October 8th, 2020
Recyclables are the best craft materials, and they’re great for making those special, personable decorations for any holiday season.
STEP 1: Get Your Supplies!
- Paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls (depends on how big you go)
- Black acrylic paint
- Yellow (or another bright color) acrylic paint
- Gold or silver marker (or paint)
- Heavy black stock paper
- White yarn or Halloween spiderweb
- Tacky glue (or a glue gun)
- (OPTIONAL) Flameless tealight to make your Haunted House even more spooky.
STEP 2: Preparing Your Cardboard Rolls
This is where you decide what your haunted house is going to look like: how many towers it’s going to have, how tall you want them, and what colors you’re going to use.
For mine: I decided on one central tower with two shorter ones on either side and fronted by a shorter entryway. I used my scissors to cut my cardboard rolls to the heights I wanted and then painted the outsides of them with black acrylic paint. Next, I cut out my windows; I used weird shapes for mine, but you can choose whatever shaped windows you want. You can also cut out a door. And remember the bright paint that’s on the supply list? You want to use it to paint as much of the inside of your cardboard rolls as you can.
STEP 3: Preparing Your Roofs and Shingles
Using your heavy black cardstock paper, you want to plan out what your roofs/shingles are going to look like. If you want them peaked, you’ll need to cut the cardboard tubes at the top like an upside down V. You can make your shingles square or round or triangular. When you’ve got the shape you want, take your gold or silver markers to draw them on.
STEP 3: Gluing Everything Together
This is where the tacky glue or a hot glue gun comes in. Tacky glue takes a bit longer to dry, so, for video purposes, I used a hot glue gun. If you decide to use a hot glue gun, please either have adult supervision or have an adult do this part for you.
I would recommend gluing the cardboard tubes together the way you want them first, then glue on your roofs/shingles.
(I also added a bit of glue in the crease of my door, so it would stand open more. You do not have to do this unless you want to.)
STEP 3: Decorating Your Haunted House
This is where you can get super creative! I used my bright paint to add ooze coming from the windows and splattered on the shingles. I also added some Halloween spiderwebs decoration. There’s really no limit to what you can add to your haunted house.