DIY Haunted House Makeover : Thrift Store Décor

It is time for the Monthly Thrift Store Décor Upcycle Challenge. This month we are keeping with our Halloween momentum and I am crazy excited about it. I picked up this Christmas house from Goodwill last November and immediately knew I wanted to turn it into a haunted house. The snow on the rood and the many windows are perfect for a creepy piece of Halloween décor. Keep reading to find out how to make your own DIY haunted house makeover.

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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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Amanda | Domestically Creative Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Pili | Sweet Things Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Jeannee | Centsably Creative Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela

Marie | DIY Adulation Denise | My Thrifty House Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Shirley | Intelligent Domestications

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This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

 

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Materials

  • Thrift Store Christmas House
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Brown Acrylic Paint
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Purple Acrylic Paint
  • Acrylic Spray Sealant
  • Birch Bark
  • Plastic Halloween Toys (I got mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Fake Spider Web

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 1

First, cover your entire house in black acrylic paint and let it dry.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 2

Next, paint the front door brown.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 3

Then mix a small amount of brown paint with your purple paint and paint all of the windows on your house.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 4

Next, mix a small amount of white and brown paint and paint the trim of the door.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 5

Add the same lightened brown paint to the trim of your house.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 6

Then add some of the brown and purple mixed paint to random shingles of your roof.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 7

Touch up any areas that need it and allow the paint to dry.

Step 8

Spray your entire house with acrylic sealant and let it dry.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 9

While your sealant dries, cut small pieces of birch bark to look like boards for the windows.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 10

Next, glue the boards across all of the bottom windows on your house.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 11

Now select some plastic Halloween toys to embellish your house with, including one skeleton bookmark.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 12

Cut the bottom off of your skeleton bookmark.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 13

Next, attach the skeleton to the top front window on your house with hot glue.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 14

Then glue small toys over each wreath on your house.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 15

Add a board across the window directly above the door and one board next to the door.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 16

Next, pull off a small amount of fake spider web.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 17

Add the spider webs to the roof of the house.

Tip:

  • You may need to add dabs of hot glue to keep the spider webs in place at the edges of the roof.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

Step 18

Lastly, glue a plastic spider or 2 on the spider webs.

 

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

This DIY haunted house makeover turned out fantastically! The fun colors of the plastic Halloween toys make it more playfully spooky so that it doesn’t scare the kiddos. If you want to up the creep factor, stick with the white toys exclusively or paint the toys bronze before adding them to your haunted house. Whichever style you choose, you will have a fun and thrifty new piece of Halloween décor. We’re not done with the upcycled fun yet. Check out the other thrift store projects from my friends below!

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This DIY haunted house makeover will have you running to the thrift store to find your own Christmas statue! Find out how to make it now!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.