Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Miniature Haunted House

Typically, you can collect or make a miniature neighborhood for Christmas, but what about Halloween?

Melody took a paper house from a Christmas project, along with some Christmas trees to make this haunted house!

Crafted by Melody.


  • Miniature House (Cardboard, Ceramic or Wood)
  • Wood Plaque
  • Bottle Brush Trees
  • Rit Dye
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter
  • Battery Operated LED Tealight
  • Spider Webbing
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush

Here is what the original paper house and trees looked like before Melody did her magic on them. Goes to show a little imagination can go a long way.

1.  Using the paintbrush, paint the house in the desired colors.
2.  Set aside to let dry.

Use a fine or ultra fine glitter for this project.
3.  Once dry, apply Mod Podge to the the roof and then sprinkle with glitter in the same color as the paint to cover it. 
4.  Apply Mod Podge to the rest of the house and sprinkle glitter in the same color as the paint to cover it.
5.  Set aside to let dry.
6.  Dye the bottle brush trees with Rit Dye.

If you cannot find white bottle brush trees, dye them with a solution of 1 part water and 1 part bleach to remove the original color.

7.  After the trees have been dyed and are dry, use the paintbrush to apply Mod Podge to the tree to cover it with glitter. You can add the glitter to just the ends or give it a full coverage.

As the trees are drying, prepare a small wooden plaque to display your house and trees by painting it to your liking. Melody painted her plaque brown and swiped black and a very light green in various areas to give it a patchy look.

8.  Adhere the trees to the plaque.

For the house, you can either glue it onto the plaque if you choose not to use a battery operated tealight. The house cannot be glued to the plaque if you want to use the tealight because you will need to lift the house up/down to turn the tealight on/off.

9.  Add spider webbing to the trees. 

You can add a headstone using a wooden die cut and the door of the house was drawn and cut from cardstock.

The spider in this project was actually a last minute addition, so if you want to add the spider, just glue two different sized pom poms together. Use a material or item that resemble closely to what spider legs look like and glue it onto the pom poms. Then, adhere eyes using adhesive rhinestones. 

Melody snipped off a few sprays from an artificial plant that she has. You could use pipe cleaners, twine, wire, etc.

There are so many ways to make this, so let your imagination take flight and have fun!

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