Sunday, October 26, 2014

Little Haunted Houses

We had a busy week at school doing lots of Halloween and Remembrance Day projects.

This is a cute Haunted House that I'm  working on with Grade 2.

At night you light it up with a battery operated votive.

We are finishing ours tomorrow but here is a picture of them in progress.


- small recycled box, we used soap boxes and little cereal boxes
- a paper roll
- heavy cardboard for the base
- rectangle of corrugated cardboard for the roof
- acrylic paint
- vellum or tissue paper
- scraps of paper
- small branch
- tacky glue
- glue gun, to be used by adults only
- moss
- battery operated votive
- Halloween embellishments


Check your recycling box for some good Haunted House materials.

The corrugated cardboard was the packing material in my last order of art supplies.  You could use heavy paper run thru a crimper for a similar look.

Take your small box and gently open up saving all the tabs.

This will be the main part of our Haunted House and we are opening it up as it is easier to paint the inside. Most boxes have a shiny coating outside and need several layers of paint.

This also makes it easier to cut the windows.

Cut a hole in what will be the back of the house for the votive.

I did this ahead of time for all the kids.

In the front of the house and the side draw out some window shapes.  It is ok if they are a bit wonky it's a haunted house.

Cut them out.

Paint the house with acrylic paint.  The kids could choose from purple, orange, or green.

Set aside to dry.

The paper roll can be made into a castle or a turret.

To make a castle make little cuts all around and then cut out sections.

I made the turrets ahead of time gluing a paper hat onto the paper roll.

Paint it to match the house.

Paint the roof with black acrylic paint.

To cover the windows we are using vellum.  You can use tissue paper but vellum is much more durable.

Cut a piece of vellum that will cover all the windows.

To stick into place put glue around all the windows and then on the border of the piece of vellum.

Flip the vellum and press into place.

Now you need to glue the box back together except for the bottom tabs.

At school we used a glue gun but you can also use tacky glue.

Put some glue on the inside of the bottom tabs and then glue to the piece of heavy cardboard.

Glue the castle or turret onto the base as well.

Cut the roof to fit the box and then glue the roof into place.

Paint the base black covering the tabs of the box as well.

The small branch will be the tree.  Cut out some leaves out of the paper scraps and glue to the branch.

Glue the tree to the base.  If you lean it on the house it helps to hold it up.

Glue some moss at the bottom of the tree.

Using scraps of paper decorate your house.

Add a door and some extra windows, a jack o'lantern and anything else to make it look spooky.

I printed off some titles.  Add some colour with disk tempera and then glue to the roof.

Add a votive thru the back and you have a spooky Haunted House for Halloween.

Have a Happy Halloween everyone!


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