This October, learn how to make a Haunted Birdhouse to help decorate for Halloween. Kids love Halloween and get very excited to choose costumes, visit pumpkin farms, and trick-or-treat. Let them help decorate and make a fun craft, too!
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How to Make a Haunted Birdhouse
Decorate your mantle, sideboard, or any other surface in your house with this easy and fun Halloween Birdhouse craft. It’s a little bit spooky, but a lot of fun! Made with a craft store birdhouse and popsicle sticks of all sizes, it’s a seasonal decoration that kids will look forward to seeing every year.
Hang the birdhouse outdoors on a tree or unscrew the bottom platform to place a battery-operated tealight candle inside. It’s perfect for Halloween night!
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Craft Supplies Needed for Haunted Birdhouse Craft
- Wooden birdhouse – Check out these ones! I purchased my birdhouse at Joann’s, but am obsessing over that birdhouse with the fence. It would make a great haunted house! (I’m just going to have to make another one.)
- Acrylic paint (purple, orange, and grey)
- Natural wool roving or artificial spider web
- Popsicle sticks (standard, wide, and mini)
- Popsicle Stick Tombstone Printable
- Plastic spiders
- Hot glue or tacky craft glue
- Grey cardstock
- Painter’s Tape
Directions for Halloween Birdhouse
STEP 1: Paint the birdhouse. After gathering supplies, paint the birdhouse with acrylic paint. We found it helpful to use Blue Painter’s Tape for extra crisp lines. Allow the paint to dry completely between layers for creamy, solid colors!
We chose grey for the house, black for the roof and base, and purple for embellishments such as the chimney, peg, and window frame. Other great colors choices include:
- Lime green
STEP 2: Paint the popsicle sticks. Next, paint both sides of 4 wide popsicle sticks orange. Then paint 4 mini popsicle sticks purple, and 1 mini popsicle stick brown. When the paint is dry, glue them to the birdhouse as pictured below.
STEP 3: Make the tombstones. Click here to grab the directions and free printable template for the popsicle stick tombstone. Glue the tombstone to the front of the birdhouse.
STEP 4: Decorate the haunted house. Next, secure plastic spiders to the front of the birdhouse with glue. Stretch white wool roving (which is what we used) or artificial cobweb over the entire birdhouse.
STEP 5: Your Haunted Birdhouse is complete! Enjoy your new Halloween decoration!
Ideas for Enjoying Your Haunted Birdhouse
Not sure what to do with your Haunted Birdhouse? Here are some creative and fun extension ideas:
- Make several Halloween Birdhouses this year! It helps get everyone in the Halloween spirit while serving as a festive gift for neighbors and friends.
- The Haunted Birdhouse is a great handmade project for scouting troops or afterschool programs.
- Give the birdhouse to a teacher or neighbor in a “BOO Basket.”
- Place it on a table as a Halloween decoration for a bake sale or other community event.
- Display your Halloween Birdhouse with a stack of Halloween books and movies to inspire the kids.
- Let the kids use their new birdhouse in imaginary play—invite the kids to arrange a little Halloween scene with the birdhouse, mini pumpkins, and faux moss. They could even add some Halloween string lights to the scene! Make extra tombstones to create a graveyard. Once the scene is set, add something to it (like a mini skeleton) and see if the kids notice! Move things around and see how observant your kids are. Make a game of it! It’s an easy and fun way to connect with your kids.
More Halloween Crafts for Kids
- Halloween Sensory Bottles
- “My Little Pumpkin” Keepsake Craft
- Halloween Sensory Bin
- Paper Plate Pumpkin Craft
- Halloween Teacup Garden
- Toilet Paper Tube Halloween Craft from Hello, Wonderful