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…


  • 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!

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  1. 1

    Oh yeah. I love love love these…I’m definitely makin’ ‘em…;) You guys rock.

    • 2


      Thanks, Miss Mags! You rock too ;)

  2. 3

    Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe

    So cute! So Cute, So CUte!!!! Pinning and stealing.

    • 4


      Thanks, Tara! Steal away!!

  3. 5

    Love the birdhouses and the eerie eye chart. Would love a copy of it but when I clicked on the link I am taken to the site Box and I logged in but can’t seen to find where to download it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. 8

    We love the little Halloween houses at our house too! My daughter and I decorated some last year, and I think we had too much fun. I love how you put them on candlesticks… where do you get unfinished wooden candlesticks?

    • 9


      Hi Melanie! We use craftparts.com! Love them!

  5. 10

    You girls are just so stinkin’ creative! Love these!

    • 11


      We heart you, Katie! XO

  6. 12

    So cute! You girls make it look easy. :)

    • 13


      Lol, they ARE, Liz! And we included the tut so get to craftin (;

  7. 14

    Jeneka King

    I love your blog! All you fonts are so cute! You’re amazingly creative!

    • 15


      Aww thanks, Jeneka! How sweet of you to say (:

      ps: Your name ROCKS!

  8. 16

    So wonderful! I found your blog from the DIY Dreamer BlogLovin Blog Hop! So jealous!! Loving your blog!! Im your newest follower on BlogLovin!! Feel free to follow back!! Have a great weekend!


  9. 17

    Lindsy McLaughlin

    I love these birdhouses. I always see those unfinished little houses at the craft store and want to buy them but just dont know what to make them into and now I know… or some holday variation of these. They are adorable!

    • 18


      Thanks! We are suckers for $1 items!

  10. 19

    Love this idea! Very clever and original for Halloween!

  11. 20

    Another awesome project!! Love these little birdhouses. I hope you will add these to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party!

  12. 21

    I love these!! So clever and spooky!

    • 22


      Thanks, Kim!! They’re pretty fun to make!

  13. 23

    Dezi A

    I adore these! And love the cost too! Such a fun, unique way to decorate for Halloween. I just may actually try these. :)

    • 24


      You can do it, Dezi! ;) LOL!

  14. 25

    Those turned out great! I’m currently working on my own haunted birdhouse village. I assemble mine differently with dowel rods but love how you used the candlesticks.

    • 26


      Oh how fun! Can’t wait to see your version!! (:

  15. 27

    So seriously cute and creative. Love, love, love.

    • 28


      Thanks, Dawn! So sweet of you!

  16. 29


    I love your haunted birdhouses. Such a cute idea and very well done!

    • 30


      Thanks, Jen!! You’re a sweet friend (:

  17. 31

    Your spooky birdhouses are too cute! And I love the cupcake liner wreath!

  18. 32

    Totally cute! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  19. 33


    Can you tell me how you cut out the scrapbook paper so precisely? I’ve got the first steps finished, but I can’t figure out how you traced any of these because they have so many parts sticking out. I’m a perfectionist, so I want it to fit just right. :) Thanks!

    • 34


      X-Acto knife! At Walmart in the Elmer’s craft section, worth the money!

  20. 35

    Christa Donnelly

    My daughter and I spent yesteday afternoon making these fun birdhouses and while we waited for the Mod Podge to dry we made the Rolo cookies. We love the results of both!!! I just discovered your blog the other day and will be following from now on.

    • 36


      Double LJ project!? LOVE hearing that!! (:

  21. 37

    How adorable!!!! I love them!

  22. 38


    Love these! You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby’s Halloween Decor Challenge! :)


    • 39


      Stopping by… thanks Candie! (:

  23. 40

    Very cool project. And easy to do. Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from SITS today.


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