I love the idea of spooky old houses! When I was a kid, we had a neighbourhood “haunted house” that we all called “The Moon House.” My friends and I would visit it and sneak inside, past boarded up windows, and explore. Completely reckless… and thrilling!
When I think of Halloween, I think of that house – full of ghosts of memories past and creaks and groans. I thought I could create some of that spooky fun with a craft this year with my son, Onetime, and so together, we created this adorable recycled box Haunted House Luminary.
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To make this luminary, you will need:
- An old box (cereal box, cracker box, granola bar box, milk carton, etc.) – great if it’s tall!
- Sharp scissors for small hands
- Black and yellow/white/purple (optional) acrylic paint and large brush
- A black marker
- A white crayon for decoration or a white paint pen
- Halloween themed fun foam shapes (dollar store! Love that place!)
- An LED flickering candle (the kind put in pumpkins)
- Mod Podge CS11202 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Gloss Finish(if you want the house to be shiny – totally optional)
Cutting Out the House
To start, clean and dry the box, then completely cut off the tops and bottoms of the box while it’s sitting vertically. You could technically keep the bottom, but removing it, makes it easier for kids to cut the rest of the project.
My son did a lot of the cutting – with my direct supervision and instruction, of course. Cutting the cardboard was great practise for him and with sharp scissors was easier than I thought it was going to be! (Except for the milk carton – that was tough, and I did that one.)
Next, using a black marker, draw the outline of the tops of a house on all sides of the box. We made a few houses – and tried pointed roofs, flattened roofs, chimneys, and towers. We also drew on where doors were going to be and windows.
I did most of the roofline (with Onetime’s input), but he decided where all the windows and doors were going to be and what shape they were going to be. My son wanted windows with shudders (I think he got the idea from the art I did a couple of weeks ago for our Spooky Sounds Experiment post.) I helped him draw and showed him where to cut to make those fun windows that can open and close.
After the houses were all cut out (we made a bunch!), my son had fun playing with them with his Little People! Cute! My husband told me he actually took them outside to play with too this afternoon when I was out.
Painting the House
To decorate the houses, we painted them with black acrylic paint on the outside and yellow/purple/white on the inside. To make ours shiny (and more durable), once the paint was dry, I added an extra coat of Mod Podge.
Decorating the House
When they were dry, Onetime added details with a white crayon. I love that he included “x”s on the doors to show that “you can’t go in there Mommy!”
Last, we had a lot of fun gluing on Halloween themed shapes such as ghosts, pumpkins and black cats!
Onetime really adores his little luminaries. He was so excited to put the LED candles in and see the light glowing through the windows. His house that was painted white inside looked super cool with an LED that changed colours because each time the light changed, the house took on a totally different feel too!
I have to say, I enjoyed making these so much, I did a few of my own too – just for fun! We plan on putting them in the front window for Halloween!
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