I guess if I have to give up my hot summer sun, I deserve a good holiday to look forward to! I love Halloween! It is so fun to decorate for. I was a little too happy about the way this DIY haunted house project turned out.
Mostly because it was so easy- but also because my teenage daughter liked it. My teenage daughter likes NOTHING. And especially the crafts that I do. So there you have it- the seal of approval from a picky 16 year old!
Supplies needed to make your own DIY haunted house:
- 8.5 inch Paper Mache House
- Silicone Halloween Lights (20 bulb size)
- Halloween Craft Dies (bat shape)
- LED Battery Powered Votive Candle
- Black Craft Wire (26 gauge)
- Mini Black Cat
- Mini Jack-O-Lantern
- Black Chalkboard Paint
- Yellow Vellum (or color Core’dinations Vellum Paper)
- Hot Glue/Glue Gun
Starting with the cord in the back of the house, begin attaching the strand of Halloween lights to the roof line, underneath the eaves, securing as you go with hot glue.
Trim your vellum paper to fit the inside of the house on all four sides. I used a yellow piece of vellum I had in my stash. You could easily color a piece of white vellum yellow- or a spooky gray color. You could probably even add some torn pieces to look like cracked and broken windows. I took the easy route.
Run hot glue around the perimeter of each wall of the house, and across a few of the windows to secure the vellum.
I added this cute black cat, and this mini Jack-O-Lantern.
Using a die, electronic cutting machine, or template, make several bat shapes from black cardstock.
I covered the final glue mess on the back of the chimney with a scrap of black cardstock.
This DIY haunted house is a fun decor piece to add to your Halloween collection.
If you loved this haunted house craft, make sure to check out this fun animal eye Halloween wreath!
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).