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Tiny Haunted House, with Tombstone Tutorial

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Design Team Member Kristin Batsel really adores Halloween… beside the extra Halloween projects she always volunteers for… her Halloween artwork is perfect!

Case in point: today’s Tiny 3D Haunted House. First of all, it’s made from the new Tealight Haunted House Kit with Base (related to one of the house shapes from the Mini Haunted House Covers)… you can see a mini photo at left (and that’s the back view… it has a big arch cut in the back facade to help with inserting a Tea Light).

And just look at the pics below of the front side!! Kristin decided to paper over one of the 3 rectangular windows cut in the front so she could make a door (and I love that little “cobblestone” path through the grass to her door)!

And look at all the parts you get in this new kit: it includes the platform and the fence pieces and the little tombstones! (Note: there’s a close-up of the tombstones below in the Giveaway; AND Kristin added a tutorial on how to paint the flat chipboard tombstones to give them a 3D appearance in her blog post!) Here’s a couple tips from that blog post:

The “stone” path in the front is cut from a cardboard egg carton. It’s got the perfect texture for pavers.

The windows in this little house are actually thin sheets of mica. Here in the front windows, I put the image of the child behind the mica, so it looks like she’s inside. The pumpkin is in front of the mica so it looks like it’s outside, sitting on the windowsill.

I used mica in the window because the house is designed to accommodate a tea light. When it’s dark, you can light it up and it looks so spooky!

Here’s the rest of Kristin’s supply list, and more highlights from it are noted below in today’s Giveaway.

And don’t forget Kristin’s blog post with tutorial!

You know, seeing Kristin’s Haunted House all lit up made me think of the Holly Jolly Christmas House she made a coupla years ago with the House Ornament (see the photos at right).

Which, of course, got me thinking about Christmas papers (especially tiny Christmas papers). So I’m announcing a new Christmas paper set today that would work out really well on a tiny house:
Carta Bella Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad (I love the classic colors and this would be so cute on a tiny house!), and there’s also the related:
Carta Bella Christmas 12×12 Collection Kit (which also includes a die-cut 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet)

I’m also announcing a cute Christmas twill tape:
Christmas Stockings Printed Twill Tape (see below for a photo)

And, speaking of lights, the Tim Holtz Mini Lantern with Battery Packs are back in stock (finally)!

New Goodies!

Hooray for the Tealight Haunted House Giveaway!

I had to show a close up of the tombstones in the yard (and a closer look at those mica windows, too)… And scroll down just a bit to see just one of the pics from Kristin’s tombstone tutorial!

Here’s a bit more quoted from Kristin’s witty blog post:
Tombstones litter the front yard. The kit comes with four; I chose to use three. Buried in the front yard are “Al B. Bach” and “Ima Goner”. Sadly, no one knows who lies beneath the cross.

The tree is made from a branch of an azalea bush. Perfect! I punched a little hole in the base and just fed the bottom of the branch in. The crow sitting in that tree used to be a bluejay. I filed down the tuft on his head and painted him black. He prefers life as a crow.

So on to this Giveaway: I’ve picked out a few choice morsels from Kristin’s supply list:
– Window Frames for Tealight Haunted House (I know… I haven’t even mentioned the window trims yet! These are made to fit the Tealight Haunted House: the window frames are small enough so that they fit on the (somewhat) crowded facade without running into each other.)
Black Baroque Dresden Borders (they’re around the base of the platform)
New Mica Tiles (so you can play with backlit windows, as I’m also including an LED Tea Light)
How Sweet the Moon and Mini Halloween Banner Collage Sheets
– An 18mm Black Cat Glass Cabochon (the size in the window above the door)
Pumpkin Pods (near the front door)
– The Tealight Haunted House Kit with Base itself!

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Kristin’s artwork (though “just” those listed above are included in the Giveaway).

To enter the Tealight Haunted House Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, October 8, 2018).

AND tell me: What is your favorite detail from Kristin’s project? OR how will you decorate your own haunted house?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello!) correct email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

Hey, who won the Halloween Lanterns Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Mary Warren! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, October 7th, 2018

77 responses to “Tiny Haunted House, with Tombstone Tutorial”

  1. Nancy O says:

    Love the mica tile windows.

  2. Barbara Carter says:

    I just love, love, love the little haunted house. It would really go well with all of my mini Halloween decorations. So very cute! Here’s crossing my fingers for this treasure!

  3. Deborah Decker says:

    Oh! Another house set! The tutorial for the tombstones was very helpful. I always have trouble making those realistic.

  4. BarbMac Vt says:

    The little pumpkins, cute walkway, bit in the tree, spooky picket fence and the Mica windows are all favorites to me!
    If I had one of these to decorate I would probably do piles of leaves with ghosts peeking out, maybe a hand or foot coming out of the “graves” and definitely Mica windows.
    Winning this would make my life complete (at least till the next awesome giveaway)! Fingers crossed 🤞 and TFS!

  5. Emily Ann N. says:

    Love everything HALLOWEEN!!!

  6. BarbMac Vt says:

    Bird in the tree, not bit*!

  7. Cynthia Penney says:

    I really need this! It is so up my alley, and I love the windows and tea light effect. So perfectfully spooky.

  8. KIM says:

    I would love to make the little haunted house for my granddaughter .

  9. Anita Hoonhout says:

    WOW!!! What a Lovely project!!! I’ll like all Halloween projects. Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful kit!

  10. Ann F. says:

    The flagstone pathway is so cute!! I love Halloween!

  11. Winnie says:

    This is great. Love the detail!

  12. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    The tombstones are to “die” for. Love the haunted house.

  13. Love the house. I love Halloween this is fabulous

  14. Cheryl Lee says:

    This is just so darn cute! I would love this and I dare say I would make it just like the photo!!

  15. Carla says:

    Love the haunted house!

  16. Kim R says:

    Love the idea of mica for the windows! Will be using that idea! 🙂
    Wicked house!

  17. M. C. Sparks says:

    I love that little haunted house!

  18. tamera newger says:

    This is AWESOME! Halloween is my favorite, I love the yard on this the pavers and tombstones are my fav

  19. Debora L. says:

    The black cat cabochon! This is a great project!

  20. Jean Marmo says:

    The this entire project! The windows are just delightful! Such creativity!

  21. Jen J says:

    So sweetly haunted! I love the grass, fence, windows, really the whole project

  22. Barb A says:

    Another great project. Love the tea candle, but think I would like to try lighting the room with an LED light and put a tiny haunted scene in it. So much fun!

  23. Jeanine says:

    This is a great kit. My head is spinning with ideas. My favorite item used is the mica tile.
    I will definitely be purchasing this in my next order. I also love the window frames.
    I would probably add a couple of skeleton hands and some creepy crawlers on the stone path (love the use of the egg carton)!

  24. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is awesome!! I love all the Halloween kits!!!!!☠️💀👻🎃

  25. Nadine says:

    Love the little tombstones!

  26. Cat Insley says:

    LOVE, love, love Kristin’s Haunted House! That round window is so cool!

  27. Since my living room is permanently decorated in Halloween, this would fit wonderfully there! Here’s hoping!

  28. DeniseHumenik says:

    Love,love,love this!! I can almost feel a child’s heartbeat as she’s deciding whether or not to walk that path and say ‘trick or treat’!

  29. Donna Kottcamp says:

    My father was a funeral director so I have a thing for cemeteries. Just love tombstones. This design is so very cute.

  30. Dianna says:

    I admire all of Kristin‘s talent on the haunted house! The mica windows, egg carton for the stone path, the bird dressed up as a crow and the use of a door instead of a window on the front of the house as well as additional windows on both sides of the house. Her tutorial on tombstones is very helpful! Now only if I can win this spooktacular delight!

  31. Chris K. says:

    I like the mica windows and the ex-blue jay.

  32. Randi says:

    Love it!! It is so cute!

  33. Ina Good says:


  34. Sandie says:

    Awesome!!! I want it!!

  35. Traci says:

    Great haunted house-Love the tombstones and of course the cat in the window. >^..^<

  36. Deborah Thomas says:

    I love Halloween and this would make the cutest little haunted house ever!

  37. Pauline P. says:

    Love, Love this Haunted House, Will fit
    right in with my Halloween decorations.

  38. Karen Mallory says:

    What a cool project!! The house is perfect and I love the graveyard in the front!!

  39. Aggie Stiefer says:

    Such a cute project, hard to find ones for Halloween

  40. Leah Strong says:

    My favourite detail is how she used egg cartons as stone pavers! Brilliant! 😊

  41. Celia says:

    How does your stuff keep getting cuter? I want all the new Halloween items. ……

  42. Nancy AT says:

    I love how Kristin altered things to make her scene….like the tree and crow. And the walkway.

  43. The houses of course and the pathway. Love it all

  44. Lisa Hebein says:

    I love Halloween. I am a newbie to this site and love the creativity of all.

  45. Jen R says:

    Soooo cute! Love the little windows!

  46. Halloween! My favorite holiday!

  47. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    I just love the lit windows….love it….

  48. Jo says:

    OMG! I would love to make this!! So cute – I love the lights!!!

  49. Suzie Quebedeaux says:

    I freaking love this haunted house!!!! I especially love that it can be lit up with a tea light candle!

  50. Congrats Mary! Love the haunted house project! Never having worked with mica I was curious as to how she attached it, white glue, so easy. Dresden always adds an extra layer of detail. Everything about it is great.

  51. Sharon Phillips says:

    This is just to cute! Love it!

  52. Love this haunted house and oh, so spooky!!

  53. Judy Goodwin says:

    I like the windows and the tombstones. Actually, love the whole thing.

  54. Kitty Tatman says:

    Love how she tucked the little moon into the eaves of the roof. Ms. Kristen always knocks it out of the park.

  55. Jennifer Forish says:

    Love the window trimmed dresden borders! The details really are the house pop!

  56. Jeanie says:

    Too hard to resist this little gem! It’s fantastic. Tim Holtz and Alpha stamps does it again!

  57. Kee Ostler says:

    Why are tiny things always the best! This is a wonderful tutorial for a magical little house. I love the tip about the mica for the windows

  58. Gail Shenberger says:

    Love the Halloween house . I think the stone path is the smartest idea !

  59. Mary Mac says:

    I love using mica for the windows.

  60. Amanda Morris says:

    This is the most wonderful little haunted house! I cannot wait to make one.

  61. LeAnn Aagard says:

    This is so cool. I love the little stone walk.

  62. Dewanna Raite says:

    Haunted Houses are my favorite Halloween decorations. I love making them. My favorite things are the tombstones. I am definitely going to make some of my own.

  63. Rhonda S says:

    I love the Halloween house and I love glitter houses.

  64. Very creative and spooky…love the chance to win. You are very talented, thanks for sharing!

  65. Crafty Fran says:

    Alpha Stamps is THE BEST for unique and fun Halloween projects! Halloween is my favorite holiday because it is all about creativity and imagination and fantastical possibilities! Kristin delivers yet again a fun project with just the right notes of spookiness and childish delight! I especially love that naughty black cat in the attic window trying to figure out how he is going to entice that crow in the tree to come jump into his waiting mouth! Such a bad kitty! Thanks for the fun, Kristin!

  66. Angie M says:

    I cannot get enough of October and Halloween projects!!!

  67. Lauren P. says:

    This is adorable! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love making spooky crafts leading up to the big day!

  68. Peggy Manning says:

    Why did so many of you peole enter–you know I should win BECAUSE Halloween is MY HOLIDAY AND THIS IS THE KIT to make it happen !! The mica for the windows is really a great idea.

  69. Marykay chisum says:

    Awesome projects!

  70. jackie says:

    very spooky….I love it!!!

  71. Love her creativity and OH thoses windows..

  72. Debrah Hensley-The says:

    As a cat mom to three black cats, I love the black cat window!

  73. Nancy E says:

    Neat haunted house. Love the use of mica for the windows!

  74. Sylvia L says:

    It’s all wonderful, but my favorite features are the mica windows & the moon peeking over the roof. I always love the Halloween projects.

  75. Ann Bunker says:

    I love the mica tile windows. I never would have thought to put the lieetle girl inside and the pumpkin outsida.