The Bat Wing house concept evolved from a much simpler Halloween house to the Counts Awaits as the second Bat Wing house to the Count's Keep which you see at the very top of this post. Each little house has its appeal, but the Count's Keep Halloween house fits my vision of how the Bat Wing Halloween house is supposed to look.
Bat Wing Halloween House Links
Previous posts on how to make the Bat Wing Halloween House are included in the links below:
- Design Concept for the Bat Wing Halloween House - includes information on making a base to show off the Bat Wing House
- How to Make Basic Cardboard Structure for the Bat Wing Halloween House
- How to Make Bat Wings for your Halloween House Roof
- Add a Moon background to the Bat Wing House
Home Improvements on the Count's Keep
The Count's Keep "home improvements" include:
- Change colors
- More prominent spiderweb design
- Door to open easier to show the Count inside
- Rounded, longer bat wings
- Wider base
- Add a stone wall
You can see them side by side below. I always like to change the houses up a little bit, but since the basic design was so similar I decided to change the color scheme. Purple is a little more Halloweeny, I think. Truthfully, though, I like the blue better because it shows up better and I'm just a blue person - that's all there is to it.
More prominent Spider Web Design
I was able to make the spider web embossed design standout so much better by using some advice I got on the Creative Carte Blanche Facebook page. Anne suggested using a gilding paste, but I don't have any white paste like that. It gave me an idea though. I first painted it with my finger like I would rub on gilding paste. It was a little messy so I decided to paint the white on by pulling a brush that had just a little white paint on it parallel to the surface of the house - just enough to catch the embossing and paint it. It worked.
Now the question is - does it make the house look better? I think the subtle design of the first one is my preference. Maybe the windows make it look too busy, because I do like the way the painted spiderweb on the back looks as opposed to the one distressed with white paint.
Door Opening Reinforced with Bookbinder's Tape
I reinforced the door with bookbinder's tape so the door can be opened and closed repeatedly without falling off. I forgot to do that on the first house.
Improved Bat Wing Design
The bat wing is longer and wider on this house and the back part of the wing roofline is curved. I think it looks better, though I don't know if it is worth the trouble to do that.
Wider, more stable Base
I really like this base with the inset stairs which wrote about in this post.
I painted the rocky base and then went over it lightly with black paint to make striations to look like stratified rock layers.
Stone Wall for the Count's Keep Halloween House
The wall is made with a Tim Holtz stone stencil from Stamper's Anonymous. I made caps for the posts and stuck a bead in the middle. The bead is anchored in the post with a wire through it so it is not easy to pull off.
That's the latest House for Habitat. My next crafty project should be some graduation cards though I am currently lacking in design inspiration.
P.S. Click here to see a YouTube video of the entire Halloween village of Halloween Houses for Habitat from this year. It's also on this page summarizing the all the Halloween houses made in 2017.
Next house might have round turret or two. That's the plan, anyway. Thank you for reading. Have a good day.