DIY Halloween Tree

4 Materials
1 Hour

Want to buy a cool dark tree for Halloween? But don’t want to spend a ton of money? Then I have a quick and easy solution.

Just grab a can of black spray paint and an green Christmas tree. I’m sure you have an extra one somewhere. If not you can thrift one or search online for an inexpensive one. 

The possibilities are endless when you have a can or two of spray paint. Scroll down and let’s get started. 


-Green Christmas Tree 

( 5ft, 6ft or size of choice)

-Black Multi Surface Spray Paint & Primer ( Make sure it’s for indoor/outdoor use. Buy 2 cans)

-1-2 Strands Outdoor Lights

-Outdoor Ornaments 

-Other: Face mask, old sheet or cardboard.  ( For spraying the tree )

Step One

Assemble and fluff the green Christmas tree. Then place on an old sheet or cardboard. 

Step Two

Begin spraying the tree. Start with a light first coat, let dry. 

( See next 3 photos )

Step Three

Spray a second coat and a third if needed. Let dry between each coat. Fill in any areas that are still green.

( See additional 2 photos ) 

Step Four

Wire your lights onto the tree, add decorations and place where you like.


I had an old green 5 foot tree that was in need of a facelift. So it was the perfect base for this project. I used about 1 1/2 cans of spray paint for this tree. Remember no two trees are alike. So having extra spray paint is always a good idea. 

For my lights, I used indoor/outdoor orange lights from Home Depot. But I’ve also purchased inexpensive lights from Target and Walmart. All priced from $2.49-4.95 a pack. 

The ornaments were from both Dollar Tree and Walmart. All $1.00 to 1.98 each. 

You could comb thrift stores, flea markets or other venues for inexpensive materials to build your tree.

Stay tuned for my old branch Halloween tree project. Perfect for indoor or outdoor decorating.



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  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Sep 30, 2021

    Since an “evergreen” is used to symbolize Jesus’ birth and later resurrection, and black is symbolic of death and Halloween is all about death and unsettled souls-

    how’s about Orange and not Black?


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  • Donna Donna on Oct 01, 2021

    I'm from the UK... And not alot of people decorate their doorways for fall and usually wait till a few nights before to decorate for Halloween .... I want to do my display now! when do you guys typically put up decorations for fall.... Thankyou

    • Lisa Kettell Lisa Kettell on Oct 12, 2021

      Hi Donna, Thanks for reaching out. I usually start earlier then most. I begin the 2nd week of September because I decorate all over the house and out. My neighborhood starts around the first week of October. You can see all my holiday posts on my IG!

  • Not EPA Not EPA on Oct 09, 2021

    Now that’s a worthy Halloween project. Good inspiration. Great project.