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.
By: Janell Beals
Halloween Centerpiece With White Branches, Paper Tags and Black Crow

Quick and Easy Halloween Branch Centerpiece

A cylindrical glass vase has been turned into a spooky centerpiece with the addition of white branches on which hangs a black crow and Halloween-themed messages. The centerpiece sits in a black tray, which is covered in cobwebs.

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.

Branches, Newspaper, Card Stock and Crow for Halloween Centerpiece

Craft Supplies for Halloween Branch Centerpiece

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.

Cutting Out the Orange, Yellow and Black Card Stock

Paper Tags for Halloween Centerpiece

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. You will use these as tags to hang on your centerpiece.

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).

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.

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