DIY Halloween Tree

Lisa Kettell
by Lisa Kettell
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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  • Julie Brodie Julie Brodie on Aug 09, 2022

    Oh I have so many Christmas trees - imma colour some this year, thank you for great idea!

  • Mamabear318 Mamabear318 on Aug 09, 2022

    Why did you assemble the tree first. Would it not have been easier to spray the individual branches then assemble. I opted to buy a black tree on marketplace but have spray painted many of the Dollar tree mini trees. Key is quality spray paint

  • Marcia Marcia on Sep 25, 2022

    Can you spray the branches before putting them in the holes it seems much easier?

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  • Ann Ann on Sep 26, 2022

    I got a white tree and turned it into a candy corn tree. I used a ton of paint cans and even left the top white! I don’t know how you could paint a whole tree with only two cans.

    • Lisa Kettell Lisa Kettell on Sep 26, 2022

      Great idea with your tree. For this tree, it was a regular dark green Christmas tree, so 2 cans of black spray paint with built in primer did the trick for this size tree. However the bigger and wider the tree ( more branches ), then definitely more spray paint.

  • Ann Ann on Sep 26, 2022

    Finished tree.