This quick and Easy Haunted House Centerpiece was made with thrift store and Dollar Tree items in less than 30 minutes. I had a wooden tray and a primitive craft store house that served as the bedrocks for my centerpiece. With a little bit of black paint, skeletons, spider webs, and a jack-o-lantern, my little red house was transformed into a spooky shanty.
- wooden tray
- small house
- black shred (the kind you stuff in a gift bag)
- wooden jack-o-lantern
- 2 plastic skeletons
- stretchy spiders
- cardboard coffin
- 8” green polka dot ribbon for the hole in the stem of the wooden jack-o-lantern
- several 1” sponge bushes
- liner brush (not pictured)
- Folk Art 2934E Licorice, Apple Barrel 20503E White, 20589E Harvest Orange, and Americana Gloss Enamel Festive Green
Paint the house and tray inside and out with Licorice and the 1” sponge brush.
Paint some True Green streaks on the roof with the 1” sponge brush.
Write TURN BACK NOW on the front triangle with pencil, then paint with the liner brush and White. Place a skeleton inside the house, with his head and arm coming out of the window. Place the house on the tray, and surround it with the black shred.
Paint the coffin with the 1” sponge brush and Licorice. Place a skeleton inside and cover him with black shred. I placed mine in the “side yard” of the haunted house.
Paint the pumpkin Harvest Orange with the 1” sponge brush. After it dries, run the 8” ribbon through the hole on the stem and tie it in a knot. Cut a triangle shape into the ends of the ribbon, to give it a finished look. Place the finished pumpkin on the tray, in front of the haunted house.
Stretch the spiders across the house and tray. You could add candy, or potpourri pieces to the shred like I did, or just leave the black shred the way it is. You’re all done!
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