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

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  • Reply One Tough Mother October 12, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    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!

  • Reply Sarah October 12, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    You cease to amaze me Lowri!!! BRILLIANT!!!! I need one of those trees now 🙂

  • Reply Carin McDonough October 12, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    That is sooo cute, I just love your owls and the bats flying up the tree! 🙂

  • Reply Lisa's Passion to Scrap October 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM

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

  • Reply Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper October 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

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

  • Reply Sandy Ang October 13, 2011 at 12:20 AM

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

  • Reply Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage October 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    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

  • Reply Ann @ makethebestofthings October 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    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!

  • Reply Janna Werner October 14, 2011 at 8:53 PM


  • Reply curlyqmosaics October 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    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!

  • Reply HI THERE! October 16, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    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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