I love making things from common, everyday objects. This miniature Spooky Tree is made from a brown lunch size paper bag. If you would prefer a larger Spooky Tree as a centerpiece, you can use the grocery size brown paper bag. It may be fun to make several of the small ones and place them around your table with different displays at the base. I filled my paper bag with plastic pellets to give it some weight while I blended the center to make the trunk and the branches. Some may glue it to a cardboard base, but I find the plastic pellets to work well.
It’s always good to have a video to show you how it’s done:
There are many different techniques you can use. I prefer to lay out my brown paper lunch bag and cut 1 1/2 inch strips cutting the open double layer of the bag into strips.
Then I carefully open the bag and pour in some plastic pellets for weight before twisting the trunk of the tree. I have found it easier to put the pellets in before I cut my strips, but it works however you choose to do it. Some people have found it doesn’t need extra weight, but it is entirely up to you.
I twist two strips together and depending how many small branches I want, I’ll cut and twist these separately.
The fun thing is when your tree begins taking shape and you improvise the next step for the next branch. That way each spooky tree you make and each set of branches you create are all different.
It’s a fun project to do while watching television, listening to music, or just some down town when you want to relax for a few minutes.