Hello! I am so excited to be here for my first official post on the Treetopia blog! If you don’t know, my name is Kara, and I am the creative behind A Kailo Chic Life. I am so excited to share a few of my favorite trees decorated for all the holidays in the next few months. But first, let’s talk all things Halloween! While I love the traditional orange and black of Halloween decorations, the last few years I have started to incorporate more colors into my Halloween decorations. This year I went all out with all the colors but kept the theme of Halloween pumpkins, bats, ghosts, and spiders.
Of course, I decided to decorate one of Treetopia’s orange Christmas trees for Halloween, but that didn’t keep me in the traditional color palette at all! Instead, I created a DIY colorful Halloween tree full of a rainbow of flying bats, balloon Jack o’ Lanterns, and black and white striped ribbon. Bats, pumpkins, and disco balls? Oh my!
Now you may notice that not one of the things I used to decorate this tree was an actual traditional ornament. And all were actually fairly inexpensive too. I point this out to say that you don’t need much to create something amazing and perfect for any holiday.
But before I go into details about how I decked out this orange Christmas tree for Halloween, let’s talk about setting up the tree and getting the perfect fluff!
To begin, set up the base for the tree to sit in, then follow the number tags on your tree and add the largest base piece, then the middle section, then the top. Before fluffing your tree, use this opportunity to connect all the lights if your tree is a pre-lit one. It makes it much easier to do that step now while you can still see beyond the branches!
Once the pieces are in place, it is time to fluff the orange tree. I like to start at the bottom and work my way up to the top. I begin by taking one branch section at a time and folding 3 to 4 individual branch pieces from the top up and towards the back, then I take 3 to 4 from the bottom and fold them down and to each side. Then I spread out the remaining branches in the middle facing out.
As you can see above in the middle branch, the shape almost resembles a star shape. Once I finish with one branch cluster, I move on to the next and repeat all the way around the tree. Then I slowly move up the tree fluffing each branch as I go. The last step is to take a look for any gaps, then simply bend a few branches to fill those in. Once the tree is fluffed, it’s time to decorate!
For this tree, I wanted it to be colorful and fun but still give off the air of Halloween. I began by loosely tucking in black and white striped ribbon into sections of the tree letting them stick out as I worked my way around and down the tree.
Next, I added in the large 6-inch disco balls, then the balloon pumpkins. For these, I used 5-inch balloons and tied them together in clusters of 3. Then I simply tucked them into the tree and bent a branch around the balloon knot to keep it secure. Once all the balloons were in place, I took a black permanent marker and drew on the pumpkin faces to a few of the balloons. The finishing touches were colorful bats that I cut out of cardstock using my vinyl cutter. But you can also hand cut these fairly easily too. I used glue dots to adhere the bats to the tree branches and balloons.
And that’s it! Simple, colorful, and oh so fun! This DIY colorful Halloween tree is the focal point of my living room now and is one of my favorite ways to decorate for Halloween.