Inspiring you to DIY this adorable spooky tree adorned with black crows for your Halloween front porch or decor using items that are cheap or free or that you already have, making this project really easy and (my favorite) budget friendly.
There once was a girl, in the dark woods, with a saw…..
And she cut branches to make some cute Halloween decor for her front porch!
This year I decided to go with a “Halloween Crow” theme for my front porch decor. And it all turned out so cute. Just enough to be kind of spooky, but not scare the neighborhood children too much.
First, I needed to find the perfect branch. Luckily where we live there is Scrub Oak so there is no shortage of spare branches. As I would take my daily walk around the neighborhood I would look for the perfect branch for this project.
Once I found it, my hubby and I went out with our saw at dusk and cut down that dead branch and took it home. Bless my husband for supporting my crazy.
We didn’t want to seem suspicious. Although, looking back I am sure going out at dusk armed with a saw and a flashlight we actually seemed slightly suspicious.
When we got home, the neighbors watched as we unloaded this dead “tree” from my car, wondering what the heck I was doing now. By now they should know that I am doing some kind of DIY. THIS is what I am doing.
This was going to be so perfect! Do you want to make one for your porch, too?
Here is what you will need:
- Fairy lights
- Pot or basket
- Paper bags or little boxes
- Blanket, shawl or table runner
- Hot glue gun/glue sticks
How to DIY a Spooky Black Crow Tree:
- Order your crows. I ordered these and I also ordered these, which gave me enough for the tree and my DIY wreath.
- Get your tree. Find yourself a nice set of (preferably dead) branches for your tree from a nearby field or woods and cut down. You will want to be sure that the branches don’t have any leaves on them and they leave room for your crows to sit on. If you can’t find one solid set of branches, you can cut several and put them together in your pot to make it look like one big branch, making some longer than the others. The more spread out and asymmetrical they are , the more spooky the shape of the “tree”. Mine were dead already so they were perfect for this project. You can also get branches at Hobby Lobby if you can’t find any near you.
- Set your pot or basket for your tree in place.
- Once set in place, add paper bags or boxes stuffed into your pot to support the tree and make it sturdy and able to stand in one place. You may need to prop it up. I placed mine in a box and set it in the pot, then used bags and boxes to help support it.
- Cover with your blanket, shawl or table runner. Tuck it in place and drape it over the edges of your container. I used a blanket scarf that I already had from previous holiday table decor for this. You could also use black fabric with webbing to make it spookier.
- Add your fairy lights to the tree. Adding spider webbing with little spiders could be fun, too!
- Add your favorite crows to the branches using the wire already attached to the crows’ feet. If you need some extra hold, use your hot glue gun to glue in place.
- Add some battery-powered candles with a timer in various sizes on top of the blanket/scarf to give a soft glow in the evening.
- Adding more candles in a window sill inside gives the illusion of more when you enter my home. I placed them at various heights to add some whimsy.
I hope this inspired you to use black crows in your decorating this year! This turned out so cute and I love that it was practically free. Paired with my DIY black crow wreath and .97 black cat, it is just enough decor for my porch. Not too much and not too little. To note, last year we had four trick-or-treaters. Not four groups. FOUR. So this is just enough for me!