The Medieval Haunted House is the 4th pattern in the 13 Days of Halloween challenge where we make a miniature paper Halloween house each day for 13 days. This little haunted house is inspired by the German Half-timbered houses but with an exaggerated roofline for the Halloween theme.
Here’s a photo of the paper-based Halloween Village as it stands on Day No. 4 of the Challenge
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 below 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.
Additional links to Information related to this tutorial:
- Previous houses with similar patterns to the Medieval Haunted 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 House No. 4, Free Medieval Haunted House paper pattern here
- Tracing paper (if you are copying the pattern to cardboard)
- Cutting Mat
- Metal-edged ruler
- Craft knife and scissors
- Aleene’s Fast Grab Glue or similar glue
- Paint colors of your choice
- Halloween embellishments
Briefly, these are the steps in making this cardboard house:
- Download the pattern and print
- Copy the pattern for the Medieval Haunted House onto cardboard, score the fold lines, cut out
- Prime and paint the house
- Paint or cut out windows.
- Glue house together along the glue tab
- Glue roof to house
- Cut out cardboard base, prime and paint
- Glue house to base and add embellishments
Detailed Information to Construct Your Own Miniature Medieval Haunted House
Download the pattern and print it
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 file includes:
- Printable PDF house pattern with directions
The SVG Zip file contains:
- SVG pattern for this house
- PDF pattern for this house
- Please note: I was unable to save it as a DXF file at this time, but I will be working on it.
Ok, confession time. I have been trying so hard to learn how to make good SVG files. But here is the problem. I just bought a Cricut Explorer last week, but I haven’t had time to set it up. That means I can’t test the patterns to see if they work. The first two patterns were checked and fixed by my friend, JenniferMaker.
She wrote the Cricut Coach Playbook and teaches this incredible course called A Cut Above teaching people how to make SVG patterns. I am taking the course now, but I am still very new at this.
But I hate to have to send my patterns to her each time so she can correct them. I did make an SVG pattern for this house, but I didn’t do the scoring layer because I don’t understand compound paths. Soon, I will be able to do that, but I couldn’t get it done for this house. What that means is that this SVG house pattern just has an outline of the house so you can cut out the pattern with your Cricut, but your will have to score the fold lines yourself. Fortunately, the scored lines are very simple – just 5 lines.
Copy the pattern onto your cardboard, score and cut the pattern
The pattern itself is simple – it is a basic gable house with a steeply curved roofline. 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 to your cardboard, the score along the fold lines before you cut it out. It is a little easier score before you cut.
Prime and paint the house
Next I prime my little houses with gesso (gesso is a white paint primer which prepares your cardboard to hold onto paint better). For this little house, I used white gesso, but often the Halloween houses get primed with black gesso.
And I chose kind of creepy colors for this set of Halloween houses – Dusty Concord, Crushed Olive, and Twisted Citron distress paints. Of all of these colors, my favorite house is painted with Twisted Citron.
Paint or Cut out Windows from cardboard
For these houses, I painted the windows directly on the surface of two of the sample houses, but I wanted the windows to show up better than that. So on the third house I cut out cardboard windows, painted them and glued them on. I like that technique so much better. And it’s not too hard to do. In fact, if you mess up a window this way you can just paint a new one and not worry about fixing it.
Finally glue the windows on before you glue the house together.
Glue house together along the glue tab
Structurally, this is a pretty simple house so just glue it along the glue tab. The only thing a little bit tricky is gluing the roof flaps together and then gluing them behind each gable of the house. The roof flaps keep the gables from flexing when you glue the roof on.
Glue roof to house
After you have glued the house together, you can now adhere the roof to the house. Gently curve the roof so it mimics the curve of the gables. Then run a bead of glue along the gable edges. Hold the roof in place until it is set. I usually hold this roof in place while the glue sets so I can maintain the curve of the roofline.
Cut out cardboard base, prime and paint
Again, this is a simple house with a simple base so all you need to do is cut an irregular piece of cardboard a little larger than the house itself. If you want elaborate landscaping or lots of Halloween embellishments, then cut a bigger base. Since I’m keeping these little paper houses pretty simple, I’ve been making the bases small.
When painting the base, choose a contrasting color to the house itself.
Now glue the house to the base
Just run a bead of glue along the bottom of the house and adhere to the base. These houses are small so they stick pretty easily to your cardboard base.
Time to Decorate Your Little Medieval Haunted House
Now you get to use your imagination and decorate the little haunted house however you want. I just added a few pumpkins and a tombstone from the Tim Holtz Village Graveyard dies sets. But probably the most effective design element on the house below is the shingles. I just cut cardboard painted black into strips and cut irregular shingles on the each strip. Then each strip was edged in Twisted Citron paint and distressed a little bit with Dusty Concord.
Tomorrow’s 13 Days of Halloween house is a design with a front portico. See you then.
And remember if you have any questions, I will be glad to help. Leave a comment here or email me at Lucy@paperglitterglue.com
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