Friday, October 1, 2010

How to Halloween Craft: Spooky Milk Carton House

Make this fun and easy treat with or for your favorite little goblins this year! It's made with a
basic milk carton template (download yours for FREE below.) Use the template as a guide to create two from a 12 x 12 or print the template on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock.

Other sizes of cardstock needed:
2.75 x 7 for roof
4 or 5 2"x2" pieces in contrasting colors for windows
1.5" x 2" for door 1"x
1.5" for door insert


Score, fold and cut cardstock according to template. If desired, stamp and embellish house while it is still flat. Adhere the side flap, then bottom.

Make windows and doors, using coordinating colors. The Creative Memories slots and squares punch makes the cutest windows and doors, but another square punch will also work.

Score the 2.75"x 7" piece at .75" increments. If you have a Score-Pal, here is an easy way to do this:
Start with the paper all the way at the left (0") guide.
Score at 1.5, 3, 4.5 and 6 inches.
Now align the paper at .25" and score at 1, 2.5, 4, 5.5 and 7.

Cut along the score lines with scalloped or other decorative scissors according to photo. (Deckle scissors would make a fun, thatched look.) The .75" strips will be stacked to make the shingle roof and the 1.5" piece will be folded in half and form the roof ridge (and also form a closure on the top of the treat box.)
Adhere three of the shingle strips on each of the slanted roof sides, starting from the bottom edge. Overlap each strips only slightly so that no house shows through.
At the top, adhere only half of the folded roof ridge, so that the treat box can still be opened. Fill with treats.

For a closure, experiment with decorative clips or simply use a paper clip to hold your treat house closed. Enjoy, and please leave me a note if you enjoyed this craft. I love hearing your ideas!

Download the template:
If you would like to just print out the template as a guide to read, click the blue "Print" link and under Standard Quality, click the Print button.

If you would like to print the template on 8.5x11 cardstock and assemble, click the blue "Print" link and under High Quality, click the Dowload and Print button. In Adobe, click Print and under Page Scaling, choose None.


Melanie said...

This is great! I can definitely do this in my class as a Halloween craft this year!

Heather said...

They turned out SO cute Julie! Love the blog makeover too!

Chelsea said...

adorable!!! Very creative!

Gloria Westerman said...

This is so cute and adorable....thank you for the download.....I'm going to make something for the grand kids.....

- - Sheryl - - said...

fabulous and fun! thanks

Angela K said...

These are so CUTE!! TFS

Wendy said...

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Noblekatt said...

genius! just shared this on my FB!! cant wait to use this idea for christmas too!