Halloween and make believe go hand-in-hand, and that’s one reason why I adore this Tabletop Haunted House. Just think about the possibilities. Follow the basic instructions, but change the dimensions to make it bigger, smaller, or even a different style. Why not make a Halloween village? Then, decorate your Haunted House(s) like this one, or add ghosts, spiders, mummies, or other creepy finds. You could even leave off the back wall and create a scene inside. Like I said, I just adore the idea of making your own Tabletop Haunted House for Halloween – there are endless possibilities . . .
To make a Tabletop Haunted House, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Two, 1-1/2” balls
- One 12” disc
- One each 36” x 12” x 1” and 36” x 12” x ½” sheets
- Smooth Finish® (available at WalMart)
- Acrylic craft paints: Gray, black, white, pearly purple, burnt orange
- Cardstock, small piece in black
- Black wire trees, 4″-5″ tall, two
- Fiberfill or spider webbing, small amount
- Black wire, 2-1/2″ length
- Twig, small piece for pumpkins stems
- Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Thick, white craft glue
- Optional: Webbing spray in white and glitter spray
- Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; 1-1/2″ wash and liner paintbrushes; disposable palette; water basin; paper towels; wire cutters
To make a Tabletop Haunted House:
1. The four walls of the house are cut from the 1” sheet:
- Side walls: Pin pattern to the 1” thick foam sheet and trace around the pattern with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Repeat for second side wall.
- Front and back: Score two, 4-1/2” x 8-1/4” rectangles on the foam sheet.
- Score a 1-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ rectangle for the chimney.
- Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap.
- Cut out the four walls and chimney.
2. Assemble the house using toothpicks and glue.
3. Score and cut the following from the ½” thick foam sheet:
- Two 4-3/4″ x 8-3/4″ rectangles (roof).
- One each 3-1/4″ x 2-3/4″; 3″ x 1-3/4″; and 2″ x 1″ rectangles (stairs).
4. Attach the roof to the house using toothpicks and glue.
5. Cut one end of chimney on an angle and pick and glue to the roof.
6. Position house on the foam disc so it stands on the back half. Pick and glue the house to the disc.
7. Stack and glue the stairs to the front of the house.
5. Carefully cut in half the remaining 1/2″-thick foam sheet to create a ¼” thick foam sheet. Cut the following:
- Five, 1” x 2” rectangles (windows).
- One door (follow pattern outline and do not cut out the bat).
- Two tombstones; cut tombstones apart on the dotted line.
6. Glue windows to the front of the house, positioning them so they’re slightly tilted. Glue door to house.
7. Brush Smooth Finish on the house and the base. Let dry.
8. Paint the house, the sides of the stairs, and the disc gray. You can alter the shade of gray paint by mixing in a little black or white paint. Let dry.
8. Paint the roof, chimney and one tombstone black. Paint the base of the second tombstone black.
9. Thin the purple paint with a small amount of water and paint the windows, the stair treads, and the second tombstone. Let dry.
10. Using the liner brush, outline the door and windows in black. Paint on windowpanes. Add a black dot for the door knob.
11. Gently press the foam balls against the tabletop to slightly flatten the bottom. Insert a toothpick into each ball to use as a handle and paint balls burnt orange; let dry. Paint on jack-‘o-lantern faces with liner brush. Let dry. Insert a 1-1/2” twig into top of each pumpkin for a stem.
12. Refer to photo to reassemble tombstones and glue to the disc. Glue trees on each side of house. Note: If black trees are unavailable, spray paint them black.
12. Trace bat pattern four times onto black cardstock. Glue one bat to a tree and one to the front door. Sandwich a wire between two bats and glue together; insert and glue wire end into chimney.
13. Drape strands of fiberfill or spider webbing onto the roof and trees.
14. Optional: Spray house the house with webbing spray and glitter spray. Work in a well-ventilated area, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the cans.
How would you decorate this Haunted House?
Happy haunted crafting!