made one of these for outside our front door, but love the idea of creating a mini-forest in our front yard along our walkway or making smaller ones for a Halloween party table.

Tip: Secure your branch(es) in a pot or other container to hold upright (sand, soil, or gravel work well). If you’re making a smaller, tabletop version, place branches in vases for a party table backdrop or centerpiece.  Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration  Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration 

Looking for some other fun ideas for Halloween? Check out this round-up of family-friendly activities in the Vancouver area over on Ava to Zoe and these cute Halloween marshmallow pops to make with the kids!

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Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

 

Easy DIY Easter Bunny Bags

Ok, we all know Easter baskets are the classic when it comes to holding all those Easter treats (see this post for more Easter gifting ideas), but how cute are these little bunny bags as a twist on the classic for Easter parties? If you need a last minute idea for when the Easter Bunny comes or want to hand out treats for Easter, these little bunnies take minutes to make and are perfect for popping in all those Easter egg hunt finds or giving away fully loaded with Easter treats. View Post

Candy Hearts Valentines Printables

Candy Heart Valentine's Day free printable

Say Happy Valentine’s Day with these cute candy heart printables! Inspired by the cute sweets, these hearts make cute Valentine’s cards to give out at school, or you can use them for decorations. I’ve created two versions that you can choose from or mix-and-match: one set with words and one without/plain, so you can leave them blank or personalize yourself. All you have to do is click, print & cut out! Hand these out by themselves or pair with some sweet treats. 

Tip: Print on cardstock instead of regular paper to use as Valentine’s cards. I sent mine to Staples to print and they cost less than a set of kid’s Valentine’s from the store

 Candy Heart Valentine's Day free printable

Candy Heart Valentine's Day free printable

Candy Heart Valentine's Day free printable

Click below to print the candy hearts with words:

Valentine’s Day Candy Heart Card Printables

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Click below to print the plain candy hearts:

Valentine’s Day Plain Candy Heart Card Printables 

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Dried Orange Christmas Garland

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

If you’re looking to add a little pop of colour to your holiday decorations this year, this dried orange Christmas garland is a pretty homemade addition and can be adapted to suit your decorating style. Go for simple with all- greens, or add in extras like ornaments, pinecones, cinnamon sticks, etc for a fuller option. Since we’re now officially counting down to Christmas I thought this would be the perfect DIY for the first weekend of December!

To dry the oranges you can you use a dehydrator or dry slices in the oven. Once they’re dried simply string them onto some twine or ribbon, or attach to a greenery garland; I used twine and a hot glue gun to make a small fresh greenery swag and added pinecones along with the orange slices for mine. To hang, either glue or tie on some ribbon or twine. You can also use the dried oranges to make pretty ornaments or a wreath (they’d also be cute tied on to gifts!). I like that this is a more traditional decorating idea, but one you can adapt to suit your home and decorating style. Enjoy a cozy afternoon whipping this up with a cup of eggnog by your side and some festive music.

Here’s how I made mine.

Materials

– 1- 2 medium oranges

– fresh greens

-ribbon and twine (tip: florist wire might also come in handy if you have it on hand)

-additional decorations such as pinecones, cinnamon sticks, ornaments, etc

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

Directions

  1. For the dried orange slices: Slice your oranges approximately 1/8″ thick and place on some paper towel. Pat them dry on both sides to remove excess moisture. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or onto the racks of a food dehydrator (I have a round one like this and love it). If you’re drying them in the oven set it on low (about 250°) for a few hours hours. Check them every hour or so and flip them so that they dry evenly on both sides. If you’re drying them in a dehydrator, you’ll probably need to do them overnight. You’ll know they’re dry when there’s absolutely no moisture left and they’ve turned a golden orange shade instead of bright orange.
  2. For the garland: Start by laying out your greens to see how you want to build your garland. Once you have the garland laid out, use a hot glue gun and some twine and/ or floral wire to attach it all together. Tip: the hot glue will help hold the shape/ structure- especially in the center (see below).

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

2. Once you have constructed the garland, start adding in the decorative items. I opted for pinecones and some cream ribbon, along with the orange slices. 

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY  3.To hang, use a picture hook, thumb tack or removable hook (if you’re looking for some pretty options check out here and here).  

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Simple Greenery Holiday Wall Hanging

Who’s starting to decorate for Christmas? Add a fresh festive touch with this simple greenery holiday wall hanging. All you need is some floral wire, fresh stems, and ribbon (maybe add a Christmas movie in the background ;). Choose a favourite festive word or phrase and enjoy a fresh addition to your holiday decorations. 

This wall hanging isn’t too tricky to make, it just takes a little time and patience. Pour a glass of wine, put on some Christmas music and get into the holiday spirit with this pretty DIY.

Materials

  • fresh greenery of your choice (something with a flexible stem and not too much foliage is ideal)
  • floral wire
  • ribbon
  • tape (to help hold the shape of the words)

Directions

  1. Start by wrapping a stem in the floral wire- approx 1″ twists. 

2. Bend the wire to create the shape of the letters. Add in stems as needed, bending the wire to form the shape of the letters. Tip: you may have to break/ cut the stems rather than bend them to form the letters.

3. Use tape to hold down the design as you go to keep the shape. Once you’ve completed the design, go back and smooth out the shape; twist in more wire where needed to help hold the shape of the letters.

4. Add ribbon to hang and enjoy!

 

What are your favourite ways to decorate for the holidays? Share below!

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