Triple Gable Gothic is Halloween House No. 7 for the 13 Days of Halloween series. This house is unique with 3 steep gables for the roofline and stamped with spooky patterns for extra Halloween effect. You can make this little Halloween house to add to your Halloween village with the free pattern from the Paper Glitter Glue library.
Let's get started in this fun miniature Halloween house.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE The Triple Gable Gothic HOUSE?
Download the free pattern at the Paper Glitter Glue Library
As always, you can find all my free patterns in my Paper Glitter Glue Library. I list the patterns chronologically. Which means you will find the newest 13 Days of Halloween paper house pattern in the 2018 section of the library.
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- Halloween House No. 7 Pattern PDF or SVG files
- Tracing paper (if tracing to the cardboard)
- Cardboard (this house needs to be made of cardboard because of the steep gables)
- Cutting Mat - this is my favorite cutting mat
- Metal-edged ruler - even if you use a Cricut or other automatic cutting machine, a metal-edged ruler helps for folding and scoring
- Craft knife and/or scissors
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue or other white PVA glue
- Paint – I use Tim Holtz Distress Paints because these paints work so well for Halloween projects. I also use either white or black gesso to prime my houses before I paint them.
- Colored pens, pencils if desired
- Paintbrushes - you need small brushes for details
- Various Halloween Embellishments - I make little pumpkins from polymer clay that are easy and fun to make.
BRIEF OUTLINE OF DIRECTIONS
- Download and print pattern
- Copy pattern to cardboard
- Score, then cut out pattern, and a small cardboard base
- Prime the house with the base color
- Stamp with the design of your choice
- Add windows and doors
- Fold and glue house together
- Glue the roof to the house
- Paint cardboard base
- Glue to base
- Decorate your little house
- 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 Paper House No. 13
And here is the very first Triple Gable Gothic house that I made.
HOW TO MAKE THE Triple Gable Gothic – HALLOWEEN PAPER HOUSE NO. 7
DOWNLOAD AND PRINT PATTERN FOR THE TRIPLE GABLE GOTHIC HALLOWEEN HOUSE
First download and print the PDF pattern.
This pattern has been updated as an SVG pattern which you can download from the Paper Glitter Glue library as well.
NOW COPY PATTERN TO CARDBOARD
Use whatever method you want to copy the pattern to your cardboard.
SCORE, THEN CUT OUT PATTERN AND A SMALL CARDBOARD BASE
For these little houses, cut out a small piece cardboard a little bit larger than the house. They don’t need to be anything fancy. In fact, I think irregular works better for this little Halloween neighborhood.
PRIME THE HOUSE WITH THE BASE COLOR
To mix things up on this pattern, I've painted one house black and one house white. Both are painted with gesso because it makes such a nice base.
Stamp with the design of your choice
To add texture of the surface of the Triple Gable Gothic houses I used two different Stampers Anonymous stamps. One is called Planks and the other is Tangled Webs. They are perfect for decorating the surface very easily.
Add windows and doors
Before you add the windows and doors, remember the front piece is the one WITHOUT the glue tab. The glue tab always goes in the back. Well, if you remember. Sometimes I decorate the wrong piece and the glue tab seam ends up in the front. Just paint the seam to keep it from showing up too much.
So on the last house, I told you that I figured out the easiest way to make windows and doors for these houses because I am trying to keep these houses simple. Basically, just cut out little squares and rectangles for the windows and doors, then paint them. That way if you mess one up during painting you can just discard it. I prefer cardboard over paper because it gives a little dimension to the window or door.
Also it helps to glue the windows and doors on the house before you glue it together.
Fold and glue the little Halloween house together
Now fold the house along the scored lines and glue the house together with the glue tab in the back. Let dry.
Glue the roof to the house
Here we go. The only hard step on the Triple Gable Gothic Halloween house is gluing the 3 pieces of the roof onto the gables. I tried making the roof with just one piece, but it didn't work. I found the cardboard folds were too thick and wouldn't fit down in the sharp angles of the gables so I went with 3 different pieces. You'll see several photos to help you with this step.
First glue the tallest middle gable roof in place
First glue the middle gable piece in place. Apply a thick bead of glue to the middle tallest gable. Then apply the folded middle roof in place. Try to center it over the gables so that there is an equal overhang on the front and back. The tip of the middle gable is skinny and pretty flexible. Sometimes I have to push it in place with a pencil or stylus.
Hold in place to let it dry. This is critical because the next 2 sections are dependent upon this one being secured.
Next glue the next two roof pieces to the other gables
After the first middle piece has been glued on, glue on the next 2 roof pieces. Again try to center them on the roof with equal distance of overhang on the front and back. It doesn't always work. Mine are often uneven, but I think I notice it more than anyone else.
Paint cardboard base
Now that you have the roof in place, your little Halloween house is basically done. Pick a contrasting color for the base and paint it. Distress the base with paint it if you like. That's one of my favorite details.
Glue to base
To glue the house to the base, apply a thick bead of glue onto the bottom of the house and apply to the cardboard base. Let dry.
Decorate your little house
Finally we come to decorating part of making the little house. Just like the other houses, I am keeping in simple with the same little polymer pumpkins. And once again, I suggest you use more imagination than I have. Go wild with your little Triple Gable Gothic Halloween House. This is one of my favorite designs. Tomorrow's house is a variation on the Triple Gable Gothic. It's a miniature Bat Wing House. I think it looks really cute, too - I mean spooky.
If my directions aren't clear, please let me know. Leave a comment or email me at [email protected] and I will be glad to help.
See you tomorrow with the Miniature Bat Wing House.
P.S. I am adding this house to this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge called Halloween/Spooky. They always have inspiring projects on that challenge. Check it out.