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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Haunted Zombie House - DIY Craft for Halloween

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I wanted to show that you can use mold for different things than their original intended uses.  I used the gingerbread house mold that I used last Christmas to create a one of a kind Halloween decoration that will last for years to come!


You will need:
-  Silicone gingerbread house mold
-  Resin - I used Envirotex Lite (For more info on Envirotex Lite, go to www.eti-usa.com.)
-  Pigment dyes for resin (You can color your resin any way you prefer, but I used the pigment dyes.)
-  Acrylic paint - I used gray, brown, red and black
-  Sheet moss and Spanish moss
-  Zombie figurines - I found unexpectedly found them at Michaels
-  Base - I used a basswood base
-  Brown sand 
-  Glue - I used E6000, Elmers, Ultimate and hot glue
-  Various decorations (I used skull beads, resin tombstones, fence, fall picks, plastic spiders, skull sticker, etc.)

*I made the resin tombstones from a mold I found.  I'll have everything I can find on Amazon linked at the end, incase you want to give it a shot!

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
(I will try to be as complete as I can be here, but if you have additional questions, you should definitely watch the video for clarification.)

1.  Paint the walls with streaky brown and gray.  The roof I used the brown gray and black.  The front door I used the brown, the gray and the black.  I did two coats, but I made sure that I did not cover everything.  I wanted it to look like a run down house, with paint peeling.  Allow the paint to dry.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I worked with four ounces at a time because I did not know how much I was going to need.  The first batch I mixed white opaque dye with black, a little bit of brown and a little bit of green.  I wanted a washed out wood look.  
3.  Pour into the walls of the mold.  Be careful that you don't cover or drip on the windows.  You do want the resin to run into the frames of the windows, so you might need to carefully help it with your stir stick.  I didn't want the mold to be fully covered with this color resin because I wanted a darker color behind it, so it would be peeking out in areas.  Any excess was put into the door mold and very little was put on the roof.
4.  Run your lighter over the resin, to pop any bubbles and let cure.  
5.  Mix more resin and add black, brown and green pigments.  
6.  Pour it into the mold - again be careful about the windows.  You want to pour very slowly and help move it around with your stir stick.  Pour the rest into the roof mold.  Allow to cure.
7.  Mix some more resin.  Leave this batch clear because it is for the windows.  Pour into the mold, making sure the windows are covered and pour the rest into the roof mold.  Let it cure.
8.  Once cured, you can remove them from the mold and it is time to put them together.  I used a combination of E6000 glue and hot glue.  I applied the E6000 to the ends of the walls and then put them together(see video above).  The E6000 takes a while to fully cure and stick, so I ran a bead of hot glue on the inside of the connecting corners, so the hot glue would hold it in place, while the E6000 finished drying.  I did the same with the roof panels.
9.  The house won't be attached to the basswood base because I want to be able to pick it up and put a battery operated tea light or something inside of it, to light it up (Do Not Use Real Candles!).  The next thing to do is find the placement on the base and mark a pencil line around it.  Drill holes in the base where you want to add picks for landscaping.
10.  Mix glue and sand (you can mix the sand and resin if you would rather).  I wanted to do multiple layers, so I decided to go with the sand.  The resin is a more durable solution.
11.  Put the Crafter's Pick Ulimate glue on the base (except where the house will go).  Then spread it around.  Mix Elmers Glue and brown sand into a chunky mixture.  Apply it to the base, where the Ultimate glue was applied.  I did a thin layer.  Let it dry.
12.  Start figuring out the placement of everything.  Glue on the figurines.  Glue in the picks.  Glue on the gravestones.  
13.  The zombies I had were set on bases.  If you have similar zombies, you don't want the bases to show.  I mixed more sand and glue and applied it carefully to the bases.  I used a stir stick, a toothpick and a skewer stick to get it all done!  Blend in the sand and make the yard uneven.  
14.  If you are using a fence, now is a good time to add it.  I hot glued mine in place.
15.  Now it's time to start the real decorating.  I did red paint smear and spray to make it look like blood smears and blood spray, on the inside of the windows.  When that dried, I watered down light gray paint and painted that on the inside of the windows, so they look dirty and so no one can see inside (nothing is going on inside).
16.  Add moss.... a lot of moss.  I added moss to the framing of the house.  Along the roof, the corners and the bottom.  I added little pumpkins I cut off of floral picks.  I added two plastic spiders to the roof.  The front door has a skull sticker.  I added moss to the roof peak and plastic skull beads along the top.  I added moss in various places around the yard, to cover up hot glue by the fence, around the gravestones.  Add whatever you can find or think would  be appropriate or fun!  It should have your personal touches, whether the paint colors or the accessories!  
17.  Lastly, it needs something to light up the inside.  There are many options.  You could drill a hole into the base and add a light kit, like I did with the cupcake.  You do want to use a low wattage bulb if you go that route.  You will also want to add some feet to the bottom of the base, to raise it up, so the cord doesn't get in the way of sitting flat.  Since this is a holiday decoration, I wanted to have the freedom to put it wherever I wanted.  I was originally thinking of using a flickering battery tea light.  I happened across a small strobe light that runs on batteries and actually makes spooky sounds.  PERFECT!!!  Place that under the house and now you have a super spooky Halloween decoration!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!!

Mona


In case you missed it last year, here is a the Gingerbread Christmas House video:






Here are Amazon links to some of the products I used
 (or similar - I couldn't find the exact zombies and I would get a large or extra large base - most everything else is the same or very similar):





Halloween Bride & Groom Ghouls Yard Decoration Halloween Bride & Groom Ghouls Yard Decoration
SOLD SEPARATELY. This gruesome twosome greets Halloween visitors with eyes shining a bloody, red glow and the horror of ghoulish howls. Bride and groom zombies have built-in motion detectors and can stand on any flat surface or be staked into the ground. Bride Wears a gauze wedding gown, black faux pearls and carries a bouquet of black flowers. Measures 13"W x 7 1/2"D x 48 1/2"H. Groom Wears a black gauze cape over his shirt and bow tie and a top hat. Measures 12"W x 9 1/2"D x 50"H. Each requires 3 AA batteries (not included); constructed of plastic and polyester. For display in a covered area. Bride and groom sold separately. Novelty item not a toy.


1 comment:

swomacks said...

Ok that was really good! and got me thinking because that is what you do, stir my imagination! It made me think of fairy gardens which my sister is totally into! I think I could use this idea for something along those lines to make for her!