It doesn’t have to cost much to add a creepy, fun Halloween decoration to your party. Sometimes the simplest things make a big impact! I couple of years ago, I was playing around with some craft supplies I had and came up with this fun, easy and ghoulish decoration. I’ve had it on the food table, mantel, entry table, in the bathroom and on the dining room table. It’s been all over the house!
How to Make a Halloween Feather Tree
- 12″ foam cone (you can use any size you want but the sample is 12″. Just adjust the amount of Marabou.)
- 2- 1 yard packages of crafting Marabou Trim or (1) 6 ft. 18 gram boa in black (or your color choice)
- 4″ to 6″ Stuffed Raven prop
- Floral Pins (“U” shaped)
- Embellishments (eye balls, charms, mini skulls, mini pumpkins, skeleton garland, etc…)
Some embellishments might include:
1. Unwrap your cone and the boas from the cards.
2. Starting at the bottom (wide part) of the cone, place a floral pin to hold the end of the first boa to the cone. Wrap the boa a few more times and then secure again with a floral pin.
3. Continue wrapping tightly but not each wrap not too close together. The feathers will spread to cover the white of the cone so it is not necessary to have the wraps directly beside each other. Continue until you come to the end of the first boa.
4. Now you want to tie the end of the first boa to the beginning of the second boa and then secure the knot to the cone with a floral pin.
5. Finish pinning this boa to the cone as before. At the top, you can use a little hot glue to hold the end in place or just the pins, whichever works best for you. Fluff the feathers to make sure the pins are hidden.
6. Now you just decorate the tree with the embellishments you have chosen. I have used a variety of things but have photos of the eye ball tree and the charms tree.
To make the eye ball tree, I used pre-made foam eye balls. Take a toothpick and push it into the cone in a spot you want an eyeball. Carefully push the foam eyeball onto the other end of the toothpick. Continue until it is as full of eyeballs as you like. You can even use glow in the dark rubber eyeballs for a really eerie effect!
For the charm tree, I bought charms from the jewelry making section of a craft store. Then, I used an eye pin to attach it to the charm and stuck it in the foam.
7. The finishing touch — Place your Raven on top of the tree. Mine came with wire sticking out from both feet. I pushed the wires into the cone to stabilize the bird.
Quick and easy decorations for Halloween! Just the way I like them.
How about you?