How To Make A Slightly Scary Halloween Accessory For Your Home

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This DIY tutorial will show you how to make a slightly scary Halloween haunted house for your home using a pre-made cardboard house from the craft store.  It’s a fun and easy project! 

A slightly sparkly black house with orange in the window.Pin
I’m not into too much of the scary stuff at Halloween around my house.  But, slightly scary I can definitely have fun with!  Especially when it’s something I can make myself without spending a fortune on craft supplies. When I received a recent Pottery Barn catalog, their cute and spooky Halloween houses jumped right off of the page at me.  I loved it and was inspired to create a cardboard Halloween house of my own!

Here’s what I came up with.  Y’all, this was SO quick and SO easy to do and I only have about $9 invested in my slightly scary Halloween glitter house.

The black house with a BOO Ave sign in front of it.Pin

Here are the supplies that you’ll need to make a scary Halloween house for yourself and to create a simple charming Halloween vignette.

The cardboard house, and all the accessories to make it Halloween on the table.Pin

SUPPLIES: First, let’s talk about the supplies for just the house.

(Affiliate links have been used for some products.  See my full disclosure HERE).

Paper Mache House  If ordering online, they only have a set of three available for under $15 (you could make a whole village!), but in the store I was able to purchase just one for $6 (before my 40% off coupon).

Black Glitter

Orange Tissue Paper

Battery Operated Votive Candles – Do not use real candles with this project due to the fire hazard!

Spray Adhesive – not pictured

Glue Stick – not pictured

Black Spray Paint – not pictured

DIRECTIONS – I didn’t take in process photos as this thing is so ridiculously easy to do:

  • Paint the entire exterior of the house with black spray paint.  One coat should do it.
  • Once the paint has dried, coat one side of the exterior of the house at a time with spray adhesive.  Immediately sprinkle a generous amount of black glitter over the entire surface.  Continue the same process with each side of the cardboard house, until all of the sides are covered with glitter.  This step is fun, but it makes a mess, so you may want to do it outside.
  • Cut pieces of the orange tissue paper that are large enough to cover the window and door openings of the house.  Attach the tissue paper, over each opening, to the inside of the house using a glue stick around the edges of each opening.

Here’s a look at the inside of my house with the tissue paper in place.

The house without the roof on, looking down inside it.Pin

Add the votive candles to the interior, put the house roof in place and you’re done!  Once I had the house painted and glittered, I think I spent less than 10 minutes finishing it up.

A slightly scary Halloween vignette on the table.Pin

To put the rest of the vignette together, I used battery operated taper candles, a glittery Halloween tree, a couple of glass candle sticks that I painted with black spray paint (from a dollar store) and a little “street” sign that I wrote Boo Ave. on with a chalk pen.  And there you have it – my only slightly scary Halloween accessory!

The Halloween house all decorated on a book with orange and black candlesticks.Pin



How to make a slightly scary Halloween accessory for your home poster.Pin

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! Affordable is good. 😀

  1. I honestly thought this was the Halloween house I saw at PB! Good job! I bought the German glitter houses for Christmas last year, now I totally wish I didn’t as I could see how to make them. I’m not so crafty. Seems pretty easy though!

    1. Thank you so much, Angelina! I adore the German glitter houses too and have been shopping around for some small paper mache houses that I can decorate for Christmas. I haven’t found any that I don’t have to buy in bulk though. :/

  2. Barb @ The Everyday Home says:

    Oh my goodness, I love what you have done. Yours looks just as good and for a fraction of the cost. Who knew that you could buy a little cardboard house like this??? 😀 I love your little vignette, too. Creepy-cute, my kind of Halloween. *pinned and shared. xxoo, Barb

    1. Thank you, my sweet friend!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. It was fun having a Halloween “party” with you!

  3. Wow! That’s really cute! Shhh….don’t tell PB…but, I like yours better! 😉

    1. Haha – that’s too funny, Donnamae. Don’t worry, I won’t tell! 😀

  4. What a great project Suzy! I really want to try and make this with my kids before Halloween! So fun, Pinned:). Have a wonderful week, take care, Tara

    1. Hi Tara. I think it would make a great kids craft!

  5. This is just too cute for words – a village would be incredible !!!
    Painted white with glitter would be beatutiful for Christmas too !
    Thanks for sharing !

    1. Thank you, Suzan. I would love to do a whole village for Christmas, but I can’t find any small paper mache houses unless I buy them in bulk. Hard for me to believe they’re not more readily available.

  6. Hi Suzy, I love your Halloween House and vignette but you do know that the book the Haunted House is resting on is a book about the death of Princess Diana?

    1. Hi Carol. So glad you like my Halloween house. No, I didn’t realize the book was about the death of Princess Diana. I would have chosen a different one from my bookcase if I had! I’ve never read it and thought it was a fictional story about the death of a princess, which seemed a bit appropriate for Halloween. Oh, well…thanks for letting me know!

  7. I absolutely love this and want to make my own now! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday. I’ve chosen this as one of my top 5 and it will be featured at the next party as well as on my FB page!
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa. And thank you for the feature!

  8. Looks like you are all ready for Halloween, I bet this was really fun to put together, those little houses are so cute, Hobby Lobby has sooooo much stuff to be creative, they just opened a new store in my neighborhood.

    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGFF this week. And dont forget to visit on Wednesdays to link even more of your posts.
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. Very cool- I love how it turned out! Hugs to you for swinging by Snickerdoodle Sunday with your greatness- hope to see you again tomorrow!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  10. That is adorable!! I always love making my own and having it look even better! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  11. So cute! And yes the price for yours is much better and so awesome to know you made it yourself

  12. Love, love, love your Halloween “Putz” house! I have had a thing for them for quite a while. A few years ago my daughter and I attended a retreat in Park City, UT and we made a village of Christmas houses….So much fun and they came out really sweet.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

  13. how cute! If I would try that I would probably have more glitter on me than on the house, lol. Very cute!

  14. absolutely LOVED this sparkly Haunted House Idea. You inspired me- Made one and gave it as a Hostess gift at my book club, and all the members wanted it. There are now black sparkles all over my house! My kids think I have gone crazy! Just wait until Christmas when I make a village of various colored houses with White-snow -sparkly roofs!

  15. This is so stinkin cute. You inspire me with things I wouldn’t even think I would be inspired by! You have that effect on me. I also want you to know how much I appreciate your complete instructions on all of your projects. Knowing exactly what I need and how to put it together adds to the fun of recreating your ideas. Please carry on with more inspiration!