Halloween haunted house inspiration hit when I saw someone spray painting birdhouses in my Instagram feed. I love creating new DIY Halloween decorations each Halloween season and turning these basic birdhouses into haunted houses is such a fun idea for creating a mini Halloween village.
While on a regular trip to JoAnn 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 perfect for transforming into DIY Halloween haunted houses. I grabbed some spray paint and got right to it.
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DIY Halloween Haunted House Materials
- primer spray paint
- spray paint (I used this Krylon Anvil Gray Chalkboard Paint)
It’s always recommended to prime a surface before painting anything. Painting without priming first can cause the paint to chip. While these bare wood birdhouses would likely hold the spray paint just fine, adding primer first will ensure they hold up for years to come.
Next up is a couple of thin coats of spray paint with some dry time in 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 paintbrush.
An overnight drying session is all these DIY Halloween haunted houses 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. They’re looking spooky already!
DIY Halloween Witches
Can you hear that cackling laugh? These three Halloween witches appear as if they’re floating around a cauldron.
For my little Halloween haunted house 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 Halloween haunted birdhouses? Show me in the comments below.