As a continuation of the Halloween project I made as a guest designer for the Frilly and Funky “Haberdashery” challenge, I’m going to write more about the actually construction of Hilda’s Haberdashery – a miniature Halloween shop that sells the Finest Capes and Hats this side of the Moon.
I talked about making the decorative Halloween elements that make up Hilda’s miniature Haberdashery in the previous post. This post is about making the actual structure for the little cardboard Halloween shop. When you look at the pattern for Hilda’s shop you will see that it is a very simple pattern. I planned it that way to showcase the capes and hats more effectively. That’s why there is no border around the back edge of the house like on the Apothecary Halloween House and the Halloween Used Bookstore.
The structure is different as well. Because I wanted the witches’ hats on the top shelf it made sense for the peak of the house to be in the middle on a gable front house (instead of on the sides). That let me add different hat sizes to the top shelf.
- Frilly and Funkie Haberdasher Challenge
- Miniature Halloween Haberdashery
- Apothecary Halloween House
- Miniature Used Bookstore (Harlequin House)
- Miniature Broom Tutorial
- Stone Texture Tutorial
- Cardboard – free Miniature Haberdashery Shop pattern here
- Aleene’s Fast Grab Glue or similar glue
- Texture paste or Grit paste
- Paint colors of your choice
- Siding for the house
- Decorative Halloween decorative elements such as creepy trees, miniature brooms, tiny pumpkins, in addition to the sewing items for the Haberdashery shop
Steps for Making Your Miniature Halloween Shop
Briefly, these are the steps in making this little cardboard Halloween shop:
- Copy and cut out the pattern
- Decorate the outside of the house
- Make reinforcement cardboard pieces to provide good support for the house
- Decorate the inside of the house
- Make shelf and base for the miniature Halloween shop
- Glue the house together
- Glue the roof on and install the shelf and base or floor of the shop
- Add the shingles or roofing of choice
- Make and paint the base
- Glue the house to the base
- Add the final decorative elements to the your Halloween shop
Overall this is a very easy house to build since it is a simple structure. What makes this house interesting is the decor.
Download the pattern to make your Miniature Hilda’s Haberdashery shop from my resource library.
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Detailed Information to Construct Your Own Two-Sided Apothecary Halloween House
Copy the pattern onto your cardboard, score and cut the pattern
The pattern itself is very simple – it is a basic gable house with the back open. I generally make my patterns so they fit on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and cardboard. This house is taller than usual to make room for the decorative elements in the back. You may shrink or enlarge your pattern to whatever size you want depending on your sources of paper and size of cardboard.
Once you have the pattern copied, the score along the fold lines BEFORE you cut it out. It is so much easier to score before you cut because you have a bigger area to hold on to.
Prime the outside of the house with gesso.
Decorate the outside of your Halloween House
Prepare to stencil the stone surface on Hilda’s Haberdashery by taping the stencil to the front of the house. I altered this Stampers Anonymous stencil (mini layering stencil #28) by gluing 2 stencils together because I use it so much for my little houses. I trimmed off the borders of one side on each stencil and glued overlapping material together with E6000 glue. It works nicely.
Though you don’t have to alter your own stencil – just use a thin layer of texture paste or grit paste and let it dry before you stencil other areas. No matter how you use the stencil, let each side dry before moving on. The Ranger texture and grit pastes dry pretty quickly.
I used Ranger Grit paste here because I love the way the gritty texture mimics the stone surface.
Paint the Decorative Stone Texture on the Little Haberdashery Shop
Once everything is stenciled and dry, you get to paint now. You’ll find a detailed tutorial on making the stone texture here. You can even find a copy of the tutorial in my resource library. I think the painting part is fun, not tedious. And it is easier than it looks. First, paint the color of the mortar between the stones. Generally, I paint it lighter than the stones themselves. To add variation to the background color of mortar, I mixed gesso with Hickory Smoke distress paint where some areas are lighter and some areas are darker.
There’s a lot of variation just with the very first layer of color on the stones. Then add successive colors to suggest all the gradations of color in stone. 2-4 more colors works nicely. If you mess up, just dab it with a paper towel to absorb the paint.
Windows and the Door for the Miniature Haberdashery
For windows I combined the Village Belltower windows painted with Faded Jeans distress paint with the black painted shutters from the Village Bungalow Sizzix dies. I traced the door from the Village Bungalow to make my own door with a frame around it. Tiny silver brads function as door knobs.
Now be sure to leave space for the hanging sign when you plan placement of the windows and doors.
Please note it is easier to glue on windows and doors at this stage than when the house is all glued together.
Reinforce the Sides of the house with extra cardboard
Because of all the paint and paste on the front of the house, I reinforced the back side of the house with extra cardboard. It makes a very sturdy little house structure.
Decorate the inside of the house
Since the Frilly and Funkie challenge is to include sewing elements, I decorated the inside of the shop with the Stampers Anonymous sewing stamps from a set called Inventor 3. The background is the Ornate part of the Ornate and Lace set of stamps also by Stampers Anonymous. I talked about that in the previous post of Hilda’s Haberdashery.
Make a shelf and a floor for your Miniature Halloween Shop
Make the top shelf and wooden floor for your little Halloween shop by covering cardboard with stamped or embossed papers.
Glue the house together
Now you can glue the house together since you have all the elements done. You get an idea of how to glue the roof flaps in the photo below. The side roof flaps go under the angled flaps attached to the front gable.
Then glue on the floor of the little shop and the top shelf. The naked cardboard on the sides was covered with more stamped wallpaper.
Glue on the roof
Glue on the roof on top of the house. I think of it as an over-roof. It gives extra support and a nice surface for shingles. I always paint it before I glue it on because we can’t have raw cardboard showing. For this little house I painted the entire piece black.
Despite the fact that shingles always take me a long time, I can’t avoid them because they add so much to the house. I used one of the Village Rooftop dies again. First I painted them black and then distressed them with Faded Jeans. It’s a combination I really like.
Make and decorate the base
Sometimes I have no idea what to do for a base of one of my little cardboard houses. But I knew what to do for this one. First, I had already chosen the color – Faded Jeans, of course. Then I knew I wanted it seriously distressed with black. One of the reasons I love the dabber tops on the Distress Paint line is because it makes such lovely striations, really great streaky effects – better than I can get with a paint brush. I also added some Chipped Sapphire as well.
And I added a second thick layer of cardboard under the base to protect the Hilda’s Haberdashery sign in the front and to protect the whole little house really.
If you use two pieces for the base, glue those two together before you glue the house structure to the top.
Glue the house to the base
Finally, glue the little house (the miniature shop) to the base. Let it dry completely before you add other elements because it will shift on you and you will look at it and think, “I know I centered that before I glued it on.” These little houses will mess with you sometimes.
Add the final decorative elements to your fun little Halloween shop
Almost done. I added a twisted tree I made to the little Haberdashery. Hilda’s sign says “The Finest capes and hats this side of the moon.” Two extra last minute details really add to the house, I think. One is the walkway from the door and the other is stamping spider webs from the Stampers Anonymous “Tangled Webs” stamp. Those spooky little webs stamp so nicely and look so cool on any Halloween project. Later I’ll probably add some more pumpkins as well.
Anything else needed to be added?
What do you think? Let me know if you have any questions about making this Halloween project. Also if you have any ideas for future projects, I would love to hear from you.
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