Thursday, October 27, 2011

Recycled haunted house



Ok, so we made this haunted house last year, but my kids absolutely loved making it.  We had been to the library where there was a display of recycled art that kids of varying ages had made and it was so awesome.  That's where the inspiration for this haunted house came from. 

When I brought it out this year as a decoration, they just want to play with it.  I think we need to make more, but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

We took a couple of empty boxes {we used a tissue box, a necklace box, and some plastic baby food containers} and painted them.  At the time, it was just Lou and Maisy doing the painting because Mina was too  young still.   Each of us painted a different part of the house.




Lou {whose favorite color is purple} painted this section of egg carton to go on top of the house.  Maisy painted the necklace box a spooky red color, and I painted the base of the house black. 




Then they each painted a baby food container, but then they decided to stack them all and attach them to the roof as a chimney.





After the paint was dry I was able to take carefully cut out some windows.  We added orange crepe paper  to hang from the inside of the windows to make it appear as if the lights were on inside.  I've also now added a battery-powered tea light for fun. 

Once we decided on how to attach the boxes together to make our house the girls added some foam stickers.  This year I am unable to keep those stickers attached because Mina likes to take them off and have them play inside the house. 


Have you made a haunted house?  What did you use to make it?  

5 comments:

  1. Ohh, that's so neat! I can understand why she wants the sticker to play inside the house. :) R has been playing with some halloween themed erasers for over a week now. He would love this! This is such a wonderful decoration and play space.

    I made a haunted house out of a pumpkin, but it's not very elaborate. I posted it anyways, even though it didn't turn out the way I was thinking, at all. Grand plans falling flat. R likes it, so I guess that's all that really matters. Haha.

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  2. how fabulous - that is really neat! It is a great play toy & decoration.

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  3. Wow! What a fabulous haunted house and love all the "bits" are recycled. Simply perfect!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  4. What a fun idea! Love it- and I just pinned it! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

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