One of the best things about this time of year are the Halloween crafts! Seriously, it is so much fun to create with all the spookiness. And you are going to especially love this haunted house craft project which comes with its very own haunted house printable template and can be used as the perfect Halloween decoration! Stick around to the end of this post, and I will show you what I mean.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 2 Pieces black construction paper
- Yellow construction paper
- Scraps of orange and green construction paper
- Glue stick
- White crayon
- Black Sharpie marker
Crafting with you kids is one of the very best activities that you can do! There are just so many benefits…the obvious ones like improving fine motor coordination and scissor skills but also the not so obvious benefits, like improving focus and attention span and learning to share and take turns. And then there is the BIGGEST PLUS…it’s super fun! But I know that it is probably not at the top of your ever growing to-do list and can seem like a burden rather than a blessing. So, we are striving to make creating with your kiddos actually do-able, even when life is hectic.
To remove some of the barriers to making crafts with your kids, like “It takes too long” or “I don’t have the supplies that I need for that craft” or “It is just too much mess!” we have come up with a solution. Every single craft on this website sticks to a master list of supplies that are reasonably priced, easy to obtain and fit into one bag. Not only that, the supplies we have chosen are designed to limit the mess. Not to say that things won’t ever get a little messy, but this approach will help control the chaos. Give it a try. Fill your bag using our master list and tell me what you think!
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Step 1: Cut Out the Haunted House
- Place your black construction paper in front of you in portrait orientation (vertically).
- Make a small mark about 3 inches up from the bottom on both pieces.
- Above the mark you have made on one of the papers, draw the outline of a haunted house in the middle. This will fill up most of the paper. If you would prefer, there is a printable haunted house template for you to use. But you truly do not need to. Make the haunted house your own!
- Where you made your mark in the beginning, make a horizontal cut into the paper until you reach your haunted house drawing. Then cut around the haunted house outline. When you get to the other side, make another horizontal cut out to the edge of the paper at the same height as your original mark.
- Take your second piece of black paper and start cutting at the mark that you have made to form a waving low hillside. You should end your hillside around the same height as where you came in on the other side. For clarification on this direction, see the picture below.
Step 2: Add the Crayon Details
- Now let’s have a little fun with our haunted house craft diy and use the white crayon to add some details. This can be windows and doors, cobwebs or whatever you like!
- Finally, add some details to your hillside that you cut out. You can make a gate, a lane, some tombstones…whatever! We will also be adding a couple of little pumpkins to this part of the project.
Step 3: Make some Halloween Features
- Get out your scraps of orange and green paper, yellow paper and the leftover black construction paper.
- Let’s start by tracing a circle onto the yellow paper and cutting it out. You can use a sauce plate for this or the haunted house template, which you can access above. Set your moon aside.
- Now draw and cut out 2-3 bats from your black construction paper (also included in the template if you would like to trace and cut out instead)
- Last we will make a couple of 3D paper pumpkins for in the front yard. To do this fold 3 small pieces of orange construction paper in half and cut a half circle, away from the fold. Glue the halves together to form your pumpkin and give him a tiny little green pumpkin stem, attaching it with the glue stick. You can also draw on a jack-o-lantern face with the black Sharpie. *I made 3 pumpkins in various sizes. These are also included in the template for your use.
Step 4: Put Your Paper Haunted House Together
- Take the details that you have just prepared and glue them in place where you would like them.
- To form this Halloween haunted house cut out, glue your completed hillside piece onto the front of the haunted house cut out. You will overlap the ends of each and secure with your glue stick.
- Now your haunted house is 3D. It will stand on its own. And I have a couple more ideas for what you can do with it…
Taking it to the next level…
Now that you have made your haunted house craft, here some ideas for using it.
- Place some electric candles inside so that it becomes a luminary
- Fit it around a jar or basket just because.
- Put a bowl in the middle and fill it with Halloween candy!
- Place a small pumpkin in the middle
- Get a seasonal flower, like mums and put them in the center of your haunted house landscape
I would love to hear what ideas you come up with and how you use your paper haunted house craft project! Send pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here some other Halloween crafts you might like too:
- Moveable Paper Skeleton
- Yarn Weaving Ghost Craft
- Triangle Halloween Monster Crafts
- Crescent Moon with Hanging Bat Halloween Craft
- Yarn Wrapped Ghosts
And if you prefer something a little sturdier for your haunted house craft, here is a popsicle stick version from The Best Ideas for Kids.