Spooky Tree Cars.

7 Materials
5 Minutes

Here’s a fun way to recycle your kids matchbox cars or use ones from your own collection. Turn them into Spooky Tree Cars. Perfect for hanging on the Halloween tree or displaying on the shelf.

Why not do this for every holiday? Christmas Tree Cars, Valentine Tree Cars and Easter Tree Cars. Use small palm trees or tiny luggage for summer travel cars.

This project is perfect for any sized toy car. Add additional details to customize your theme. A great way to recycle and create memories.

Don’t have any available? Most thrift stores have old ones. Want new? Visit Ebay, Etsy, Amazon, Target, Walmart or your favorite toy store.


-Match Box Cars

-Small Bottle Brush Trees

-Bakery Twine

-Craft Paint



-Hot Glue Gun

-Mod Podge 

-Other: Glitter, Gel Pens, Air Dry Clay

Step One

Apply hot glue to the top

of the car!

Step Two ( Photo A )

Attach the bottle brush tree.

Step Two ( Photo B )
Step Three ( Photo A )

Wrap bakery twine around

the car.

Step Three ( Photo B )
Step Four ( Photo A )

Tie a knot and bow.

Step Four ( Photo B )
Step Five ( Photo A )

Roll tiny balls from the clay, let dry. 

Add to the tree.

Step Five ( Photo B )
Step Six

Paint the balls. 

Add glitter to the tree with Mod Podge.


-Draw pumpkin faces onto the bottle brush tree base with gel pens or paint.

-Add tiny pumpkins or ghosts.

-Use mica flakes mixed with glitter.

-Add Halloween sequin confetti.

-Bleach your trees, then dye or spray paint to color of choice.

-Use mini boats or airplanes instead.

-Try bears or cutting up beaded party necklaces instead of clay beads.

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