13 Days of Halloween House No. 1
Finally, 13 Days of Halloween is here. This is a 13-day Halloween challenge where I post a free house pattern each day for the next 13 days finishing on October 30th. The first paper house is a simple gable front house with a steep roof and a spooky coffin-shaped door. It's easy to construct with the pattern provided. And I've even included a scan of the house siding and windows and the cool front door if you don't want to paint or draw your own windows or door.
What do you need to make the houses?
First, Access the Paper Glitter Glue Library
You can find all my free patterns in my Paper Glitter Glue Library. I list the patterns chronologically. So you will find the newest 13 Days of Halloween paper house pattern first at the top of the library.
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- Halloween House No. 1 Pattern PDF (also SVG pattern available)
- Carbon paper (if tracing to the cardboard)
- Cutting Mat
- Or an electronic cutting machine like a Cricut
- Metal-edged ruler
- Craft knife and scissors
- Aleene's Tacky Glue or other PVA glue
- Various colors of paint - I use the Tim Holtz Distress Paint line because I love this range of colors so much. I also use gesso to prime my houses before I paint them.
- Colored pens, pencils if desired
- Paintbrushes in different size (small pointy ones for details)
- Halloween Embellishments
Brief Outline of Directions
- Download and print pattern
- Copy pattern to cardboard
- Score, then cut out pattern and cardboard base
- Paint the house and the cardboard base
- Fold and glue house together
- Glue the roof on
- Glue to base
- Decorate with Halloween embellishments
- Easy Paper Houses - A Free Printable Pattern
- If you want VERY detailed photos and instructions on making a simple paper house, you can find them in this Easy Paper House post.
- Twisted Tree Tutorial - information on making a twisted paper tree
- Make a Rusted Roof - information on making a rusted roof for your little house
Here are the links to the little houses:
- 13 Days of Halloween Paper House patterns:
- Halloween Paper House No. 1
- Halloween Paper House No. 2
- Halloween Paper House No. 3
- Halloween Paper House No. 4
- Halloween Paper House No. 5
- Halloween Paper House No. 6
- Halloween Paper House No. 7
- Halloween Paper House No. 8
- Halloween Paper House No. 9
- Halloween Paper House No. 10
- Halloween Paper House No. 11
- Halloween Paper House No. 12
- Halloween Paper House No. 13
First Download and Print paper pattern
After accessing the Paper Glitter Glue library, download and print out the pattern. I have included it in two main formats - a PDF file and often a zip file including the SVG pattern.
The PDF file includes:
- Printable PDF house pattern
- Scan of the house with siding and windows and door already drawn
The SVG Zip file contains:
- SVG pattern for this house
- PDF pattern for this house
Copy pattern to cardboard or cardstock
This house is simple and sturdy enough to copy directly to cardstock from your printer. Generally though, I use a thin cardboard about the the thickness of poster board because that is what I have and it makes a very sturdy house. Corrugated cardboard doesn't work too well because it is too thick for these tiny pieces and does not fold with nice sharp corners.
I used tracing paper to transfer my pattern to the cardboard. But you can trace the pattern with a pen or a dull pencil to leave lines on your cardboard which you can cut out and score.
Score, then cut out pattern and the cardboard base
Score the fold lines. On my patterns, I draw the score lines as dotted lines and the cut lines as solid lines. Remember to score before you cut because it is easier that way.
For the bases of these house, I cut out an irregular shaped piece of cardboard that is just a little larger than the house itself.
Important Note about the SVG files:
If you are using the SVG pattern for your automatic cutter, the score lines are in a separate layer from the cut lines. And please note: I just bought a Cricut a few days ago and I haven't had time to get it up and running yet. So I cannot test how well the pattern works yet. Jennifer Maker, who wrote the Cricut Coach Playbook did go over this pattern and helped me with this one.
Note for cutting machine users: There is ONE layer of lines that needs to be converted to score lines. So either convert that layer or remove the layer entirely. If you convert the layer to score lines, you also need to attach them to the house layer.
Paint the house and the cardboard base
Now you have your first really fun step - painting your house.
If you printed the scanned pattern with the siding and windows already drawn on it on cardstock, you can just start painting.
But if you are using cardboard, paint your cardboard with gesso so the next paint layer will stick well. Poster board and the cardboard I use has a slick coating on it that needs gesso for the paint to adhere. Then choose your paint color. I chose a different colors for the 3 houses I made with this pattern.
Paint with the base with gesso, then your desired color. For my miniature Halloween houses, I used contrasting colors for the house and the base.
Fold and glue house together
And this is another fun step because this is where the house comes together. Fold along the score lines and glue the house together. The roof flaps and roof tabs help the house maintain its rectangular shape. Don't worry if the roof flaps don't meet perfectly in the middle because you're going to add another, larger roof piece to the house.
Glue the Roof on
If you want to make a Rusted Roof, just tape metallic DUCT tape (a real true metallic tape - not the famous fix-everything DUCK tape) on the roof piece, and color it with alcohol inks and paint to age it. You can read about how I make a Rusted Roof in this tutorial.
Paint your roof the desired color. If you are going to add shingles you can do it now or after it is adhered to the body of the house. Normally, I glue shingles on after the roof is already glued onto the house.
Glue the roof on after the house shape is dry. Sometimes it is hard to get the roof to stick so you have to hold it or tape it in place for a little while as the glue dries.
Glue your fun miniature Halloween house to base
Now add a thick bead of glue to the bottom of the house and adhere to your cardboard base. Leave it alone while the glue dries. Almost always, I mess with it at this stage and then have trouble getting the glue to stick (which requires more glue, then more time, etc, etc.)
Finally Decorate with Halloween embellishments
Finally, the funnest step - decorating. I use all sorts of embellishments on my little houses. For Halloween House No. 1, I kept it kind of simple, but you can go bat crazy if you want.
Here's a list of ideas for embellishments:
- Natural elements like moss and bark
- Miniature pumpkins - I make mine out of polymer clay
- Halloween die cuts
- Cardboard stepping stones
- Creepy fences
- Tiny broomsticks
- Twisted Trees (see the Twisted Tree Tutorial)
- Bottlebrush Trees
- Roof decor - shingles, rusted roof
There are lots of examples of Halloween decor on my Halloween houses throughout the blog.
So that is Halloween House No. 1 of the 13 Days of Halloween series of paper houses. It is the easiest, but that also means it is the most flexible. You can do a lot with it. I'll add more details later in the series.
See you tomorrow for the next Halloween paper house.
Thank you for stopping by.
P.S. I made a really cool feather tree using from Halloween fringe in place of the feathers. That's a bonus design for this challenge. I will post it in a few days with a brief video of how to make it. It is surprisingly easy. Or perhaps I should say easier than I thought it was going to be.
Update! I now have a detailed book, 13 Handcrafted Halloween Houses, with all of the patterns in this series including:
- variations on a number of the houses - some with side chimney options, dormers, roof top chimney
- lots of window and door patterns
- roof shingles patterns
- 2 styles of fences.
The patterns are in two formats - printable PDF patterns and SVG cut file patterns if you have an automatic cutting machine like a Cricut.
Below are the variations for Halloween House no. 1 - now named Esmeralda's Quaint Cottage.
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