Paper Halloween House for your Halloween Decor
Another cool Halloween decoration for you – the Greystone Clock House with a bat tree made with the Christmas Farmhouse pattern. The color scheme is different from the Christmas Farmhouse, of course – with darker, more spooky colors. It has a 13-hour Halloween clock that I found online. I love this clock because it’s so perfect for Halloween houses.
Rusted Roof for the Greystone Clock House
One other major difference from the bright and cheery, snow-covered Christmas Farmhouse is the metal roof which is dark and eerie, mostly black and grey with a few blue highlights. I made the roof just like I’ve outlined in the Rusted Roof Tutorial here.
How to make the Spooky Greystone Halloween Clock House -Basic Steps
- Download the Christmas Farmhouse pattern
- Copy to cardboard, cut out
- Stencil stone surface
- Paint the stones
- Die cuts – windows, door
- Assemble the house
- Make the rusted tin roof
- Attach the roof pieces
- Make cardboard base
- Glue to the base
- Make fencing
- Attach decor items
Links related to making the Greystone Clock House
- Make the Christmas Farmhouse – Free Pattern
- Stone Texture – How to Add to Your Papercrafts
- Make a Rusted Roof for Your Paper Houses
- How to Add Light to Your Little Houses
I’m not going into complete details on all of these steps because you can read them in the Christmas Farmhouse post and in the directions included with the download. But I will go over a few steps in the construction of this particular paper house.
If you have a specific question, you can always leave a comment or email me at Lucy@paperglitterglue.com and I am always glad to help.
Colors for the Greystone Halloween House
Here is a list of the Tim Holtz Ranger paint and stain products used
For the Bottle Brush Tree:
- Chipped Sapphire
- Tumbled Glass
For the Stone Siding:
- Hickory Smoke
- Pumice Stone (not pictured)
- Black Soot
- Stormy Sky
- Tumbled Glass
For the Rusted Roof
- Black alcohol ink
- Grey alcohol ink
- Silver Mixative
- Two shades of blue
Stone Texture on the Greystone Halloween Clock House
I think the main appeal of this Halloween house is the stone siding. So I’ll show a few steps in the making of the stone siding on this house.
Mask off areas to protect areas not to be stenciled
First off, stencil each side by masking off where you DON’T want the texture paste to go.
Apply a thin layer of texture paste
When you apply the texture paste, apply a thin layer – thin enough to see the stencil through the texture paste. I applied it with the serrated edge of small plastic knife to give more texture. I was out of Ranger’s Grit paste when I stenciled this house. However, grit paste makes a wonderful texture without using the serrations on the plastic knife.
Paint the base layer of your little house
Paint the base layer for the mortar between the stones. See the two variations below – one is for this Halloween house and the lighter color is for the Christmas Farmhouse.
Paint with various shades of paint to give dimension – dark colors first
Start painting the stones by using the darker color first – Black Soot in this case. When I loaded my brush with black paint I cleaned off excess paint in the center unstenciled section to make sure I wasn’t applying too much paint. Sometimes I diluted the paint to give more variety in colors of the stones.
Using the various shades of blue and grey paint brings the stone texture great dimension.
Windows and Doors for the Greystone Clock House
For this house there are only 4 windows. Once again I used my very favorite window die from the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling series, the Village Manor. I know I say it every time, but I love these windows for my Halloween houses. The door is from the Village Fixer Upper die set. To give more dimension to my door, I saved the cut out for the door and used it to make an archway around the door. I glued 3 layers together for more depth.
Now the 13-hour clock is one I found online, but I don’t remember where I found it. It is a perfect addition to this house. The clock is outlined with a distressed black circle to set it apart a little better.
As usual, I made my window “glass” from saved acetate packaging. It is so much easier to glue on the windows to the inside of your house before the assembly of the house. But I don’t often to remember to do that.
Rusted Roof for the Greystone Clock House
You can find the rusted roof tutorial here.
Materials for the rusted roof:
- Metal duct tape
- Alcohol inks
- Texture paste
- Roof cardboard pieces
But the difference here is the set of colors I used – blues and greys and black. Often I add texture paste to the metal duct tape for additional grunge on the roof.
Glue on the Roof pieces
Truthfully, it is challenging to glue on the roof. I haven’t found a magic solution to this step without occasional frustration, especially if you have already painted your house or your roof. Painter’s tape works if you haven’t already painted these pieces, but if the house is pre-painted, painter’s tape can pull up the painting or the textured siding at times. So I become the tape. I hold the roof in place for a little while until I am sure it holds.
Make the Base
Fortunately, because the Greystone Clock House is a simple house, the base is simple as well – merely 4 layers of cardboard with a section cut out to fit the LED light and that’s it. I like crinkled up paper to cover the cardboard for the texture.
You can find more on making a base with a space for an LED light here.
I do like the distressed streaks and painting of the base. That worked out well.
For the fencing I used the Village Bungalow die. Each piece was cut out of cardboard and glued to another piece for strength, then painted black. The fence posts are lightweight pieces of cardboard scored at 3/8 inch intervals to make skinny fence posts that work well visually with the fence.
Really, the only decorative element on the house at this time is the bottle brush tree which I made and dyed with Chipped Sapphire and Tumbled Glass. But I’m not really happy with the tree because I couldn’t get the blue shade I envisioned. In addition, bats won’t stay on the branches very well. The tree is just barely installed in a hole on the side of the base. I will probably replace it when I get the coloring right. And then I may make some polymer clay bats because I think they will work better than the paper bats.
Before the Habitat Fundraiser (I make most of my houses to be sold for my local Habitat for Humanity fundraiser), I always add more Halloween elements like fall leaves and pumpkins.
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