Halloween "Spooky Tree" - Echo Park

Hi Everyone 

A few more Halloween ideas using the fabulous Apothecary Emporium Collection from Echo Park today.

I bought this Kaisercraft Modern Tree and set it aside for Christmas but I could not pass up the opportunity to make it into a “spooky tree” as my kids have called it!

I painted the whole piece with 2 coats of black acrylic paint and then laid the Black Magic (reverse) pattered paper over the tree in sections and glued it on. Using a very sharp knife I then cut around the branches and sanded the edges of the paper with a fine grit sandpaper. Would you believe I covered the whole tree in one piece of paper!

Now comes the fun part – decorating! This little banner was made using a pennant die – but you could easily just cut triangles of paper. The easiest way to do this is to make a little template from cardboard (two pieces of cereal box glued together is about the right weight) and then just cut around the template on your paper with a knife. This way is a lot quicker than tracing and cutting individual shapes, and works very well for simple shapes and straight lines.
I created some dimension by mounting the layers with 3-d foam and created the end “flags” using pieces from the Element Stickers. I love the way these little pumpkins look on top of one another!

I raided my plain chipboard stash for these little additional decorations but you could make them yourself very easily using a manual or electronic die-cutting machine OR often I search online for outline drawings, print them onto patterned paper and cut them out. I painted the raw edges of the chipboard black before covering them with scraps of paper and once again, cut around the edges with a super sharp knife. The Owls are from Scrapware and the crow was from an old pack of Scenic Route birds.

The owl eyes were made using 2 different sized hole punches. Adhere your scrap of paper to double-sided adhesive paper and punch your smaller hole. Then – simply punch a larger hole around that and you have an eye. If you get them a bit off centre by accident – it just means you can give your creatures a more fun expression!

I have one more Halloween post to share tomorrow. Please post a comment with any questions

Lowri :-)

I am linking up this project to these websites here


  1. I love this so much! It's fabulous! I'd love for you to link up to {Not So} Tough Tuesday's on One Tough Mother - going on until Wednesday at midnight.


    Hope to see you there!

  2. You cease to amaze me Lowri!!! BRILLIANT!!!! I need one of those trees now :)

  3. That is sooo cute, I just love your owls and the bats flying up the tree! :)

  4. WOW Lowri, this looks amazing! I see you got your hands on the pennant die you were looking for!

  5. Wow, that is awesome. I hope you will link this up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

  6. How amazing ! Love all the details on the owls and bats

  7. This is FAB! I did something similar with old keys and a flocked wire tree from Kohl's!

    Now Following!

    I'm hosting a fab give-a-way on my blog! Hope you'll pop over and enter!


    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  8. LOVE what you've done with this tree! Very striking and once Halloween is over you can change up so easily. And judging by this, stylishly. Very nice!

  9. I am going nuts on your spooky tree! It is the cutest freakin' Halloween decoration I have seen! I love the birds & the owls. You are so meticulous with your cutting skills, gorgeous work!

  10. I just love this paper line and you are one amazing designer! Thanks so much for linking up again to The Creative Spark - featuring this later today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Jenn :)


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