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Halloween Table Tree

Finished Table Tree
Materials Required
- 1 - Scary Lighted Branch (from Illuminations candle shop)
- 1 - Antiqued clay flower vase
- 1 pkg. self-stick protective felt pads
- 1-3 pc. Floral styrofoam
- 1 pkg. Spanish moss
- 1 - small tombstone
- 1 - 3.25" Skull
- 1 - 3" polyfoam pumpkin
- 2 - fall-themed floral stems
- 1 pkg. floral plant stakes
- 6-8 6" plastic skeletons
- 1 - 20" Grey Witch

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20-inch Grey Witch
20" Green Witch
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Optional Materials
- 1 20" White Witch
- 1 20" Black Witch
- 1 20" Green Witch
- 1 16" Skeleton Pirate
- 1 20" Realistic Skeleton
- 1 Hanging Mummy
- 1 Skeleton Bride and Groom
- 1 Small Black Crow

Tools Required
- Safety goggles
- Latex Gloves
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue gun
- Utility Knife
- Power drill with 3/8-inch bit

Disclaimer:
The list of materials and tools required listed above as well as the measurements and some of the pricing provided in the instructions below are provided as examples. They are accurate for the item we built and may not exactly meet your needs. Please, before you go out and buy a bunch of materials and (possibly) tools, read the instructions below and determine what it is you need for your project. A few minutes of planning and preparation will save you a lot of time, frustration, and (possibly) money, too.

And, of course, please feel free to modify any of the instructions below if you know of a better way to accomplish some of the tasks we've described. If you do, please feel free to send them my way at projects@skeletonfoundry.com. We'd love to hear from you.


CAUTION:
USE THESE INSTRUCTIONS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

This project involves the use of power tools. If you are not comfortable working with power tools, I would recommend you not attempt this project. While the work is fairly non-complex, it does still pose a safety risk if done incorrectly. Please, use caution when attempting to do any kind of work with power tools.

Also, when doing any kind of work like this, please make sure to work safely and to follow all safety precautions on applicable tools materials. Use common sense precautions to protect yourself and others from injury. Always wear your safety goggles, work in a well-ventilated space.

Skeleton Foundry provides these instructions on an informational basis only. IN NO CASE WILL SKELETON FOUNDRY BE LIABLE FOR PERSONAL INJURY, DAMAGE TO PROPERY OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS. You assume your own risk by doing so.

This Halloween do-it-yourself project can be completed pretty quickly and easily, but can add some great, gory detail to your kitchen decorations or food table. Once completed, this Halloween decoration can be stored and will last for years to come. And, the materials costs are pretty inexpensive.

OK. I'll admit it. This Halloween DIY project is a bit more "Martha Stewart" than I'm used to, but for me Halloween decorating is as much about decorating the inside of the house as it is the outside. Each year I hold a Halloween party and I like to wow my guests. It all got started when I purchased a couple Scary Lighted Branches from Illuminations a couple years ago. (I got them for half off during their clearance sale after Halloween.)

I tried to use them last year as decorations for my food table, but I had a hard time standing them up straight since they are top heavy and have a very thing base/stem. So, after my party last year I decided I had to come up with a creative a way to stand them up and add some pizazz to the food table.

Most of the materials for this project can be purchased inexpensively at your local dollar store, Big Lots, or craft store. The most expensive item is the Scary Lighted Branch from Illuminations candle shop ($30 ea.). But, Michael's recently started something similar.

Instructions:

1. Please read all the instructions BEFORE you go out and buy anything.
 
2. VaseStart your flower vase. If it isn't already "antiqued," you can do so very easily using some watered down black latex paint, some gold or silver acrylic paint, and some polyurethane.
 
3. PadsIf your vase doesn't already have them, place some self-stick protective felt pads on the bottom. This will help keep it from scratching your table.
 
4. StyrofoamNext, hot glue your floral Styrofoam together. You want to assemble it so that it sticks up out of your vase about 1/2"" to 1" above the rim.
 
5. holeNow, drill a 3/8" hole in the center of your Styrofoam.
 
6. NotchOnce that's done, place it inside your vase and cut out a small notch on one side. This is where your small tombstone is going to sit.
 
7. TombstonePlace some hot glue in the notch and on the bottom of your small tombstone. Then, place your tombstone into the notch and let the hot glue set.
 
8. MossNext, cover the top of the vase and Styrofoam with some Spanish moss. Before doing so, however, make sure to put down some kind of covering on your work surface. The moss has a habit of getting kind of messy.
9. Now, it's time to spruce it up a bit. Add your fall floral stems, pumpkin, skull, or any small Halloween items. If your pumpkin or skull didn't come with a stake to insert into the Styrofoam, you can easily add one. The stakes I purchased were 12" long, so I cut one in half and use them.VaseInsert a stake into your pumpkin and skull, then add a large dab of hot glue to where they meet. This is done so that when you try to push the stake into the Styrofoam, it doesn't come out of the top of your skull or pumpkin and ruin it.
 
10. MidwayHere's a picture of one of the two I'd built nearly complete. Remember, these can be easily customized, so feel free to use whatever combination of Halloween items (pumpkins, skulls, skeletons, crows, snakes, etc.) you like. Make it your own!!
 
11. Next, I inserted the Scary Lighted Branch from Illuminations into the stryofoam and hung some small skeletons from it's branches. I tried to find the branches on Illumination's website, but they don't seem to have them listed there. However, I did check with my local store and they are selling them. If you are unable to find them, you can use a regular small tree branch and some Christmas tree lights - small battery operated set would probably work best.
 
12. Last, using a couple 1/4" wooden dowels, I propped up a 20" Grey Witch and a 20" Green Witch into each vase.
 
13. FinishedHere are a couple picts. of the two I'd built.
 
14. Well, that's it. I hope you enjoyed this Halloween do-it-yourself project. Please let us know what you think at projects@skeletonfoundry.com.