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!
Materials: 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" Scissors Ruler Compass
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.
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.
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
Add the roof.
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!