How to make a haunted tree decoration

Making a DIY Halloween Candelabra is super easy and cheap to make! Halloween is hands down one of my favorite times of the year – I talked about it last year when I wondered if JP hated dressing up in a costume. BTW – I’m thinking this year will be different because he picked out his own costume, and he’s actually excited to wear it – so it all remains to be seen.

I decided to make a halloween candelabra after spotting a similar product on Zulily one day – but I just can’t justify spending 40 bucks on a once-a-year halloween candelabra. Making one seemed alot more within my price range! Here’s what I used:

  • 1 decorative natural wood base
  • 1 long 1/4″ natural wood dowel
  • Flower arranging wire
  • 6 glass votive candle holders
  • Fine black glitter
  • Black glossy spray paint
  • 1 package of coffin candy (found at the Dollar Tree)
  • Decorative spiders
  • Decorative skulls

First things first, I cut the dowel to the appropriate length I wanted because I didn’t want it to be too tall.

Wooden Dowel

 Then I drilled some holes in both the base and the dowel and secured them together with a screw.

Wooden dowel

 Once you have that secured, you can begin wrapping the pole to create your spooky dead tree. I started by making the branches that hold the votive glasses. I cut 6 pieces of wire by doubling the length of the pole and adding an extra 10″. I wrapped each wire around the lip of the glass candle holder to make sure it has a secure grip.

Florist wire

Then using a long pre-cut wire, I twisted and arranged these around the wooden base as I saw fit. This is the fun part – you get to decide what the shape of your tree will look like, be creative!

Once I had all my branches looking as I wanted them to, it was time to spray paint them! Before it completely dried, I made sure to sprinkle some black glitter all over it, to shine it up.

I found these little tombstones at the Dollar Tree sold as candy – So I got some to spraypaint!

I also added some spiders and some skulls for extra effects.

A little bit of spooky fabric, some spanish moss and a few dollar store knick knacks!


Hi, I’m Jayna a newborn & baby photographer – (, mom of 2 and a recipe critic. I live in the suburbs of north Dallas near Plano, Texas with my husband of 13 years, our kids and our hairless dog. I love being creative, drinking coffee, pinning on pinterest and whipping up new dessert recipes. Creator of digital backdrops for newborn photographers in the etsy shop Connect with me, I’d love to hear from you!





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Awesome job on your Halloween tree! & Sharing the how to. Come by & link up sometime. I am a new follower & following on twitter. Have a great day!


Ohhh! I love this! You are so creative! What a great piece 🙂


Thanks! Now I bet you understand why I’ve been sneezing black glitter!

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