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Halloween Decorations

Spooky House Centerpiece

A little Halloween magic transforms an ordinary wooden birdhouse into a charismatic cottage with a crooked chimney, spooky bat accents, and a glittery black roof.

What You'll Need

This haunted house will be the highlight of your Halloween table.
This haunted house will be the
highlight of your Halloween table.

  • Wooden birdhouse
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint: purple, black, yellow
  • 4 foam paintbrushes
  • Wooden star cutout
  • Pencil or white colored pencil
  • Lightweight cardboard or craft foam
  • Construction paper: black, blue
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Black modeling clay
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Copper wire: 18 gauge, 22 gauge
  • Wire cutters
  • 6 silver star sequins
  • Glitter: black, crystal
  • Raffia: black, orange
  • Floral accent pumpkin
  1. If the birdhouse has a perch, pull it out using needle-nose pliers. Fill the hole with wood filler; let dry. Sand smooth.

  2. Paint the house purple and the roof black. Paint the wooden star yellow. Let dry.

  3. Draw a checkerboard pattern onto lightweight cardboard or craft foam; cut out. Stencil checks around the middle of the house using black paint. Let dry.

    Use the stencil to paint a checkerboard pattern onto the middle of the house.
    Use the stencil to paint a checkerboard pattern onto the middle of the house.

  4. Trace the door pattern onto black construction paper; cut out. Use craft glue to glue the door on the front of the house, covering the hole and perch area.

  5. Mold a crooked chimney out of modeling clay. Let harden for at least 8 hours. Hot-glue chimney to the roof.

  6. Cut 18-gauge wire into a 6-inch length, and bend into a curved line. Hot-glue this wire to the back of the wooden star. Stick the other end deep inside the chimney to hold in place.

  7. Cut 22-gauge wire into 3 pieces, approximately 3 to 4 inches each. Bend into curvy lines. Sandwich one end of the wire between 2 silver star sequins, and hot-glue the 3 pieces together. Repeat with the other 2 wires. Stick the ends of the wires deep into chimney.

  8. Use a paintbrush to paint craft glue along the sides and on top of the roof. Generously sprinkle black glitter on glue. Put a large glob of hot glue on top of the chimney to secure the wires, and sprinkle with black glitter.

  9. Trace the bat pattern onto blue construction paper 4 times; cut out. Fold them down the middle, making creases. Dab the wings with craft glue; sprinkle lightly with crystal glitter. Use hot glue to secure bats around the house.

  10. Hot-glue raffia around the base of the house. Hot-glue the floral pumpkin in place.

Display your spooky house on a table or anywhere else that needs a good scare. Looking for a creepy way to welcome guests into your home -- or into a room? Try the chilling door hanger on the next page.

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