Haunted Houses: Tutorial

I found this idea on Pinterest from the girls at LollyJane Boutique, featured on Shanty2Chic. Both blogs are great for DIY crafts! I Stampin’ Up!-anized them by using Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP and the Googly Ghouls Stamp Set with embellishments.

These are made from unfinished wood pieces – candlesticks from Michael’s and birdhouse from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Each birdhouse was only $1 and both candlesticks were about $5.


(1) Paint the candlesticks with black acrylic paint – you can see it unfinished and finished here.

(2) Sand and paint the birdhouses with black acrylic paint also.

(3) Distress (if you’d like) with sandpaper by rubbing off some of the paint. I distressed the birdhouses using sandpaper on the paint, and a Stampin’ Sponge and Early Espresso on the paper.

(4) Cover the birdhouses in DSP. You can use Mod Podge but I used Sticky Strip Adhesive and it worked really well. This process requires a lot of measuring; I also used scrap paper to make templates because I could bend and cut without worrying about ruining my good paper.

(5-7) Embellish as you’d like. I used the Googly Ghouls stamp set for the bats and the embossed “Booooo” banner. The rosette is made with Tangerine Tango paper and a black glimmer brad. Adhere the birdhouses to the candlesticks – I used super glue.

(8) Finished and on display!


Paper: Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White

Ink: Early Espresso, VersaMark, Basic Black

Stamp Set: Googly Ghouls

Punches: 1 3/8″ Square, Standard Hole Punch, 1″ Circle

Accessories: Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Googly Eyes, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip Adhesive, Stampin’ Sponge or Daubers


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