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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.

Janell Beals, Isabella & Max Rooms
Halloween Centerpiece

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.

Beginning Work on the Centerpiece

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.

  • Using Rubber Cement
  • Using Newspaper

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.

Cutting Out the Paper

Assemble Tags

Apply glue to colored card stock pieces and center on black card stock to create tags (Image 1). Create holes on tag ends using a hole punch (Image 2). Write Halloween phrases on tags with wide-tip black marker (Image 3).

  • Gluing the Tags Together
  • Preparing the Tags
  • Writing on the Paper Tags

Complete Centerpiece

Cut ribbon into 10-inch lengths and thread through holes in tags. Hang cards on branches and finish the centerpiece by attaching a black crow.

  • Paper Words and Ribbon
  • Completing the Project
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