DIY Halloween Mantle Trees Craft

Mantle Trees

In our previous post, we detailed decorations for a do-it-yourself Halloween themed mantle. To keep up the holiday spirit this fall, we’re going to keep it going, Halloween DIY style!

Today we’re showcasing a “spook-tacular” DIY project for your Halloween décor. We love to incorporate party supplies into our holiday decorating and these two creations do that “boo-tifully.” Ruffled crepe paper streamers transform ordinary die cut shapes and paper maché cones into unique Halloween pieces.

Ruffled Tree Trio

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This Ruffled Tree Trio basically uses the same ruffling process as the boo banner. Pre-printed die cut circles are the perfect base for ruffled edges and a glue stick is all you need to adhere the crepe paper down.

The ruffling process is not complicated. First, apply glue along the edge of a small section of the circle. Next, place streamer onto glue and while moving around edge use a combination of scrunching and gathering to create the desired ruffle effect. TIP: periodically turn circle over and check for ruffle length evenness. Again, a glue stick is all you need to adhere the crepe paper to the cone.

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If the local craft store does not carry paper maché cones construct them with semi-circles of poster board. For a how-to tutorial, go here.

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Begin each tree by gluing a length of streamer cut in half to the bottom edge of the cone. This strip keeps the brown paper maché from peeking through the lowest ruffle. Next, make a pencil mark every 7/8” towards the top of the cone. Rotate the cone a quarter turn and repeat this process until there are four sets of marks running up the cone.

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Using the same scrunch and gather method from the banner, cover the cone with layers of ruffles making sure to keep ruffle rings straight by matching corresponding pencil marks.

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Be sure to look at how we used these decor pieces to decorate a Halloween themed fireplace mantle and for all your Halloween party, costume and décor needs. Show us your cool and boo-tiful pics with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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