Hello! Today I am excited to share with you my DIY project for making Haunted Houses from wooden birdhouses. I made these last year after falling in love with the ones at Pottery Barn Kids. I knew I didn’t want to spend the money purchasing them, so I set out to recreate them. I found some cute wooden birdhouse at Joanne Fabrics. I was just planning on using these, but on my way out, I saw a wooden haunted house marked way down in their Halloween section so I bought that too! I already had acrylic paint and random wood scraps on hand, so I was all set!
On the left are last years haunted houses at PBK that I based my houses on. To the right are this years black glittery houses – also a lot of fun!
- Wooden birdhouses or haunted houses
- Newspaper or white paper for paper mache
- Glue for paper mache
- Assortment of small wood or cardboard scraps to built chimneys
- Glue gun
- Acrylic paints and brushes
STEP 1: Find your houses!
Find your wooden birdhouses or wooden haunted houses. I tried looking for ones with different shapes and roof lines!
To get my houses ready to be painted, I needed to first cut off the ribbon and wire hanging loops that were on some of them. Then I added some extra chimneys, a graveyard, and a church cross to them using scraps of cardboard and wood. My one wooden haunted house came with bats on it, but you could also add your bats at this time using cardboard and wire. I then paper-mached over the added chimneys so they would be smooth to paint, and I also covered up the bird holes on the front of the houses.
STEP 3: Paint the Houses!
I used acrylic paint and decided to stick to a color scheme inspired by a Halloween greeting card I found online – black, white, and orange. I needed to do several coats of the base paint to cover up my newspaper from the paper mache – it may have been easier had I used white paper for the houses I planned on painting white!
STEP 4: Add Details!
After getting the base coats on for the house and the roof, I got to have fun and went in and added lots of details. I looked at the greeting card I had found and the Pottery Barn Kids’ houses and mimicked some of the details I saw. I used a Sharpie for the spider webs as that was easier than my paintbrush. I covered all the roofs with black glitter, which adds some sparkle!
After adding the details, your haunted houses are all finished and ready to go! I love how they turned out and I love displaying them for the holiday!