I love Halloween and wanted to make something inspired by Halloween decorations and haunted houses. This 3D Spooky House design is so fun to make! With just a few pieces of paper, you will have your own Spooky Halloween House design with this step-by-step tutorial.
This 3D Spooky Paper House is a great gift to give to a Halloween enthusiast, or it can be used as a decorative piece with the other Spooky Village Designs to add a fun, spooky atmosphere to your home, perfect for the Halloween season.
This design has a lot of creative freedom; You can choose to stick with traditional or untraditional Halloween colors. I always like to add pops of color to my design and some glitter cardstock.
You can bring this house to life by adding LED lights before assembling the structure or leave it as is.
What Type of Paper Should I Use?
When making this 3D house design, I recommend using 80-100 lb cardstock for the house structure (this will make a sturdy base to hold all the added elements) and 65-80 lb cardstock for the spooky components (roof, fence, cat, boards, and cobweb).
How Much Paper Do I Need?
House Structure: 2 Pieces of 12 x 12" Cardstock
House Base: 1 Piece of 12 x 12" Cardstock
Roof: 1 Piece of 12 x 12" Cardstock
Fence: 1 piece of Cardstock
Window Trims & Boards: 1 Piece 12 x 12" Cardstock for each
Cat & Cobweb: 1 Piece of 12 x 12" Cardstock for each
Reducing Size of Spooky House
I would not reduce the Halloween design to smaller than 50% because of potential cutting issues. To reduce the size of one of the Halloween Village designs, select all elements (CTRL+A PC or Command+A Mac). After selecting all objects go to the top of Design Space and change the width. Below are the measurements of the house at 75% and 50% reduction in size.
- 75% change the width to 13.9115”
- 50% change the width to 9.2743
Score Pretty Side Down
When scoring materials, always make sure the scoreline is applied to the wrong side of the paper or the side that will be folded inwards.
Cricut.com gives this advice, "You should always fold into the scoreline. For most projects, this means you will put your material "pretty side" down on the mat before you load it into the machine. If you want to fold "pretty sides" together, place the material "pretty side" up on the mat."
Scoring on the correct side of the paper makes a huge difference! It prevents your material from cracking or bending and gives you a professional-looking finish.
Let's start creating!
Table of Contents
Spooky House Supplies
- Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, or Other Cutting Machine
- StandardGrip Mat
- Scoring Wheel Tip & Housing or Scoring Stylus
- I recommend using the scoring wheel for the best experience.
- Fine-Point Blade
- Craft Glue
- Scraper Tool
- Craft Clips
- Cardstock 80-100 lbs & 65 - 80 lbs
- Weeding Tool
- (optional) LED Lights
You can find all of the materials needed for this project from JOANN.com
Upload Spooky House SVG File
To upload the Spooky House SVG file, download the SVG file to your computer, create a New Project in Cricut Design Space, and Upload it to your Canvas.
The score lines show up as solid lines; when clicked on, the color is red in the color menu.
You can change these lines into score lines by going into the top left corner. Then, click on the dropdown menu where it says Basic Cut, select Scoreline, and attach to their respective pieces in the right-hand menu.
It's really important that you attach each scoreline, or it will not score in the right spot. This project is very difficult to complete without the score lines!
Step One: Cut Out Spooky Halloween House Pieces
The house design consists of:
- 2 Piece House Structure
- 1 Platform Base
- 1 Roof Piece
- Spiked Fence
- 8 Window Trims
- 1 Door
- 10 "Wooden" Boards
- 1 Cobweb
- 1 Cat
Load your mat with cardstock and place it in the Cricut machine and cut out all Spooky House pieces making sure to switch between your scoring wheel and fine-point blade.
I recommend using the single scoring wheel for your regular cardstock. When using glitter or textured cardstock, use the double scoring wheel, and make sure to put the textured side of the cardstock face down on the mat.
Step Two: Fold Score Lines on Spooky Halloween House
After cutting all the pieces, it's time to fold the score lines for each piece starting with your two house structure pieces. Fold the score lines along the side, top, and bottom of the house pieces.
Tip: You can use a scraper tool to get a nice crisp edge. When folding score lines, you should also fold the paper on the side that has been scored.
Next, take the roof piece and fold the side pieces, then slide your scraper tool, fingernail, or weeding tool under the half circle cuts to bend them up slightly.
Grab your base piece, you will notice that there are two score lines on each side. Fold all sides and tabs towards the inside.
Crease the tab along the side of the door piece.
Step Three: Add the Spooky Halloween House Door
It's time to start putting the folded pieces together. Grab the door piece and add glue to the tab on the side of the door and glue to the underside of the front of the house in the doorway cut out.
Step Four: Add Window Elements
Take the window frames and glue them to the top of the house pieces around the window cutouts.
Add the two longest "wood" planks to the windows at the top for the front and back pieces.
Add the remaining pieces of wooden planks to the six other windows.
Step Four: Bring The House Pieces Together
Now, put together the two sides of the house by overlapping the folded flap making sure they're aligned with each other.
Add glue to the top tabs of the house and tape or glue the roof in place. I found it helpful to have one hand pressing the roof in place from the inside and holding onto it as I let it dry.
Step Five: Add Base
Glue the side tabs of the base and connect them to the adjacent side.
Tip: Use clips to hold the tabs together while it dries.
Fold over the lower part of the side pieces to the inside and glue them in place.
Add glue to the bottom tabs of the house piece and connect tabs to the adjacent side.
Then once dried, glue or tape the bottom of the house.
Align the back of the house to the back of the base with the same width.
Step Six: Add Spooky Halloween House Final Elements
Time to add the final elements that make this house live up to the word "spooky."
Take one end of the fence and add glue to the end tab. Glue this tab to the edge of the house. Next, add glue to the bottom tabs of the fence and glue to the platform. Lastly, take the other tab and glue it to the opposite edge of the house.
Finally, glue the cat and cobweb to the house.
Once the pieces are dried, you've finished a Spooky Halloween House with added cuteness!
This would look great as a centerpiece for your dining room table during Halloween, especially when paired with the rest of the Spooky Village Designs!
For added spookiness, you can add cotton batting around your design and glow-in-the-dark paint. Don't be afraid to have fun with this and make it your own!
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