Today’s project is one that I have been dying to share with you. Cozy enough to lay your bones, and elegant enough to take you to your otherworldly destination in style, this hearse carriage is just what you need this spooky season!
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I’ve been pining for a Disney trip lately, and if I have the Disney parks on my mind, then I often find myself making crafts that relate to them. Maybe this craft doesn’t seem like it relates to the parks; but, if you’re as big of a fan of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion as I am, then you’ll get it!
Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.
- Hot Glue
- Precision Craft Glue or a Glue Stick
- Lollipop Sticks
- Foam Tape (optional)
- Decorative Ribbon/Gems (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 of the hearse carriage.
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.
Assembling the Decorative Pieces
2. Layer together the decorative frames, the wheels, and the skeleton horse. I used foam tape with the layers of the horse to make it more 3-dimensional (and so it could stand on its own).
Assembling the Carriage
3. Attach the frame pieces to the two side pieces of the carriage. You can also add in some “curtains” using bits of large ribbon.
Take the roof piece and fold along the score lines. Attach the center tab to the top-middle of one of your side pieces. Then, work your way along each curved edge, attaching one or two little tabs at a time.
Affix the opposite side in the same manner. One of the sides will have a little piece that wraps around and attaches to the other side. This will be the front of the carriage.
Adhere the decorative, gold posts to each side of the carriage.
Assembling the Base
4. Take your two base pieces and fold along the score lines. Fold the sides upward and attach anywhere that are little tabs. You will be left with two “tray-shaped” rectangles.
On the bottom tray piece (the one with two rows of 4 cut lines), attach your 8 little black pieces that have a hole in them. The shorter ones will go in the back (closer to the edge). The longer ones will go in the front (further from the edge).
Attaching the Carriage to the Base
5. Assemble your grey seat by folding along the score lines and attaching the little tabs along the inside of each curved edge. Then, slip the little tabs on the bottom into the top base piece, near the front.
Slip the tabs of the main carriage section into the corresponding slits and attach.
Affix the bottom, tray piece to the underside (with the longer black pieces in the front).
Attaching the Wheels
6. Slide your lollipop sticks through the holes in the little black pieces. Attach the wheels to each end. The smaller wheels go in the front—the larger wheels in the back.
Use hot glue to add the little gold “hubcaps” to the ends to keep the wheels in place.
Attaching the Skeleton Horse
7. Attach the front portion of the “reins” to the neck of the horse (on both sides). Then, attach the other end to each side of the carriage.
Assembling the Coffin
8. Fold both the lid and base pieces along the score lines. Attach the little tabs to the inside walls of the box/lid. Glue the decorative, gold piece on top of the lid. Slide the coffin into the back of the hearse.
9. Add any finishing touches you so desire to adorn your hearse carriage! I added some decorative trim and a few little gems here and there.
Is it weird to say that designing and making a hearse was a labor of love? Because this project certainly felt that way. Like most of my 3D projects, this one took a fair bit of time to create, but I am really pleased with how well it all came together! I think I’m most in love with the textured black paper I used, though.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all 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 Halloween freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making this bewitchingly beautiful hearse carriage for yourself! And, as always, be sure to share your frightful results with me on Instagram.
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MarciaOctober 6, 2022 at 7:32 am (6 months ago)
What a wicked cool project! Thank you so much for always sharing!
MandeeOctober 6, 2022 at 10:45 am (6 months ago)
Thanks Marcia! I’m glad you like it. 🖤
Bianca BernardsOctober 6, 2022 at 11:45 am (6 months ago)
Super leuk project. heel erg bedankt
MandeeOctober 10, 2022 at 11:56 am (6 months ago)
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you like it!!
Sandy WOctober 6, 2022 at 6:34 pm (6 months ago)
You never cease to amaze me. Another great project. Love it
MandeeOctober 10, 2022 at 11:56 am (6 months ago)
Thanks so much Sandy! 😊
DianeOctober 7, 2022 at 1:44 am (6 months ago)
Thank you, Miss Mandee, I think this is a fantastic hearse. I think this would look good going through a spooky forest with tiny lighted lanterns on it. You do such wonderful work. Thanks again!
MandeeOctober 10, 2022 at 11:57 am (6 months ago)
Ooo, what a wonderful image! I’m glad you like the design. 🖤
BobbiOctober 7, 2022 at 6:55 pm (6 months ago)
love all your designs and appreciate your hard work to bring them to us, but I would really like a video to see just how you put some of the harder layered ones together, I know I’m asking a lot because you already work very hard on them, but I thought I would just through that out there. Thanks again
MandeeOctober 10, 2022 at 11:59 am (6 months ago)
Hi Bobbi! I actually just posted a short assembly video for this project on Instagram today. I hope to do a full-length tutorial on YouTube for this project, but time has been against me lately.
TuiOctober 21, 2022 at 3:18 pm (5 months ago)
Omg!! Your crafts are ridiculous!! “in a good way!” You’re amazing! I’m so glad to find your blog! You deserve all the success! Congrats
MandeeOctober 25, 2022 at 11:34 am (5 months ago)
Thank you so much Tui!! 😊