How to Make a Recycled Haunted House

How to Make a Recycled Haunted House

Are you on the hunt for inexpensive Halloween décor? Ghost hunters and children alike can conjure up some ghosts with this recycled craft. Use leftover tissue boxes to make a haunted house perfect for display on a tabletop, mantle or shelf.

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Supplies you will need:

  • 3 facial tissue boxes (2 long, 1 short)
  • Thin cardboard – shoebox lid works well
  • Orange tissue paper or napkins
  • Double stick tape or glue dots
  • 4 facial tissues (four inches by four inches)
  • 4 four-inch pipe cleaners
  • 1 inch Styrofoam balls
  • White or gray paint
  • Black paint


Tools you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Paint brush(es)
  • Ruler
  • Black marker
  • Exacto knife (adult use only!)
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Glue or glue stick


Get Started


1. Gather tools and supplies.
2. If you only have white tissue paper or napkins, color orange with a marker.
3. Draw the windows and door onto the tissue boxes as shown below.
4. On the box with two windows (2nd floor), draw a line lengthwise on the top of the box,
two inches from the edge (for the awning).
5. Draw two large bowtie shapes onto a large piece of thin cardboard (for the roof).


6. Ask an adult to cut out the windows and the door. Save the cut-outs to use as shutters.
7. On the 2nd floor box, have an adult cut a long flap for the awning.
8. Use scissors to cut two bowtie shapes for the roof.


Assemble the House

1. Paint the boxes, shutters, and roof shapes black. Let dry.
2. Paint lines on the shutters and awning with gray paint.
3. Glue the shutters to the sides of the windows.
4. Paint details on the rooftop with gray paint.
5. Attach the roof to the small box with glue dots or tape.
6. Take the box you will use for the 1st floor and cover it with glue.
7. Turn the 2nd floor box upside-down with the flap hanging down. Place it firmly on top of the 1st floor box.
8. Cover the bottom of the 3rd floor box with glue. Attach it to the top center of the 2nd floor box.

Haunt your House!

1. Push the pipe cleaners into the Styrofoam balls.
2. Tape or glue the white tissues to the tops of the Styrofoam balls.
3. Pinch the tissue at the neck of the ghost.
4. Draw eyes and a spooky mouth with a black marker.
5. Tape the ghosts in the windows and door of your house.

Take a picture next to your completed haunted house!


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