Halloween Ideas

Quick-and-Easy Halloween Branch Centerpiece

Create this flower-free centerpiece in a snap to dress up a Halloween table setting or place it on your entry table to greet trick-or-treaters.

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Materials Needed:

  • 4 to 5 tall bare branches
  • newspaper
  • tall narrow vase
  • black, orange and yellow card stock
  • 1 roll 1/4" wide black ribbon
  • black crow
  • black wide-tip marker
  • decoupage glue
  • glue stick
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • white spray paint
  • drop cloth

Paint Bare Branches

Remove any leaves, then place branches on a drop cloth and evenly coat all sides with white spray paint. While paint dries, tear lengths of newspaper.

Cover Branches With Newsprint

Brush decoupage glue onto lengths of torn newspaper (Image 1). Wrap glued paper along branches and press into place (Image 2). Repeat until branches are entirely covered, then arrange them in a tall narrow vase to dry. Tip: Decoupage just a few or cover all the branches depending on desired look for finished centerpiece. Newspaper can also be antiqued using wood stain for an aged appearance.

Cut Card Stock

Cut orange and yellow card stock into five to seven 2" x 4" pieces. Cut same number of 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" black card stock pieces.

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