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Today’s Craft Lightning project is a fun Halloween tree that makes great spooky decor in your home. You will love how easy this project is to make and how great they look once complete. The secret is a new product that I am thrilled to introduce to you! This is a sponsored post by Testors Crafternoons, however, all projects and opinions are my own. Read on to find out more about that and catch up with the Craft Lightning posts from day 1 and day 2 if you missed any of the fun.
Supplies needed to make a Halloween tree:
- Testors Dimension Craft Paste (the secret ingredient!)
- Testors Craft Paint (I used two shades of brown and black.)
- Toilet paper roll
- Small cups
- Craft knife
- Pallet knives or small plastic knives
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Non-stick pad
- Small piece of red tissue paper
- Black tissue paper
- 20 gauge wire
- Wire cutters
- Small LED light or battery operated candle
- Fake spider webbing
Want to see me make a Halloween tree in a video? Just watch below!
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? No problem! Just follow along with the instructions below.
Use a craft knife to cut a spooky face from the toilet paper roll as shown below. Always use caution when using a craft knife to avoid cutting your fingers.
Place a small piece of red tissue paper over the face inside of the toilet paper roll. Use tape to secure into place.
Then cut lengths of wire and form them into branch-like shapes. A pair of pliers is useful here but not required.
Use hot glue to secure those wires inside of your toilet paper roll. I used four branches per tree. You also want to make sure that your wires or glue do not get onto your face as you want the light to be able to shine through.
Wad up some black tissue paper and put it in the top to cover the hole.
Now the branches are a little thin for a tree. Start adding hot glue to them to add some bulk. I went over the branches three times with hot glue building it up each time. Keep turning your project to avoid drips and use caution not to burn yourself.
When complete, you will have something that looks like the image below.
Then start adding a large amount of glue to the top of your tree to cover that tissue paper.
It may drip down but that is okay! We are also adding some lines on the toilet paper roll with hot glue for additional texture. Again you do not want to cover the face with anything.
Your tree will also need something to stand on so it is not top heavy. Place the tree on the non-stick mat and make “legs” with hot glue. Then just allow to cool completely and lift up.
Now for the magic! Testors Dimensional Craft Paste is perfect for adding dimension to projects like these. When the paste is wet, it can be mixed 1:1 with an acrylic paint to give that paint a special thickening effect. The paste is lightweight, flexible, non-cracking and non-peeling. It is almost the texture of Cool Whip when it comes out of the jar. Mix it in small cups with as much or as little craft paint as you would like.
I went with a dark brown, light brown, and dark grey.
Then literally start slapping it on with a craft knife. You want TEXTURE! So it is okay to be messy with this step. If you are hosting a Testors Crafternoon, be sure to have the work surface well protected and small boxes for your attendees to add their projects to after this step. The product does need to dry for 24 hours so you want them to be able to take home their Halloween tree even though it is still wet.
Apply the dark brown first and cover all exposed areas but use caution not to cover the face.
Then just add highlights of the light brown and grey. Pull up with your pallet knife as you apply to create even more texture.
Allow to dry for 24 hours and you are left with something similar to the image below.
You can add on some fake spider webs if you want to add to the spooky. Then add in your light and you are ready to display your Halloween tree anywhere in your home.
What are Testors Crafternoons?
Getting together with family and friends to craft can be a great time as well as a stress reliever. Testors Crafternoons aspire to do just that! Pull together your crew for a fun afternoon of crafting fun. Want to make a Halloween themed crafting date? Be sure to check out our Halloween lanterns as well as our pumpkin magnets that can also be made with Testors products. Then order your supplies and let the crafting fun begin.
You will want to order plenty of the Testors Dimensional Craft Paste because just look at that texture! You definitely can’t get that any other way!
So be sure to schedule a date to make a Halloween tree as well as some other crafts with your friends this year.
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So are you ready to dive in and use your glue gun like never before?
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Even more hot glue crafts
Now, are you ready to see even more great hot glue crafts? Carolina and I are collaborating with several other blogs this week to bring you some hot glue inspiration! Just click the pictures below to open up instructions on how to make each craft idea.