These gnarled, freestanding trees create a fitting backdrop for Halloween decorations, such as Salt Dough Ghosts or other tabletop ornaments. You can even turn the trees into goody bags by filling them with candy (in lieu of the pebble weights).
Cut off and discard the bottom of a medium-size brown grocery bag. Then slit open one side so you have a rectangle. Place a small beverage bottle on the center of it.
Gather the paper around the bottle and twist it around the neck. Snip down from the top to create several strips that will become limbs. Twist them to within 3 or 4 inches from the ends.
Snip the untwisted ends, as you did in step 2, and then twist them into finer branches.
Remove the bottle and fill the trunk with pebbles or other weights.
Retwist the trunk shut.