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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2008 08:48:33 PM »

This is the coolest tree EVER.

I have plans of doing my Hallowe'en decor NEXT year as an Unseelie/Haunted Forest, and this is GREAT inspiration.  I even added your post to my blog (if you want me to take it down, I will.....but I thought other Haunters would HAVE to see your amazing tree!).

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« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2008 06:06:32 PM »

Crazy... thanks.

I have no idea where I'm going to store this thing.  I'm sort of a make-it-first-ask-questions-later kinda girl.  We just moved, and I'm not sure where I'm going to put it.  Maybe wrap it in plastic and put it in the garage??? I've managed to house a 7 foot papier mache giraffe over the last two moves, so I'll find room!
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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2008 09:18:38 AM »

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« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2008 09:14:01 PM »

Oh.My.Gosh. Wow. I am not worthy... Shocked

that is so sweet!
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« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2008 02:49:18 PM »

That's the best!!! We put up a Halloween tree in our house each year but it is typically a dead branch sprayed black and decorate with orange and purple lights and spooky bobbles. Something more like that but still with decoration would be a big step up! Thanks so much for sharing....*off to the office to sketch some pics*
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« Reply #25 on: August 20, 2008 12:26:00 PM »

This has to be one of the best Halloween decorations I've seen. Awwww, now I want one!
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« Reply #26 on: August 20, 2008 02:21:02 PM »

What a brilliant idea!! I hope you don't mind if I borrow the idea slightly for the halloween ghost trail at a museum where I volunteer? Last year I painted silhouettes on to the walls of 'spooky trees', but it'd be really nice to have some 3d ones...

Did you make a wire frame or something for it?
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« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2008 10:08:16 AM »

What's the easiest way to explain the frame....?

First I started with a piece of 1" plywood, I cut an irregular lumpy and bumpy circle out with a jig-saw.  This made the bottom of the tree.  I then wrapped the bottom edge of chicken wire fencing around the base, into all the nooks and crannies of my lumpy bumpy plywood circle, securing it with a staple gun. This make a big chicken-wire cylinder with a flat plywood bottom. I folded and creased the chicken wire to make the bigger grooves in the tree bark.  Then I stuffed that mama-jamma with balled up newspapers (How ironic, my sister noted, that I would use so much paper to make a tree.) and used packing tape/ masking tape/ duct tape to stabalize the trunk, then I added some layers of paper/fabric mache.

I used smaller tubes of chicken wire to make the branches and wired/ taped them onto the main tree trunk.  Then I covered the whole beast with more fabric mache, using the fabric to make the smaller wrinkles and folds in the tree bark.

That's about the jist of it.  Good luck with yours! Hopefully you have some help, cuz all those layers of mache really take time!
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« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2008 11:38:02 AM »

Doh, thanks for the pointers!! Smiley Doubt mine will look anywhere near as great as yours, as I don't think I'll have quite the same care and attention (due to lack of time! It's not easy filling a fort with spooky things... tis fun, though! ^_^)

If it's successful, though I'll post a pic!  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2008 07:04:21 AM »

Your tree is wonderful!  We love Halloween at our house, also, and have ove rthe past couple of years been trying to make some pieces rather than buy.  A tree might be out of our league, but it's terrific inspiration!  Thank you!!
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