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.
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:
Begin by cutting white mat board using Eileen Hull's 3D Birdhouse die.
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.
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.
Cut pieces of mat board or chipboard measuring 2.5 x 2" and paint black on both sides. Set aside to dry.
Paint unfinished wood candlesticks with black acrylic paint. I joined two together to make the tallest stand. Let dry.
When all pieces are dry, adhere birdhouse to chipboard piece and then to the stand. Now we can decorate!
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.
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.
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!