Haunted birdhouses | Halloween craft

Eeeek!  Halloween is just over a month away and we have some spooky projects coming up, but in the meantime, we’ve had a few requests for the tutorial on our haunted birdhouses [originally featured on Shanty2Chic] that were pictured with our spooky Mr. and Mrs. Skull plaques earlier this week.   Yep, we never put them on our own site after guesting for those creative sisters- oopsie!
Without futher adieu, here’s the DIY on our haunted birdhouses:
 See the tutorial for the pictured ruffled wreath here.
These are currently displayed on Kelli’s Halloween mantel and are such fun decor to spruce up your spooky space before those trick-or-treaters come.  To get started you’ll need  few things…

 

Supplies:
  • 3 unfinished wood birdhouses {$1/each @ Joann Crafts}
  • 3 unfinished wood candlesticks {(2) 3″ and (1) 6″ height}
  • 4 medium sized wood base circles
  • Paint: Black spray paint, acrylic paint, Foam brush
  • Glue: Mod Podge, Spray adhesive
  • Scrapbook paper in Halloween colors and/or prints
  • Miscellanious Halloween accessories, Silver glitter
To create these cute little haunted birdhouses:
1. Assemble candlesticks by gluing the candlesticks onto the base circles, then birdhouses onto the candlestick. See pic for stacking order… easy peasy!}
2. Cover candlestick birdhouses in black spray paint.
3. Trace/cut out scrapbook paper depending on birdhouse style; we covered the “bird” holes (except for the round house) then hole punched around the “perch.”
4. Mod Podge time! Light coat on back of scrapbook paper.
5. Light coat of Mod Podge onto sides of birdhouses, too, for a sturdy stick.
6. Use a squeegee or credit card to smooth out any bubbles.

Take a peek at these bad boys un-accessorized:

Ohmygosh, we tend to distress EVERYTHING…  it absolutely drives our mother nuts, lol, but alas we couldn’t resist.  We brushed a light coat of black acrylic paint here & there, all over the birdhouses and touched up any missed spray paint:

Check out Kristi sporting our interchangeable felt necklace  and yes that IS a big, fat diet coke in the background! Sonic is a must when crafting ;)

After distressing the birdhouses, we sprayed the tops with glue and added a gallon bit of glitter. To completely bling out the birdhouses in Halloween digs, we hit up our local Dollar Tree for accessories.

We added a brown glittered owl to add to the center of a paper accordion flower, an orange plastic spider got a coat of brown acrylic paint and was smothered in gold glitter and we polished off the look with a cute 4-pack of crows for under $1 with a 40% Michael’s coupon.  We had everything else on hand so we spent less than $5 on the whole project.  Sweet!

We ♥ how they turned out!

You can download our eerie eye chart for FREE here.  Take a peek at our previous Halloween posts and if you liked this project, please subscribe to our RSS Feed to get more projects delievered right to your inbox!

Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO

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