Do you see anything scary about a brown paper bag? Most people don’t, but when you use it to make creepy Halloween décor, you’ll see that an ordinary brown paper bag can be eerie indeed! If you have some brown paper bags you can make assorted centerpieces and other decorations that won’t break the bank.
Lunch bag-size brown paper bags make the best spooky trees ever. Use a much larger bag to create a large Halloween centerpiece tree that can then be decorated how you wish. Set the finished trees on the table, mantle, shelves and other areas in the home. When Halloween is over you can simply throw the bag trees away or save them for next year.
Start by placing some type of weights in the bottom of the bag. Use a rock, some pebbles, dry beans or similar objects to keep the bag weighted. You don’t need to put much in the bag; just add enough to keep it from being easily knocked over.
After placing the weights in the bag twist it, just above the weights, once or twice. The bottom of the bag should be flat and able to stand on its own after it’s twisted. It’s okay if the “tree” leans as long as it doesn’t fall. continue twisting the bag until you’ve twisted it about halfway up.
Use scissors to cut strips into the bag, from the top, down. These will become the branches of the tree. Cut the bag so that you have three or four strips on each side. Twist each one of these, about halfway up, then cut tinier strips in each one, and twist them as well. The various twisted strips create tree branches and twigs that stem from the branches. When you’re done you should have a gnarled tree with branches that stretch out, this way and that. You can leave the tree in its present condition or you can spray paint it black for an even eerier look.
There are many ways to decorate the tree or decorate with the tree. Set a large tree as a centerpiece by hanging tissue ghosts from the branches. Or, set up a fake cemetery with the gnarled tree in the middle. The trees are so cheap and easy to make that you can just throw them away or save them for next year.