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Chalkboard Haunted House DIY

by Jenny Batt

I like simple Halloween decorations, nothing too fancy or scary. Not too much glitter or glitz and no blood. I have wanted a plain haunted house for along time and check my options every year. When I found these plain paper mache houses, I knew I had my winner. Add a little spray paint and voila. The perfect Halloween house.

You will need:

paper mache house
chalkboard spray paint
yellow tissue paper

Gather your supplies. Take your house outside and spray paint the insides of the house and roof. This should be a nice thin and even coat of paint. Let dry. Repeat and let dry. Flip over the roof and spray paint the outside of it with two thin coats like before. Also paint the outside of the house, too.  If it is too cold outside to spray paint, we were pushing it at our house, you can buy regular chalkboard paint to brush on.

Once dry, take the house back inside. Cut 3 sheets of tissue paper to fit the inside of the windowed walls of the house. Tape it inside the house, making sure the tissue lays flat against the windows.  Repeat for all three windowed walls. That’s it.

A spooky house that isn’t too spooky. A brush of black glitter would be fun on the roof.  Add haunted words or a ghost or two with chalk. Add an LED votive to the inside of these and they glow at night, very spooky, and have a Haunted Halloween!


  1. Martha

    October 29, 2012

    This is so cute!! I love the black beans around the base. Wish we had Hobby Lobby in Canada, I’ll have to check out Michael’s. I still have a can of partially used chalkboard paint…

  2. laura parke

    October 29, 2012

    i’m all for a halloween craft without blood! such a cute idea!

  3. Ashley

    October 29, 2012

    So clever! Who would have thought those houses work for more than just Christmastime?

  4. Alessandra

    October 29, 2012

    xxxx Alessandra

  5. Tara of Mad Max and Family

    October 29, 2012

    Wow! What a great idea, and it looks great too. I’ll have to maybe do that next year.


  6. Brittni

    October 29, 2012

    What a cute idea. Jenny always comes up with such awesome projects. I love this.

  7. Kelsey Elizabeth

    October 29, 2012

    Ahh this is too cute! You could totally reuse it too in a non-spooky way 🙂
    Time Stand Still

  8. À pieds de chaussettes

    October 29, 2012

    Great idea ! So cute 🙂
    Wish I wished halloween 🙂 I think I could find another way to use this great idea !

  9. Keri-Ann

    October 29, 2012

    LOVE this – it’s so simple (and simple is my friend!)

  10. Erica

    October 29, 2012

    I’m with you on the desire for simple Halloween decorations. Seriously loving this project!

  11. Jules

    October 29, 2012

    I love this. Simple, elegant, and tasteful.

  12. LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    October 29, 2012

    Such a cute idea.

  13. Carrie // cue the confetti

    October 29, 2012

    Ok, this is too cute and so easy! What a great idea. I love the “boo!” on the front.

  14. abby

    October 29, 2012

    Such an effective, simple idea! I love it 🙂

  15. Theresa

    October 29, 2012

    I love this! I have become obsessed with chalkboard paint!


  16. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    October 29, 2012

    I’m all about Halloween decorations, but this is much more understated and chic. Great idea! I bet you could switch in white tissue paper for an even more subtle, monochromatic look.

    From reading your blog over the past month, I’m guessing you throw one mad Halloween party with some great costumes!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  17. Kacie

    October 29, 2012

    I wish wish wish I had time to make this before Halloween! I’m saving it for next year. I LOVE it!


  18. Jenni Bailey

    October 29, 2012

    Perfection. I think I’m going to make myself a Christmas village in this same vein. I love the idea of a holiday village tableau but I detest every one I’ve ever seen in a store.

  19. Ali

    October 29, 2012

    What a cute idea! Dying to use chalkboard paint…

  20. Yelle

    October 29, 2012

    This is such a cute idea! I love the yellow windows of a lighted house!

  21. mpksmile

    October 29, 2012

    Very cute idea !

  22. Lexy

    October 29, 2012

    Jenny knocks it out of the park again! I swear, that girl has skill. I love this house so much!

  23. Nienke

    October 30, 2012

    Such a lovely DIY! Call me lazy, but I would use this house again with Christmas! Just put a light in it and ‘voila’! I love little houses in my windowsill, when it’s dark and cold outside!

  24. jes anthonis

    October 30, 2012

    i love these simple houses!
    i think i’ll add some black glitter to my roof, but i love your idea!!!

  25. anna

    October 30, 2012

    exactly, not too spooky 🙂
    thanks very much again Jordan!

  26. Pier Caps

    October 30, 2012

    Great project for the hallowean season. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Paige

    October 30, 2012

    Adorable. A clever and fresh way to decorate for the holidays.

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