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« on: October 12, 2007 08:32:17 AM »

This is my favorite project I've ever made.  I've been crafting for years, but I've really just started being able to create things from scratch or come up with my own ideas (not a pattern!) and run with it.  This project has insipred me to go beyond all that. In short, I really like it!

My camera's broken so these are crappy cell phone pics.

You will need:
About a dozen wire hangers
A wooden base
Black spray paint
Crafter's moss
Artificial leaves
Glue Gun
Staple gun
Any other spooky elements you want to add

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I started with about a dozen wire hangers.  I wrestled the twisty ends off and straightened them.  You'll notice, if you have a lot of different hangers, there will be some that are very thick and others that bend easily.  I separated one of those that bent easily and gathered the rest together.  About a third a way from the bottom, I began twisting the odd hanger around the others to create a bundle for the trunk.  I then bent the tops to look like branches and the bottoms for roots.  It helps if you kind of stagger the bundle so some branches / roots are longer or shorter than others.

Next, I pulled out my trusty staple gun and stapled the roots to the wooden base.  I trimmed the ends of the roots that stuck out over the edge.  I took some artificial autumn leaves and glue gunned them to the various places on the tree.  It helps to glue them on before so the glue doesn't stand out so much after the finished project.

I took the whole contraption outside, placed it on some newpaper, and sprayed it all with black paint.  I also sprayed the remaining leaves so if any fell off or I thought I need more later I could just add them as I pleased.

I took everything inside and pulled out the moss.  I glue gunned it down so it basically stayed in place, making sure some was over the edge so it didn't all seem neatly placed.  Finally, I glue gunned two ravens to the tree and added some neat Halloween ornaments that I had lying around.  It would look cool without the ornaments though.  Hopefuly I'll have better pictures eventually because these don't show it as nice as it really is.

The branches:


A view from above:


The base:

Let me know what you all think!
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2007 08:43:28 AM »

what a great centerpiece!  I love all of the items you put in the tree.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2007 04:20:39 PM »

Cool!  The ravens are the perfect touch.  Thank you for sharing the how-to!
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2007 11:52:36 PM »

It looks really great!  And how very awesome of you to share how you made it!
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