Let’s keep the creepy crafts coming! I have been working hard on my latest Halloween design, and I am thrilled to be sharing it with all you devilishly delightful people today. All aboard you ghosts and goblins! This 3D haunted train is leaving the station.
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Not only is this train fiendishly fun, but it gets even spookier when you turn out the lights…
Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.
- Hot Glue
- Foam Tape (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces to your 3D haunted train.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
3. Start by layering all of your decorative pieces together.
Glue the vellum windows to the inside of the train car pieces. Also glue the little ghosts to the inside.
Assembling the Locomotive
3. Curl the front tube, and glue the long edge to the inside. Then, slip the four back tabs inside the corresponding slits in the front cabin wall.
Next, attach the two decorative, silver bat pieces around the tube. Then, assemble the little smokebox by folding the little sliver and black pieces, and gluing their tabs to the inside edge(s). Then, slip the black piece inside the silver piece like so.
Glue the smokebox to the top of the cylinder and the layer, round piece to the front. Add in the little ghost and bats inside the smokebox.
4. Before assembling the rectangular, silver base, slip the bottom tabs of the cabin inside the corresponding slits and glue them down. Then, assemble the base.
Fold the little triangular piece, and attach it to the cowcatcher. Assemble one of the little, black boxes. Attach three wheels (a large, medium, and small one) to each of the black bar pieces.
With all those pieces assembled, glue the little black box underneath the base. Then, attach the cowcatcher to the front of the train. Lastly, attach your wheels to both sides.
Assembling the Carriages
5. Fold and assemble each of the red roof pieces. The smaller one goes to the little carriage on the main locomotive.
Note: I altered the design of these pieces slightly, in order to be able to remove them and put tea lights inside the train cars more easily. So, don’t glue the tabs inside the roof pieces, just slip the tabs into the slots.
Fold and assemble the two carriage cars, along with the other two small, black boxes. Attach the red roof pieces to the top, and glue the black boxes underneath.
Next, attach the wheels: two to each side that has windows.
Lastly, attach the little black strips underneath the carriages, and connect them together.
Creating a 3D train has been an idea I’ve had for a while, but making it Halloween-themed was even more fun than I thought it would be! All those little bats just make me so happy. And the ghosts in the windows—to “die” for!
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting my 3D haunted train together. And don’t forget to share your eerie finished project with me on Instagram!
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