Thrifty Halloween DIYs (3)

Thrifty Halloween DIYs (3)

Hello, I’m happy you’re here! Glad I haven’t scared you away with all the SUPER SPOOKY Halloween makeovers I’ve shared so far this week.


Today is day three of our thrifty week of Halloween DIYs, so if you’ve missed day one or day two, be sure to head back and check them out. I hope you’re having fun! Maybe this will become a new tradition.
And speaking of new traditions, the Halloween village is quickly becoming a holiday decorating staple just as much as ye olde traditional Christmas villages.So check out this haunted church that Kelli bought for her Halloween village for a mere $250.  HA! Of course she didn’t. That would be crazysnakes. (Even though extremely overpriced village pieces like that actually exist). Who spends $250 on a glorified nightlight? Someone who needs to adopt me as their friend.
So instead Kelli bought this inexpensive little Christmas church for $14.99.  As you can see in the before picture, it already looks a little haunted with the boarded up windows and the hole in the roof.  Guess what? Those details weren’t there when she bought it, she did that herself with polymer clay!halloween village beforehalloween village makeover

Then she really upped the spook factor with this superbly creepy paint job and a few more details, like the gargoyle on the bell tower. Fabulously terrifying! See her process on her blog Craft Shack.


Next, how about a princess castle turned haunted-Hogwart’s?

halloween castle before

halloween castle after

So very cool. Don’t you love how the lights are shining through the windows?

From the talented Tracy at General Splendour, whom I am publicly apologizing to for my ‘used candle’ rant from yesterday. I was totally not calling her out on her candles! They looked perfect to me, and 100% did NOT give me the creeps. Love you Tracy!  When I checked my comments on my phone and realized my post had made it sound like I was talking specifically about her candles, I was also holding a bag of dry tapioca (don’t ask) and then my baby knocked it out of my hand, and 100,000 little balls of tapioca went flying across my kitchen, so every time I pick up one of those little tapioca balls, I think of Tracy and candles and apologize fervently in my mind.




Last one. This one kicks it up a notch from tabletop Halloween decor into life-sized decor! Well, almost life-sized.


     haunted little tikes playhouse before

haunted little tykes playhouse makeover

I could only find the Etsy page of the woman who made this haunted playhouse – called Saki Girl – so I don’t know if it was for an actual kid to play with, or just some super rad yard decoration, but either way, I give it two skeletal thumbs up.

One thing I love about these types of projects is how much detail you can draw out with just paint. The lanterns and embellishments on the door and planters were all but invisible on the original, but they became prominent features with just a little contrasting color. Same with Kelli’s haunted church, she brought out so much more texture than what was there before, especially in the brick and roof. It’s funny that manufacturers go to the trouble to include all these great little details, then camouflage them with generic paint and colors.  It’s like they WANT us to repaint everything.





  1. October 14, 2015 / 6:25 AM

    So stinking cute. I just so happen to have a plethora of doll houses…I don’t think my kids would be on board.

  2. October 14, 2015 / 8:02 AM

    I love these! You’re right about the paint–I had to scroll back and forth. Also? Love that the house number on the last one is 1031.

  3. October 14, 2015 / 10:07 AM

    These are getting better each day! I love the princess house and the outside house. This makes me want to step up my Halloween décor.

  4. October 14, 2015 / 10:17 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing my Halloween creepy church!

  5. Just Justin
    October 14, 2015 / 1:24 PM

    Good thing no one used a used candle on this one. 😉

  6. October 14, 2015 / 3:10 PM

    Bwahaha! Omg thank you for the public tapioca covered apology – quite unnecessary. And that shed is fantastic! And that village piece made into a haunted church – too spooky and fabulous. Thank you adding my Hogwarts castle – you are the best Linsdey! Happy Halloween!

  7. LeeAnn
    October 14, 2015 / 7:04 PM

    Love the Hogwarts Castle!

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