Why Write this Paper Crafting Blog?
I decided to start this blog because I am busy making lots of little Halloween cardboard houses to sell for the Head Start school we support for Christmas. I kept posting them on my "Green in Greenville" blog which was mostly about what I've done to make my home (and family member's homes) more energy efficient. I am very serious about energy efficiency and conservation of resources so my crafty articles didn't match very well with that blog. Hence this new paper crafting blog. It frees me up to be more creative.
First Post - Example of my Early Miniature Halloween Houses
For my first post I am going to show you photos of the Halloween cardboard houses I've already finished, I hope you enjoy them. Each house is named and I'll give you a little background on each one. They are listed below in roughly the order that I made them. I've got a total of 20 houses, though I'm not posting all of those in this post. (UPDATED May 2021 - I've probably made over 200 houses by now.)
Three Gable Gothic Halloween House
Three Gable Gothic is the name of this house. I wanted the gables to be elongated and kind of spooky. The eerie tree is made from an obsolete Tim Holtz Sizzix die. To make it stand up, I cut one tree in half and glued it to the back.
For the base, I debated over and over and finally glued it to a cardboard book I made. I am very happy about how it looks.
I call this house - 5 Gable Gothic. I think I did a much better job on the arches and the roof on this pattern. I like the arched windows too. This one also needs a base and decor.
This house is just called the Green House. It's based on a style of little cardboard houses called "Hacienda" houses. It's another house that is not on a base or fully decorated which will make a huge difference in how it looks.
I call this the Flying Witch House. It is one of my favorites. I really worked hard on the shingles and I hand drew the wood grain on the paper covering the house. The fence is a retired Martha Stewart punch that I really like. And the witch is also made from a retired Martha Stewart punch that I bought on ebay.
My younger brother loves this house. It is called the Flying Bat house because of the 6 bats that are dangling from the house. They are hard to see in the photo though. John loves this house because the door is in the shape of a coffin and he just thinks that is so cool.
The Silhouette House is a very fun house because all of the windows and even the door have silhouettes in them that look great when light shines through them. I really like this house. Again - gotta put it on a base and add some halloween decor.
Clock House on a Frost Morn Halloween House
Finally, the Black Hat Inn Halloween House with Flying Witches
I actually have one other project I've completed, but I don't have good photos. It is more like a diorama than a house per se. I will post this project when I have good photos.
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