When I saw someone spray painting birdhouses in my Instagram feed it was instant Halloween inspiration. I love creating new DIY Halloween decorations each year and turning these birdhouses into haunted houses is such a fun idea for creating a haunted village.
On a routine trip to JoAnn Fabrics I perused the clearance aisle and found these three birdhouses for less than $2 each. They were a bit broken and missing some pieces making them even more perfect for turning them into DIY haunted houses. I grabbed some spray paint and got right to it.
DIY Halloween Decorations Materials
- primer spray paint
- spray paint (I used this Krylon Anvil Gray Chalkboard Paint)
I always recommend priming the surface before painting anything. Painting without priming first can cause paint to chip. While these bare wood birdhouses would likely hold the spray paint just fine, adding primer first will ensure it holds up year after year.
Next up is a couple thin coats of spray paint with some dry time between layers. I chose a charcoal gray chalkboard paint to give them a nice chalky, matte finish. Optionally, these haunted birdhouses could be painted with acrylic craft paint and a paint brush.
An overnight drying session is all these DIY Halloween decorations need. I recommend leaving these to dry overnight in a garage or sheltered area to keep any debris or moisture from getting on the houses.
For my little haunted village I combined a variety of other Halloween decorations like torn cheesecloth, decorative pumpkins, and Halloween figurines. Don’t you think that tall peak with the keyhole is just perfect for a haunted house?
I love that these DIY Halloween decorations can be mixed and matched to create a new look each year.
Have you created haunted birdhouses? Show me in the comments below.