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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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This is a fun project for kids and adults alike. It takes a few days to put together, depending on how big your haunted house is and if you make more than one, but they will make a beautiful addition to a Halloween table display and you get the added satisfaction of having made it yourself. These directions are for one house. We'll be adding pictures soon, it will make it much easier to do when the step by step pictures are added. Please check back soon!

Wooden craft sticks - 225 size 3/8" x 4 1/2"
Wooden skill sticks, notched - 125 size 3/8" x 4 1/2"
Wooden craft picks - 9 size 3 1/2"
Wooden craft stick, Jumbo - 1 size 3/4"x 5 3/4"
Wooden craft clothes pins, small - 4 2 1/2"
Wooden circles - 4 3/4" diameter
Acrylic craft paints - light, medium and dark gray, black and white
Paint brushes
Bright orange embroidery floss
Thick craft glue, such as Tacky Glue
Construction paper, black, white and brown
Cardboard square 8"

To make an easy template for the walls, cut a two inch wide "L" shape from the corner of your piece of cardboard. This gives you a straight edge to work against so all the wall pieces will be the same size and shape. It should look like the picture at the left.
Make eight basic wall panels. Using your cardboard "L", lay 12 sticks side by side, even with the top and side edges of the "L" square. Glue one stick across the top of the 12 sticks and one on the bottom, about an 1/8" from the ends. Set aside to let glue dry completely.
Make four wall panels with windows. Use four craft sticks for each end and place four skill sticks in the center. The skill sticks will have been snapped off at end sections (see picture left). These will make the window frames. Use cut pieces of the craft picks or tooth picks to cross the windows. Glue four craft sticks across to hold together. Top, bottom and one each side of the window.
Make one front door panel. Use the basic template for a wall with windows. Use three craft sticks on each side and add the snapped skill sticks on the top to create a door opening.
After the walls are all dried, you'll want to put the walls together. You'll need an extra pair of hands to do this so have one of the lids or a friend help you. This house will be two stories tall and have an attic look on the top floor, where the roof goes.
Make the porch. You can add the porch after the house is put together.
Add the roof.
Add Halloween creatures like ghosts hanging out the windows, a black cat on the porch, trick-or-treaters at the front door. You can find all kinds of pre-made pieces for villages at places like Walgreen's or Michael's Arts & Crafts.

By following the basic instructions for wall pieces, you can make any size and shape buildings that you like. Create a whole little village of haunted houses and set up a nice table display!


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