First I needed twigs...uh, having desert landscaping doesn't yield many twisty branches, although I did think about spray painting the cactus black! (bet the HOA would fine me for a life time!) I located a great source for these branches,one itsy-bitsy-tiney-tiny problem. Still attached to the tree and about 9 feet off of the ground. I am only 5'3 ish so...not happening.
While visiting family in Northern Arizona, inspiration hit me like a MAC Truck! I didn't need to forage for my branches, my uncle had trimmed the trees on his property and had TONS of branches just waiting to be burned. Selecting a few promising ones I stuffed them in my car and headed home.
I took a pile of branches....
and turned them into THESE!
I should have taken pictures of the steps in the middle, but my camera was in need of a charge. Here's a list of what I used:
Three cans of cheapo Walmart spray paint ($3.00)
One Dollar Store Floral Foam Brick cut in half ($1.00)
A tiny bit of Spider web floss ($1.00 for the bag)
Repurposed Spanish Moss from a floral display I saved from the office trash (FREE)
Urns ($4.00 for the pair at a yard sale)
Spiders/Rats (FREE from my stash of stuff)
Skeleton heads (Free..sort of, they came from the insert from BONES Season 4)
Table Scarf (FREE! a wool scarf I was given as a gift several years ago!)
Voila! Not to shabby for my first attempt! They are really impressive when you walk in the door!
Did I mention the Mister
doesn't like HATES Spiders? Sorry honey!
This tree is ready for it's close up...
Remember these guys? Found them at a yard sale.
With the left over branches, I crafted another "tree", for this pesky fella.
Another yard sale urn and a few landscape rocks from the yard. The vulture came from a yard sale...I think he was $3.00. Kind of spooky, but the Mister loves it!
I hope you enjoyed my trees. I got to get busy and finish decorating! I am linking up with Kimba at A Soft Place To Land DIY Day and Reinvented: Trash to Treasure Tuesday.
Ta-Ta For Now....