Make your own model haunted house!

You will need:
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard box card
  • Cereal box card
  • Tall milk or juice carton
  • Drinking straws
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black marker
  • PVA glue
  • Water
  • Tissue paper or kitchen roll
  • Sticky tape
  • Sweet tubes
  • Cereal box card
Start by cutting a jagged base shape from cardboard box card.
Scrunch up some pieces of newspaper and stick them to the base with tape.
Don't be too neat with this - you need them to look uneven and rock-like.
Next, take a tall milk or juice carton.

Wash it out first, and cut off the bottom.
Also carefully cut out an arch doorway, like this.

This will be the main body of the haunted house.
Crush the bottom of the carton so that it goes wonky...
...then tape it to the newspaper rocks on the base.
The towers are made from empty sweet tubes.

Cut three or four to different heights.
Now make some card cones like these, for the rooves.
The easy way to make cones is to use semicircles of cereal box cards.

With your finger in the middle of the straight edge, roll the card from one side to the other.
Where your finger is will be the point of the cone.

Use sticky tape to secure the card in place.
Stick the cones to the tops of the sweet tubes.

Use plenty of tape.
Tape the finished turrets to the carton, near the top.
They do look a little bit neat, so once they're in position, gently crush them so that they look gnarled and weather-beaten.
That completes the basic structure.

You can now add smaller spooky details like windows...
...a portcullis...
...steps or gravestones... using leftover bits and bobs.

For the steps, fold a strip of cereal box card into a concertina shape.
Make it slightly narrower at one end.
Tape the narrow end of the steps inside the arch doorway so that the rest of them go down to the rocks.
For windows, cut out card shapes and stick twisted bits of tissue on top for frames.
Stick two onto the front of the carton to make the house look like it has eyes.

You can stick smaller windows on the turrets, too.
The portcullis is made by cutting up small drinking straw and sticking the pieces onto a strip of tape.
Just stick the portcullis onto the inside of the arch doorway.
You can also make rickety railings from straws and gravestones from card.
To make the haunted house look cracked and crumbly, mix PVA glue in equal parts with water, and paste the mixture onto everything.
Lay on bits of torn tissue paper or kitchen roll.

Cover the whole thing in this way - pushing into all the nooks and crannies.
When the glue has dried, it will go hard, leaving the Haunted House looking something like this.
Now you can paint it.

Start with purple for the main part of the house.
Use a darker shade for the turrets...
...and use green around the base.
Use darker green to give it extra depth...
...and yellow for lighter areas.
When it's dry it should look something like this.

You can then pick out extra detail with black marker.
Why not make a backdrop for your haunted house, too?

Just paint a flat piece of cardboard box card.
See what it looks like with the lights down...
...and why not experiment with a torch to get a moonlit effect?

Try it yourself!