Glittery Halloween Houses

Hi all! It's another 'Shelly Loves Halloween' post for you! With fall just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to get a head start on some holiday decorations.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

I love the new birdhouse die from Eileen Hull's Picket Fence collection and decided it would make adorable little Halloween houses. Lots of glitter and a few different die cuts transform the birdhouses into a spooky, sparkly cottages that would look cute in any decor. Once the framework is done, you can let your imagination run wild with your embellishments! Here's how I made mine:

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

Begin by cutting white mat board using Eileen Hull's 3D Birdhouse die.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

Paint roof of house black and house and bottom panel purple (or whatever your desired color). The finish doesn't have to be perfect - we just don't want any white showing through after we apply the glitter.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

Before assembling, apply glue to roof and coat with black glitter. Repeat the process with the house, using purple glitter. When dry, assemble house according to directions.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

Cut pieces of mat board or chipboard measuring 2.5 x 2" and paint black on both sides. Set aside to dry.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

Paint unfinished wood candlesticks with black acrylic paint. I joined two together to make the tallest stand. Let dry.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

When all pieces are dry, adhere birdhouse to chipboard piece and then to the stand. Now we can decorate!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

For the purple house, I used the smallest of  Tim Holtz's Sized Arches to create a little door. The bird was cut from chipboard using Tim's Mini Bird and Cage Movers and Shapers set. I added a Halloween Muse Token to the top of the house, and Tinsel Twine to the bottom.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

For the orange house, I added a glittered spider cut using Tim Holtz's Mini Spider and 31 set. To decorate the front, I cut a little window using one of the dies from his Openings Movers and Shapers set. The little banner was created with Tim's new Spooktacular Strip Die.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittery Halloween Houses by Shelly Hickox

The green house is decorated with a little wreath that's been colored with Adirondack Colorwash. On the front, I added '31' cut from chipboard using the Mini Spider and 31 set. The tiny skull was cut from Tim's new Bats and Crossbones Garland die. To finish it off, I added a little bat cut from chipboard using the Bewitching Hour die. It's attached to a thin wire that's glued behind the house, under the eaves.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to make some little houses of your own. I can't wait to make to make a few for Christmas too!

Shelly

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sizzix die cutting supplies

Surfaces: Chipboard | Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Seedless Preserves, Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint; Plaid Black acrylic | Glitter: Tim Holtz Distress Glitter - Seedless Preserves, Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint | Adhesive: Beacon 3-in-1, Ranger Glue 'n Seal, Hot Glue | Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Woodlands Wreath, Halloween Muse Token, Tinsel Twine | Other: Wire, Wood Candlesticks

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