When my mom lost her Contorted Filbert tree in her backyard, she asked me if I wanted the branches. Of course, I jumped at the chance to take the naturally twisty branches. I knew I would find some kind of purpose to use them for. I recently had to create a Halloween mantel, and I knew they would be the perfect addition to make spray painted spooky Halloween decor out of! I used my HomeRight Super Finish Max paint sprayer to easily paint them and give them their creepy look.
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The Contorted Filbert, aka Harry Launder’s Walking Stick, aka European Filbert is a really cool shrub that has super twisty and misshapen branches. They can grow to about 10 feet tall where I am, but often times die before they get any bigger.
I used my HomeRight Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer and black craft paint to help transform my ordinary branches into spooky trees.
It made it easy to paint the branches, because I could tip the sprayer to get in all of the hidden crevices and places that were oddly-shaped.
I turned the branches over a few times to make sure I covered the entire thing. It was also helpful to adjust the nozzle to use a smaller spray pattern, so there isn’t a ton of paint waste with overspray.
While I was waiting for my branches to dry, I decided to try painting some small pumpkins.
They actually turned out kind of cool. If I was going to leave them outside, I would actually paint with an outdoor paint instead of a craft paint.
The branches were the perfect addition and it was easy to make spray painted Halloween decor! To get the branches to stand, I assembled the branches by screwing painted craft squares into the base with a screw.
If you want to see the entire mantel you can see this post here.
This post is sponsored by HomeRight, opinions are entirely my own.