Hello My Friends,
I’ve been crazy busy this week, so busy I totally forgot to post on Wednesday… that’s not even my style but it happened and you know what… I’m ok with it. I’m trying to stop being so hard on myself. I set unrealistic expectations and get mad when I don’t accomplish them. These weekend festivals are fun and exciting but they take a lot of energy, right now I’m working 7 days a week so sleeping to 8:30 and taking an hour out of my day to exercise isn’t the end of the world, I have to keep telling myself that lol.
This weekend I’m going to the San Carlos Art and Wine Faire. I’m excited and a little nervous. I’ve done tons of festival but never an actually Art festival. I’ve updated my booth, ordered a new banner, and am even building some new displays to showcase my art. Of course, I’ll post pictures next week. Here are the pictures of my booth last week. The Fire Art has truly taken off and I’m even getting special orders. I also need to update my art website www.evolvewithmarycrafts.com but I can’t seem to carve out the time. Oh well.
Today’s Crafty Friday was created by my crafty high school friend Elisha, she was one of those girls that was crazy beautiful but didn’t know it and she was also crazy nice.
Like most people we lost touch over the years but reconnected on social media. She’s starting her very own craft and more blog, check out www.mycraftbarn.com
Cardboard Haunted House
Cost:$5.00 – $6.00
Black Spray paint | Wal-Mart | $0.96
Yellow tissue paper | Dollar Tree | $0.99
Orage or purple lights | Dollar Tree | $0.99
Mini Skeletons | Dollar Tree | $0.99
Creep Cloth | Dollar Tree | $0.99
Large Cardboard Box
Box Cutter or x-acto knife
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Large Ziploc Plastic Bag
Step 1: Cut up your box and create your foundation!
For this project, I started out with an old Costco Shipment box that I had on hand. My husband was going to toss it out into the recycle before I stopped him! I first cut the box in half using my box cutter (be careful using any box cutter or X-acto knife and always remember to cut away from you!) After you cut your box in half, start to make the roof using the flaps. I used one of the box flaps as my diagonal guide for where my roof would lay and then I cut the sides to fit and hot glue it into place.
Next, I cut off a flap from a piece of the discarded box and folded that in half. This flap became the top of my roof and I hot glued that into place.
Step 2: Roof Detail!
This step is optional. I used some more pieces of the discarded half of the box and cut up rectangular shapes using scissors to create shingles on the roof, then hot glued them onto the existing roof creating the shingle detail. You can always skip this step and just use the existing roof you have.
Step 3: Cut Away!
Now you are ready to cut out your windows and create a door. For this step I didn’t use a pen or pencil for this step to draw the outlines because I thought that the imperfections would make my haunted house look creepier.
Using your box cutter or X-acto knife, carefully cut out 2” by 3” rectangles for the windows and a 2” by 4” cut for the door. Remember when you are cutting the door to leave it attached to the house (this means you will only need to make 2 cuts for the door then fold it creating a hinge effect.)
At this point, you can become creative and make more details. I decided to cut a smaller window into the door and make flower beds using leftover pieces of cardboard. I also took more pieces of the discarded box and cut up small rectangles using scissors, these rectangles were then folded in half and hot glued onto the tops of the windows creating a gable or dormer look. Remember you can get really creative and play with it…don’t worry about messing up or it being perfect, it’s a creepy haunted house and the next step should help cover up any imperfections you may see.
Step 4: Spray it up!
Now it is time you paint your house. I used a Black (Interior/Exterior) Fast Dry 10 oz Spray Paint I purchased from Wal-Mart for $0.96. This is my favorite spray paint for projects because it really does dry fast and you can’t beat the price. The only downfall is that it only comes in the colors black or white. Before you start painting your haunted house, make sure you read the instructions and that you are in a well-ventilated area and cover anything that you do not want to get paint on (there can be a lot of “overspray”) I chose to spray paint this haunted house outside far from anything. Apply an even coat to the whole house and add more paint to any areas that need it. I had a large Costco logo on the back of the roof that I had to go over a few times to cover it. Let your house dry completely before starting the next step.
Step 5: Tissue it up!Step 6: Decorating time!
This is where the magic begins! I picked up some Halloween decorations from the Dollar Tree Store and for this project, I went with the creepy cloth, mini skeletons, and some mini décor lights. I attached the skeletons in different positions using the hot glue gun and I glued pieces of the creepy cloth over the dormers and the roof.
For the mini lights, I punched a small hole on the side of the house and strung the lights across the front of the house for a festive Halloween look. I purchased 2 different types of lights for this project from the Dollar Tree Store. The mini lights I used for the front of the house are battery operated and can be turned on and off with a switch. The second string of lights are plugins. The lights I purchased from the dollar store say they are for indoor use only but if you intend to put your houses outside you can easily find ones for outdoor use at Wal-Mart or Home Depot. Now that your house is decorated turn the lights on and see it glow!
Once your haunted house is completely dry you can now move on to adding the yellow tissue to the windows for a haunted effect. In this step, I also cut up large Ziploc bags and attached them to the tissue to create a glass look…but this is optional. Start by cutting the yellow tissue paper using scissors into rectangular shapes that are a little larger than the actual windows. If you are doing the glass effect, do the same process with the Ziploc bags. Once you have all your rectangles cut out you can start gluing them into the inside of the house. If you are going for the glass effect then glue the plastic rectangles to the yellow tissue paper and then glue those onto the inside of the house (your plastic should be showing from the front of the window.) repeat the step until all your windows are covered.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did and hope it inspires you to get creative and make something awesome! Happy Halloween!!!