I wanted to create a little something for Halloween. What could be better than a haunted house, right? It needed to be scary, but not too scary. Quite a bit of the supplies for this house were items I had leftover from other projects. I purchased a couple of new things like the bead strand, crossbones and beware sign but that was about it. With everything I pieced together, this is what I ended up with…..
For this project you will need:
- 8-1/2″ Plain Wood Bird House
– Americana Acrylic Paints: Persimmon (Orange), Light Cinnamon (Brown), Dove Gray and Black
– Martha Stewart Pumpkin Craft Stickers #48-20391
– Folk Art Crackle Medium
– Miniature Halloween Beware Decoration from Michaels
– Tim Holtz Crossbones Adornments #TH93089
– Favorite Findings Spider Mix Flatbacks from Joann’s (#1194)
– Glitter Hanging Jack-O-Lantern Ornaments from Joann’s (#1351-0888)
– Crafting Moss
– Jesse James 7″ Bead Strand from Michaels
– Ranger Glossy Accents
– Ranger Liquid Pearls – Onyx
– Stickles: Stardust, Dark Blue
– Thin white fabric
– White String
– Stylus in varying sizes
– Two 1″ – inchie squares for windows
– Two 1″ squares of copper sheet for shutters
– 1″ Styrofoam Ball
– Sharpie fine point pen
– 3 small black beads (any kind)
– Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
– Aleenes Tacky Glue
– Glue Gun
– 1/2″ Paint Brush
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brush
- You can gently sand the bird house if you like but I wanted it to look more rustic so I skipped this step. Coat the entire house with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Then give it a second coat and let dry.
- Cover the entire house with crackle medium. Let dry.
- Paint your roof with 1 coat of brown paint. Let dry.
- Paint your walls with 1 coat of orange paint. Let dry.
- Paint your fence with 1 coat of gray paint. let dry.
- Randomly adhere the pumpkin stickers all around the house.
- Using Aleene’s Tacky glue, adhere the Halloween beads to the front line of the roof. Let dry.
- Using Aleene’s tacky glue, adhere the beware sign to the front left side.
- Using the glue gun, adhere the moss all around the edges and yard of the house.
- Make a smaller loop on the Jack-O-Lanterns and cut to size. Glue them to the front left and right corner of the roof using Aleene’s tacky glue. Cover the strings by gluing a little moss on top.
- Using the glue gun, adhere small pieces of moss randomly on the roof.
- Using your sharpie pen, draw your spider web in the top left corner. Go over web lines with Glossy Accents. Let dry. Note: If you get the Glossy Accents in between the webbing, use the end of your stylus to remove it before it dries. Just be sure to wipe the stylus clean every time.
- Add 3D Onyx Liquid Pearl around hole. Let dry.
- Glue your crossbones over the hole. Also glue your spider by the web and add more spiders if you like.
- Paint both of your inchies with a mix of black and gray paint. Let dry. Add white accent lines and go over the lines with Stardust Stickles. Let dry.
- On one of the copper squares, mark the center with a pencil. Score down the middle with a thick stylus. Score shutter lines across both sides. Distress with Walnut Stain and Liquid Pearls. Cut in half on center score line with scissors and adhere edges to the back of the window. Repeat this step for second window.
- Glue windows and shutters to sides of house.
- Glue the black beads to the Styrofoam ball for eyes and mouth. Push them in a little so they are flush. Let dry.
- Cut a small piece of white fabric and wrap it around your Styrofoam ball. Secure with a piece of white string. Gently stuff part of your ghost into the hole and glue the back of the head onto the house. Let dry. Voila!! You have a one of a kind work of art!!
Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making your own Haunted House!