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Haunted House – A Fun Halloween Decoration Made from Cartons

We love decorating our home for Halloween! It is such a fun time of year to get crafty and see what you can make. And we love spooky…but cute spooky, which means everyone can enjoy it—even the smallest among us.

Today, we’d like to share how to make a fun haunted house. And the best part? It’s made from recycled materials! There is nothing more satisfying than turning something that is deemed no longer useful into a decoration for your home or something that you can play with. It makes crafting really inexpensive too, which is always an added bonus.

Let’s get started on our project!

Materials Needed


  • 3 empty juice or milk cartons (They can be different sizes or all the same size; see what you can find in your recycling box.)
  • Scissors
  • Orange, yellow, white or red tissue paper or foil (Even better if you can recycle wrapping paper.)
  • Glue and staplers
  • Black acrylic paint
  • 3 electric tea lights
  • Any spooky accessories you can find (We used a silver pen for cobwebs, googly eyes and orange paper for pumpkins.)

How to Make Your Haunted House

  • 1.  

    Decide on what sort of shape you want your house to look like. We liked one tall central building with two smaller side parts, so we cut two of the cartons down. Use a pen to mark your windows and where to cut. (Note that cartons have different tops. We decided to make ours look in different directions. See below.)

  • 2.  

    Use big scissors to cut the bottoms of your cartons, and use small pointy scissors for windows and doors. A Stanley knife is handy for this too. Keep the carton bottoms for paint and water or make small boats with them. (Extra bit of recycling for you!)

  • 3.  

    Staple your 3 pieces together. Make sure you have the carton opening facing the right way. They will look like chimneys when you are done.

  • 4.  

    Get ready to paint! Acrylics really are the best type of paint for use on these types of cartons. (Enamel paints will work too, but you may find other paints don’t stick.) Paint your whole house and let it dry.

  • 5.  

    Once dry, use plastic foil or tissue paper to stick the windows in place.

  • 6.  

    Cut strips of black card to make the window frames. (Or you can simply paint these on too.) And since this is a haunted house, your windows don’t have to be straight!

  • 7.  

    Now, see what embellishments you have lying around. Paint or draw on cobwebs and add spooky googly eyes and pumpkins.

Doesn’t it look fabulous? And all made from juice or milk cartons! So great to recycle!



Wishing you a SPOOKY and FUN Halloween!


Maggy Woodley

Maggy Woodley is a mom of two, blogger and crafter. She runs the craft website Red Ted Art, and is soon to publish her first craft book for kids. Passionate about crafts, she is keen on inspiring everyone to “have a go” and have some fun, quality time with children. Each week she shares one kid’s craft and one “how to” to inspire children and adults alike.

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