Fall Festival – Week #2

I’m really early for Monday, but I just finished my post and can’t wait. Welcome to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival – a blog party all about fall! Add your DIY fall related project or fall decorating link below to participate.

I’m participating in Met Monday (see link below!). My metamorphosis = tree branch to fall decor. 🙂

Here is the project I did this week:

I personally don’t usually decorate for Halloween, but last year I made a spooky tree and I love it!

So this year, I wanted to do a tutorial and decided I wanted to make a ghost tree. It’s so easy. Here is what I did:


  • Vase/urn
  • Spray paint
  • A stick from the yard that looks like a “tree”
  • Spanish moss
  • Styrofoam
  • Mini-bird(s)
  • Spray adhesive/hot glue
  • Optional: For the white ghost tree, I used “cheesecloth” to make ghost bats. For the black raven tree: I added spider webs, black plastic spiders and sheer ribbon for embellishments


I put the styrofoam inside my urn. I left the plastic on it.
Then I poked my stick through the center.

I spray painted my urn and stick. (My owl wasn’t quite all white so I spray painted him too although – it’d be better to find one perfect and not alter him. But, he still turned out okay. For the black spooky tree – the birds were already black.)
I sprayed the Spanish moss a little too.

Once everything was dry, I used spray adhesive on the moss and used it to cover the styrofoam. I put clumps in the “tree” too. Dragging it here and there.
Then I added embellishments (use hot glue if needed). To the black one, I pulled spider webs from branch to branch (spider web is cotton-like product purchased from Joann Fabrics) and added some spiders. I tied on sheer black ribbon bows. All done! For the ghost tree, I added the owl. I cut 6″ strips of cheesecloth. I folded in half and tied a knot in the middle. I used fishing line to string them from a few branches and shaped them to look like ghost bats.

Here they are finished!

Nevermore Tree

Ghost Tree

What do you think?

What is the Fall Festival?
  • A blog party on Mondays during the autumn season
  • Autumn/Fall inspired DIY projects

How can I join?

  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button:
  • This week’s link to cut/paste is: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/09/fall-festival-week-2.html
  • I’ll be posting The DIY Show Off Fall Festival on Mondays and try to start the party sometime on the prior Sunday evening.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything autumn related and DIY is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link won’t be posted. 🙁
  • If you’ve been inspired by something you see here – show us what you did too!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
If you missed the Fall Festival last week with my faux-mercury glass pumpkins tutorial – it’s the first link in the party below!

There’s still time to participate in the Scavenger Hunt!
Check out the prize (something every DIYneeds)! Make new friends!

I’m linking to


Trash to Treasure Thursday (hey – sticks in your yard are trash!)

Susan’s Metamorphosis Monday on Between Naps on the Porch -head over for tons of links to great transformations!
Fall Nesting 2009 at The Inspired Room


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