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🎶 It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 🎶 Yes, friends, it's almost Halloween.
Halloween is generally a blast for kids (free candy plus getting to dress like a superhero — what's not to love?) but if you want to take it to the next level, you could make this ~spooky~ haunted playhouse for the little ones in your life.
It's incredibly easy to make using an inexpensive cardboard playhouse.
Here’s how to make your own!
1. Assemble the playhouse according to the package directions. The one we used comes in five pieces and takes about 15 minutes to assemble. (It’s all very “insert tab A into slot B,” and one person can definitely do it alone.)
*A couple of notes: It can be helpful to lay a few heavy books down on the interior bottom flaps of the house to help the house keep its shape, especially in the first 24 hours or so. We also found it helpful to reinforce it in two spots (where the two large pieces that make up the base of the house come together) with a strip of hot glue. You could also use duct tape for this.
2. Apply the interior paint with a paint roller to the main areas of the house (the base and the roof). Let dry, then do a second coat. (PS We primed it first to be on the safe side, but it turned out to be a totally unnecessary step.)
3. If you want to make the trim, chimney, and/or door a different color, use sponge brushes to apply acrylic craft paint to those areas.
4. If you’re covering the windows with cellophane, cut it to size and duct tape it on the inside of the windows.
5. Use hot glue (or duct tape) to attach accessories like bats, birds, ghosts, skulls, cobwebs, and whatever else suits you! Honestly, you could get pretty creative with the outside, and with the interior (add pillows, books, and blankets to make it a reading nook; make it a classic haunted house with bowls of peeled grapes and cold spaghetti; etc.)