Learn how to create a larger-than-mat spooky tree Halloween decoration for your wall using free SVGs!
Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday!
Putting on a costume and hosting a theme party in my highly-decorated house is something I look forward to all year. Most other countries don’t celebrate Halloween like American’s do, so our yearly party was really special and something our friends anticipated every year.
I’ll teach you how to make a wall decoration that you can use every year.
The spooky Halloween tree uses only two sheets of black poster board, which usually cost only $1 each. There are also free witch and bat SVGs to download, which you can use to make a banner or fly around the creepy tree.
Materials needed to make this spooky tree Halloween wall decoration:
- Cricut Maker, Explore, or other cutting machine
- Two sheets of black posterboard (22 x 28 inches)
- One piece of holographic cardstock (for the tree’s face)
- 12×24 inch Cricut brand mat (I discovered why you shouldn’t use copies from Amazon; read about it below)
- Blue painters tape
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Prepare the Materials
1) Cut the poster board to fit the long mats, as shown below. It will be 12 inches wide and 22 inches long.
2) Place the poster board on a sticky blue cardstock mat, or a not-as-sticky green mat.
Important Note: I bought a non-Cricut mat to test, and it did not work.
Why didn’t it work? The Maker 3 runs the mat all of the way through the machine, checking the entire mat. Since the non-Cricut mat is just a tiny little bit shorter, I got an error message that said it needed a longer mat to cut the project (even though the project only uses 22 inches of the 24 inch mat.)
How to Use the free Halloween SVG in Cricut Design Space
3) Download the free Halloween Spooky Tree SVG file from the Free Files Folder. It’s Design #52.
4) Unzip the file. Upload the SVG file to Design Space.
5) Add the image to your canvas.
6) Ungroup the SVG.
7) The file is designed so that each part of the tree will fit on the poster board. Attach each part together, so that they will not be rearranged automatically when you preview and cut the tree out.
8) See how I didn’t attach the face group? That just means that these pieces will cut closer together to use less material. I can just eyeball the spacing when I stick them on the tree on the wall.
9) Click on the green “Make it” button.
10) You’ll see the preview on the 12×24 inch mat. The SVG is very close to 22 inches long, so make sure the material is placed on the mat correctly.
11) Choose “Poster Board” from the list of materials. Note: The poster board that I bought cut well with just one pass, so be sure to pause your machine and check the cut after the first pass.
12) Load your mat and cut out the tree.
13) Carefully remove the tree from the mat. Do NOT peel the paper off of the mat – that’s a sure way to tear the branches off. You want to lay the mat and paper facedown on your table. Then, peel the mat away from the spooky tree.
14) Cut the spooky face out of a different paper. I used a holographic green cardstock, which looks very creepy and cool! This is a similar holographic pack of cardstock.
Put the Spooky Tree on the Wall
15) Lay all of the pieces out on the floor, so you can easily see how it goes together.
16) Flip all of the pieces over. Put a small piece of rolled-up tape on each branch. I used blue painter’s tape so it would come off both the wall and the poster board easily.
17) Tape all of the pieces to the wall, slightly overlapping the branches at the seams.
18) Tape the spooky face on the tree.
Bonus Bats and Witches Flying
I thought that my wall still looked a little plain (mainly because we don’t have any other Halloween decorations up quite yet.)
Bats and witches flying around the tree are just what we need!
I adjusted the Bats and Witches Banner SVG that I created last year to use another half sheet of poster board.
If you’d like to add the bats and witches, download Design #15 from the Free Files Folder.
You could also use Cricut window cling for an amazing window decoration.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Ready to download the free SVG or printable? Head over to the 📂 Free Files Folder and enter the ✨ magic word. ✨ (If you don’t have the magic word, just fill in the form below first.)
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