The Halloween Village of little paper houses continues to grow with the addition of Halloween House No. 5 with its front portico. Fortunately, the neighbors like having more people move in for sharing recipes, tools and brooms, making potions, child-rearing advice, Halloween decor, stuff like that.
So we have arrived at Halloween House No. 5 – another relatively simple house, but with a front addition. The little portico in the front just provides an extra dimension to the house. I think I said on another post that the little houses will gradually get a little more complex as we go along.
I think I wrote at the end of yesterday’s post that I was going to write about a house called Triple Gable Gothic. That house will be in a couple of days, but it looks really good so far.
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.
To get access to the library, simply subscribe to my newsletter with the form at the bottom of the post and you will be sent the password immediately so you can download the pattern. Then click on the library link, click to enter the password protected area, type in the password and the poof! the list of free patterns and tutorials will appear.
- Halloween House No. 5 Pattern PDF (also a separate SVG pattern included)
- Tracing paper (if tracing to the cardboard)
- Cardboard (you can make it out of cardstock but it is hard to keep the walls straight)
- Cutting Mat
- 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 and they work so well with Halloween stuff. I also use either white or black 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, front portico and cardboard base
- Paint the house and the cardboard base
- Fold and glue house together, then glue the portico on
- Glue the roof to the portico first, then the roof to the house.
- Glue to base
- Decorate with Halloween embellishments
- 13 Days of Halloween Paper House patterns:
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 a zip file including the SVG pattern.
The PDF Zip file includes:
- Printable PDF house pattern
The SVG Zip file contains:
- SVG pattern for this house
- PDF pattern for this house
- Please note: I am unable to save it as a DXF file at this time, but I will be working on it. And I still haven’t figured out compound paths to make a separate layer for the scored lines. I probably won’t get that done until after Halloween. I am so sorry about that because I really have been trying to learn. Just getting the outline part straight (make sure the house components are not grouped, select each piece separately, and then Union) has been a brain workout for me.
Copy pattern to cardboard or cardstock
Even though Halloween house no. 5 is simple, I think it needs to be made out of cardboard. Generally, 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.
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. Or if you have a Cricut you can cut it out without even going through this step. I look forward to the day when I am able to do that.
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.
Paint the house and the cardboard base
Now you have your first really fun step – painting your house.
But when you are using cardboard, paint your cardboard with gesso so the paint layer will stick well. Poster board and the cardboard often have a slick coating that needs gesso for the paint to adhere. Then choose your paint color. I chose a different colors for the 2 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.
After the house structure is firmly glued together then you can center the portico and glue it on with the glue tabs folded in the back. Here the only trick is to glue the sides so that they don’t bend inward or outward too much. Sometimes it’s a little hard to keep the angles square.
Glue the Roof on
Glue the roof on the portico first because it’s easier to hold it in place if the main roof isn’t on yet.
Paint your roof whatever color you like. I’ve been using the Tim Holtz Distress Paints which work so well together. If you are going to add shingles, paint the under layer so you won’t see raw cardboard on the edges or if you miss a spot with the shingles. You can add shingles 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 because sometimes there is an angle you have to compensate for.
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. 5, I kept them kind of simple just the like previous houses, but you can go bat crazy if you want. I did include several bats on the roof of the one of the houses.
Thank you for visiting me on the 5th day of the 13 days of Halloween. See you tomorrow.
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