Welcome to the 194th Metamorphosis Monday! So, tell me! How was your weekend? It was really pretty here in Georgia, perfect fall weather. I’ve been finishing up some last-minute decorating on my porch…I’ll be sharing that soon.
A few days ago for Tablescape Thursday, I shared a fun Halloween inspired table setting with a crow tree centerpiece.
For Metamorphosis Monday I’m sharing the details of how this centerpiece is made, in case you would like to make one, too.
I started by gathering some fallen branches from the yard. I have a River Birch in my front yard that continually drops branches, much to my dismay, but it did come in handy for this project.
I was inspired by the white Aspen branches currently for sale at Pottery Barn. (photo below from Pottery Barn online)
I started to spray the branches with white spray paint but I wanted to have a little more control over how white the branches turned out. I didn’t want them to be too stark, preferred a softer white with even a bit of the branch showing through. I painted the branches using a sponge brush and occasionally I wiped a little back off to make it a softer white color. The paint was some I had left over from making a wood flag for the 4th of July. I added a small amount of water to the paint to keep it from being too, too white.
I sprayed a glass pickle jar with Krylon’s Glass Frosting spray, the same spray I used to make the Halloween lantern shown below. (You’ll find the tutorial for the lantern in this post: Make a Frosted Halloween Lantern)
Instead of making a silhouette design on the glass jar as I had for the lantern, this time I just sprayed the whole outside of the jar since I didn’t want to be able to see through it. Once the jar was dry, I added a small amount of kitty littler in the bottom.
I stuck the branches down into the jar and using a small measuring cup, I continued adding more kitty litter until the litter was near the top. As I added the litter, I occasionally re-positioned the branches, arranging them to create a nice tree-shaped centerpiece.
You can see in this picture how the jar looked after it was fully painted on the outside with the frosting spray. Initially, I had just planned to spray the jar with the frosting spray to hide the ends of the branches (and litter) from view, but once I had it inside the larger birdie container, I still didn’t like the way it looked. So I decided the do something a little different…more on that in a sec.
The birdie silhouette container is one I found on sale in Marshall’s several months ago. I thought it might come in handy for Halloween but wasn’t sure exactly how I’d use it when I first purchased it. I had no idea I’d be creating a crow tree. Sometimes things just work out…amazing when that happens!
Once I had the branches surrounded by kitty litter, they were nice and stable and stayed right where I had them. Next, I began attaching dollar store crows to the branches. The crows were small and the perfect size for the tree. They had tiny wires coming out of their feet making it easy to attach them to the branches.
I had a couple of crows that kept falling over, so I used a pinch of museum wax behind their feet to hold them in place. You may remember when I used museum wax previously in this post: Museum Wax to the Rescue.
I purchased some glittery, black, leaf-garland from Michael’s and pulled the leaves loose from the center strand to which they were attached. I didn’t intentionally buy garland with glitter…that was just all they had in the location I was in. It added a little sparkle to the centerpiece.
The River Birch branches have lots and lots of little nubs/buds all over them.
When I pulled the leaves off the plastic center strand, there was a small hole where the leaf stem had attached to the center strand. I used that hole to attach the leaves to my branches. The hole fit right over the nubs/buds on the River Birch branches. Pretty cool how that worked! It made attaching the leaves really easy. If the branches you use do not have little buds/nubs all over them, or if your leaf stems don’t have little rings/holes like mine did, you may need to attach your leaves with a drop of hot glue. I’m sure that would work well, too.
Attaching the crows and the leaves went very quickly and was fun! I also attached a few of the open-winged crows I found at Michael’s. They were a little bigger but looked great on the tree.
I still wasn’t too happy with how the jar looked inside the birdie silhouette container. I wanted to hide it and I knew I needed to use something that would show off the silhouette design on the container.
So, I took some of the faux spider web “stuff” and stretched it out to make it fluffy. Then I tucked it down inside between the frosted jar and the outside of the birdie container. This part was sort of challenging because the spider web stuff kept sticking to every tiny rough spot on my hands. Arrgggg…about drove me nuts! I eventually took a fork from the table and used it to sort of poke it down in there. Frankly, I could have done a better job.
Tip: I discovered as I worked, the more you pull the spider web stuff apart, the better it looks. So if you do make one of these, stretch the spider web stuff out really thin before you tuck it down inside or attach it to the tree.
I also stretched the spider web upward, attaching it to the little nubs sticking out on the lower part of the branches. Again, it probably would look even better/more realistic if it was stretched out a bit thinner. I didn’t do this, but you could add a bit of spider web to the branches higher up in the tree for an even spookier looking tree. If you do, just be super careful to not break the branches as you’re tugging on them. The thinner you spread the web stuff, the better.
An open-winged crow perched on the edge of the vase adds a fun touch. I scattered a few of the left over garland leaves around on the table at the base of the tree.
So that’s it! This was really a fun, easy, inexpensive decoration to make! If you have any questions, just let me know and I’ll be happy to answer. View this tablescape in full here: Halloween Tablescape with a Crow Tree Centerpiece
Looking forward to the wonderful “Before and “Afters” for this Metamorphosis Monday!
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