Create your own spooky cute DIY Halloween village houses with this step-by-step tutorial!

If you’ve seen my DIY potion bottles or my DIY Halloween candy jar, then you probably already know that I’m a huge fan of spooky season crafts! Fall is my favorite time of year, and it really gets me in the spirit of getting crafty.

I have been wanting to do a DIY village of some sort for a while now, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to go about it. I thought about doing a little Dollar Tree craft, but then I saw these cute little “birdhouses” at Michael’s one day. 

wooden house for diy craft

I put “birdhouses” in quotes because they’re labeled as birdhouses, but I seriously do not see where the bird would go in this house!

Anyway, I decided to grab these birdhouses and do a little Modpodge and paint project. I love how they turned out!

Let’s get down to business…

How to Make DIY Halloween Village Houses

First, let’s talk about supplies.

DIY Halloween Village Supplies

diy halloween village houses supplies

For this project, you’ll need:


Step 1: Cut & trim your scrapbook paper

spider scrapbook paper wooden house

To start, you’ll need to choose which scrapbook paper patterns you want to use for your DIY Halloween village houses. Then, cut and trim the paper to fit the front of your house.

I used scissors to cut the paper to the approximate size first. After that, I used my Xacto knife to cut out the windows, door, and steps.

cutting diy halloween house
diy halloween village houses paper template

I did this with one house, then I used the cutout as a template to create two more pieces of scrapbook paper for the other two houses.

scrapbook paper template

Step 2: Paint the houses

painting diy halloween village house
diy halloween village paint

Next, I painted the sides of the houses, the roofs, the windows, the doors, and the steps. I did this before adhering the scrapbook paper to the house so that I wouldn’t get any excess paint on the scrapbook paper.

Step 3: Mod Podge the scrapbook paper on the house

I really love Mod Podge. It’s great for a variety of reasons. Basically, it can act like a glue and a seal, and I used it for both on this project.

diy wooden house and paint
diy halloween village mod podge

First, use a foam brush to paint the Mod Podge onto the front of your house. Then, stick the scrapbook paper templates to the Mod Podge. Finally, paint another coat of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper. This gives it the appearance of paint when it dries, which really helps the whole house look like it was painted.

Step 4: Mod Podge the rest of the house

Put a coat of Mod Podge all over the rest of the house. It will seal the paint and the scrapbook paper, and it will give the house a finished look.

Step 5: Accessorize your DIY Halloween village houses

Creating little accessories for my Halloween houses was probably my favorite part! 

I used some mini Christmas wreaths that I already had, and I changed out the ribbon to make it more Halloween looking. I also painted some of the wreaths to make them fit with the decor.

mini wreath
diy halloween village houses wreath

There were a few things I wanted to add to my houses, but I didn’t want to have to buy anything additional, so I scrounged up some random items that I thought would work. I made a little broom with some hay pieces and brown floral wire I had.

diy halloween village witch broom

Also, I took some mini leaves off of a garland I had and glued them to the base of the houses.

diy halloween village bunting
diy halloween village houses

In addition to that, I made a little bunting banner to hang from the houses. I just cut out triangles from some extra scrapbook paper and I glued those triangles to a pipe cleaner. Then I glued that to the houses.

Display your houses!

after diy halloween village houses

Now it’s time to find the perfect spot to show off your DIY Halloween village houses! 

This project turned out so cute, and I can’t wait to take out these Halloween houses year after year and add them to my decor. My 2-year-old calls them “Mama’s Happyween houses” (yes, he calls Halloween “Happyween” right now, and I’m utterly obsessed with it). 

finished diy halloween village houses
diy halloween village houses finished

How did your Halloween village turn out? I’d love to see some other ideas that people used!! If you try out this project, please tag me on Instagram (@the.festive.mommy) so I can see your spin on this!!

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diy Halloween village pin

Happy crafting and happy spooky season 🙂

Looking for more fall crafts to do this year?? Try this DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkin Vase or this DIY Sweater Pumpkin tutorial!