Spooky season is here! It’s the first day of October, and I couldn’t be more excited to share my latest project with you! Feast your eyes on this terrifically terrifying new paper craft: my 3D haunted house.
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Halloween is easily my favorite crafting season, and I have created so many projects that I’m proud of and excited about: but this one takes the cake! From conceptualizing, to sketching, to designing, to building, this 3D haunted house has just been so much fun to make.
Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.
- Hot Glue
- Foam Tape (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D haunted house pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Assembling the Base
2. Let’s start with something easy!
Simply fold along the score lines, and attach the tabs inside to create your base.
Assembling the House
3. Start by attaching all of your window and embellishment pieces before building up the structure itself.
I glued the vellum windows, as well as the black window panes, to the backside of the house pieces, and attached everything else to the front.
Also, I used hot glue for pretty much everything, but did find a glue stick easier to work with while adhering the really thin wainscoting, border pieces.
4. After all the little details are there, you can fold and start to assemble the main structure. Hold off on doing the center section at this time.
5. Next, shingle the small, middle roof section of your house by layering rows of shingles in an alternating pattern. (Note: there are two different shingle designs included to aid in this process. I find it helpful to sort them out before I begin a roofing job such as this.)
Once that section is finished, attach it, along with the small window frame, to the larger piece. There will also be another rectangular piece you’ll need to attach to either the right or left side of the main shape.
Then, fold along the score lines, and assemble the section like so.
6. Now that you’ve had some practice, you are ready for the real roofing task! Layer your shingle strips one at a time, and cover the entire roof piece like so.
7. Now it’s time to put all the pieces together.
Start by sliding the center section into place and gluing the tabs to the inside of the main house structure.
Then, attach the roof fencing, and place the roof on top of the house. (Note: the doors on this haunted house do, in fact, function, so you can put a flameless candle inside if you desire. But, if you’d like easier access to the inside of your haunted house, simply refrain from gluing down the back section of your roof.)
Once that is all put together, you can add those spider webs to the front by attaching the tabs to the center section and the underside of the roof.
8. For the final details, start by layering your jack-o-lanterns and assembling your stairs.
Attach the house to your base, along with the jack-o-lanterns and cat, using the tabs provided. Attach the spooky tree to the house using foam tape.
Lastly, attach the fence to the perimeter of the base, and the stairs in between the pumpkin-topped columns.
I really tried to go all out with the little details on this one! And I actually had even more ideas, but I forced myself to reign it in a little bit. If I hadn’t, this could have easily become a never ending project for me!
Overall, though, I am just so pleased that I was able to make something that draws the eye from any angle.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other Halloween freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy creating your very own 3D haunted house! I hope you have as much fun putting it together as I did. Be sure to share your masterpiece with me on Instagram!
Watch the video tutorial for this design here:
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