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After finishing my last minute rustic Halloween twig wreath, I had quite a few fake bats and twigs left over. Rather than let them go to waste, I decided to make another last minute Halloween decoration.
I mean, who doesn’t need a bunch of last minute Halloween decorating ideas to fall back on when they forget the holiday?.
After a bit of experimentation, I came up with this creepy Halloween branch jar that can be made in under 15 minutes!
How to make your own cheap & easy DIY Halloween jar
To make your rustic Halloween jar, you will need:
- A number of thick branches gathered from a park or backyard. Look for branches that twist and turn in cool ways. The exact number will depend on the size of your jar. I used seven branches in total.
- A few small pinecones, gathered from a park or backyard.
- Fake bats. If you can’t find a packet of fake bats, you can follow step one of this post to make your own.
- Fake cobweb with spiders.
- Copper wire string lights.
- Clear string.
- A jar with a somewhat wide opening (so you can get the pinecones in). Target have a great range of affordable jars that would work well for this project (such as this jar).
Step 1: Assemble your jar
The first step in making your creepy DIY Halloween jar is to arrange your branches in the jar.
Begin by putting a few pinecones at the bottom of the jar. Three or four small pinecones should be enough. You don’t want to completely cover the bottom of the jar, as then you’ll have trouble getting your branches in.
Once your pinecones are in your jar, add your branches. There’s no real hard and fast rule about how best to do this – just shuffle them around until you get a look you personally like.
Step 2: Add bats and spiders to your DIY Halloween jar
Once the branches are in, the next step is to add your bats and spiders.
Using clear string, tie a knot around your bats and spiders. Clear string tends to be kind of slippery, so you might need to tie two or three tight knots around each bat/spider to ensure they stay tied.
Next, tie each bat/spider to a branch in your jar. Snip off excess thread as you go.
Step 3: Add twinkle lights to your DIY Halloween decoration
The second last step in creating your own rustic Halloween jar is to add some pretty twinkle lights.
Can I just pause to say that this is probably my favourite part of the project? Because, damn, I do love twinkle lights!
Grab some twinkle lights. For your Halloween jar, I recommend using lights that are strung up on bendable wire, like these, as the bendable wire makes it way easier to get the lights exactly where you want them.
Weave your lights in and around all of your branches, looping them around some branches to help them stay in position. I find it helps to do this step with the lights switched on, as it’s much easier to see which areas need more or less lights this way.
Step 4: Add cobwebs to your rustic Halloween vase
The final step is adding fake cobwebs (like these) to your jar. Stretch the cobwebs out, then drape them on and around all of the twigs. If you like, you can keep the lights on during this step as well to make sure none of the web obstructs the view.
And with that, your easy DIY Halloween jar is complete!
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