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The Haunted Dollhouse Kit is a fun way to celebrate to decorate you house for Halloween. You will find this blog useful for tips and decorating ideas as build your Haunted Dollhouse.

The Best way to navigate this blog is to select a members name from the category are to the left. That will sort all the blog entries so that you will be looking at one persons progress as the move through their construction of the Haunted Dollhouse.

Please Keep in mind that blogs are in reverse chronological order, so you we recommend that you scroll down to see the start of this dollhouse kit, and then scroll up to see the progression through the building progress.

Thank you for choosing Greenleaf Dollhouse and the Haunted Dollhouse Kit!

WELCOME to my home

Well mercy me. I really wuzzunt expectin' no guests to come a-callin' this time of day. But now that y'all are hear, come on in. Have some of Miss Hatties special tea. I gay-rone-tee it'll have ya feelin' like a young girl on her first date. Come in! Come on in. Don't mind spot. He only bites bad folk. And thas' not you now is it?blog-317-1128396092_thumb.jpgThis here's mah livin' room an the place where I first meets mah new clients. I also sells potions, and such as yew can see over yonder on the shelf. That big leather book on top was handed down through seven generations of the women folk in my family. Now y'all don't pay no never mind to an old ladies foolishness by all them hats on that rack there. I jes cain't resist picking up one hear an there on one of my trips into town. I do so love mah hats. Have yerself a seat on that there couch while I go put some water on for some tea. And if'n that flea bitten cat is aroun' here somewhere and bothers ya lookin' for some pettin' jes push him outta yer way. blog-317-1128396123_thumb.jpgOk, hope y'all weren't too bored lookin' around my lil ole livin' room. But the tea's ready so y'all can come on in tha kitchen and we'll visit over a cup. Lack I said, this here's a special tea and it'll make ya feel what for. Cackle. come on now. Don't be a-feared. Lemme jes move this ole weejee board and tarrot cards outta yer way. Oops! Jest ignore that weight loss spell. That wuz fer a "client" that wuz in here jes a little bit afore y'all came a-callin'. blog-317-1128396153_thumb.jpgWhat's that? Well of course I heated it up on that ole cook stove. And I gots a really good well down to some GOOD water. But I gotta get someone in here to fix that danged handle that done fell off agin. Y'all know a good handy type man that maybe needs a spell in exchange for a bit of work? Ya can see I got a few more of my special supplies in here too. The place is kinda small so I do my fortune tellin' and give readin's in here too.blog-317-1128396176_thumb.jpgY'all know what? I gets really good feelin's about you. I don' normally trust folks all this easy but I thank I may just let ya'll see my private stuff. If'n ya won't to, jes come up upstairs. Be right carefull now'. They's kind of steep an a bit rickety too. Ole Jeb, who lives further down in the darker part of the bayou had someone put an awful hex on him. An' he needed it taken off. I was really cramped in this tiny lil shack so he fixed it fer me so I could use the attick upstairs. So now I gots a really nice private place, all my own. Come on up. I'll show ya.blog-317-1128396202_thumb.jpgThat there's my bed. T'aint very big but it's soft and comfterbull, and I gots plenny o blankits fer those nights when it gets a bit chilly and that blue norther starts a-blowin so hard the moss might near falls offa the trees. What's that? That lady up in tha picture? Why that's my third cousin' Marie, the voodoo Queen hersef who lives down yonder in N'orluns. She taught me an my momma both lots of her most powerful magic, for when it's needed.An over here, I keeps my personal items, and, (whispering) don't tell nobody but I also do a few personal stay healthy spells on mahsef when I gets to feelin' old. I don't look 68 do I? blog-317-1128396226_thumb.jpgNow watch yer head comin' thru this door. This room is my most private place. It's where I do my most powerful spellin' an conjurin'. You really should consider yerself privleged to see this room cuz y'all could count on the fangers of one han' the number of folk that seen it. Y'all unnerstan' I can't letcha stay in here too long. The forces of the spirits I keep aroun and active in here can really hurt those what don't know how to control 'em. They heps me keep Spot in line ya know? I'll show ya in a few minutes when I takes ya outside.blog-317-1128396249_thumb.jpgWell I surely hope y'all enjoyed yer visit? I see the tea is already makin' a few of ya wanna go dancin'. I hear they got a decent fiddler down to the ice house tonite. Might be a fun place ta go kick yer heels up till the tea wears off a bit. Looket there, unner tha house. Ya can see Spot all alert an watchin'. He KNOWS I gots anuther client comin' soon so he keeps an eye our fer me. Y'all come back now real soon. Hattie makes the best potions and does the mos powerful magic in all of 20 parishes 'round here. An' I so love havin' cumpney over. Next time ya come I'll give ya a different tea. A bit stronger'n this one was. But ya gots to start out slow ya know? Bye bye now. Come back an visit soon.blog-317-1128396271_thumb.jpgHattie waves g'bye.

Shadow Cliff Complete?

Well, I have been having so much fun with this house. It is a shame I can't get outside to take some decent pictures of the house since it is still raining and there is a overcast outside ;) .

This is the way the UN-Haunted house looks so far. B) I "think" I am finished. I added a hand made rose vine to the front of the house and a "mossy" covering around the cave entry way. I added "wisps of smoke" to the chimney pots I made. This was a fast and fun build. I did not use the instructions because I did not like the format. I don't like to read instructions and I found these hard to read for some strange reason LOL. I am known for not reading directions even when I buy stuff from IKEA. My husband makes me put them together cause I almost always throw out instructions (Before we assemble so that is a problem for him LOL)

The house was so simple to put together that the instructions were not needed. Opps. I just remembered, I have not put the furniture together yet. (Where are those instruction :o <_< ). Please enjoy the pictures of what I have done! I can't wait to see what you all do to your kits. Remember, if you can dream it, it can be done!

Please note that this blogs haunted ghost skin was NOT picked by me but the owner of this forum. I do not create haunted houses! It's not my thing :blink: Love & hugs my friends :o

Now back to the dollhouse fun!

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Come See Jimmy's Haunted House

Before I get started good on this blog, let me go ahead and apologize for the number of pictures. This house was done 90% by Jimmy, and I had only minimal input, mostly regarding paint mixing and things like that, but I did do the wallpapering. Jimmy had a great time not only building this house, but he picked out all of the decorations, landscaping, and all that you see. The color choices are his as well. When he first began this house, he was like a little kid in a candy store! He was very excited about it, and was even more excited that he got to "break" things--so be sure and watch for the broken windows too.

Now, here's the front of the house.

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And here are the sides of the house.

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And now, I'll show you the closeups of some details outside. On the roof, you will note various critters, but also note the broken shingles as well. There are also "broken" bricks on the chimney.

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All of the windows in the house are broken. Jimmy also created some graves, but we are having a lot of trouble keeping Dean and Lisa in their graves! They know Halloween is right around the corner, and they are ready to come out and haunt!

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Of course the front door is broken, and the porch railing is broken as well. See that big ugly snake? He has me a little worried ...

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Now for the inside of the house. Here's an overall back view of the house.

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Room by room, here's the livingroom. Please note the broken window, the broken sofa, the skeleton reclining on the sofa. And oh yes, Jimmy had to break the stairs too!

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Come on into the kitchen! We have another resident skeleton sitting at the table. Not sure if he is thinking about playing cards, or what.

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Let's go upstairs, shall we? First we have the green room, which has Jimmy's bed that he made and then had the springs hanging out of the mattress. Jimmy painted the upstairs, and carpeted it. You can also see the moss hanging down from the hole in the roof.

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Last is the pink room. Big ugly spider in that room! Yuck! And the mummy! And the carpet is filthy and looks like it has burn marks in it (it does). Again, Jimmy painted, carpeted and decorated.

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Compliments of LPCullen

We added the door handles (no picture) and a stove pipe.Here is some of the furniture that came with the kit and what we did with it.Both of the round tables were painted off white. One of them has a printie glued to the top.The end tables stained nicely and antiqued.I added some upholstery to the chairs.The bed stained nicely as well. The blanket is reversable.Stay tuned for a tour of the completed house.Melissa
Well now, I have come and I have seen and I have spackled! Kinda like -- frosting a cake! I spackled the ceilings (and yes, it's upside down) of the first floor rooms, and then I spackled one area of the upstairs rooms. The upstairs rooms are to be entirely spackled, since I don't really want to wallpaper them, LOL!And, I have discovered that I do not like spackling and should stick to wallpapering, which is MUCH easier for me!Compliments of LPCullen
Jimmy has begun adding some trim to his house, and creating his own version of "architectural detailing".He has sort of white washed the railings, and then he decided to "break" some of the railings, to give it a more run down appearance I guess. He also cut some of the porch "planks" and made them stand up ...Now, we seem to be running into a little problem here. Hubby seems to think that because he is doing this house with barely any input from me that he is entitled to full use of ALL (and there are many) of my paint brushes. That wouldn't be such a problem, but he usually ends up using the one that I need! GGRRRRR!Compliments of LPCullen
Time to begin aging the structure. I first made a light gray colorwash, and put that on the house. Jimmy wasn't happy with that color and wanted me to add some dark blue to it. He said it was too plain and needed more color. So I added some dark blue, put a little on the house, and Jimmy still wasn't happy. So I added more dark blue until I had a color that we were both happy with. I put about two coats of the color wash on the house.Jimmy then put the roof on the house. He said the roof is very simple, and consists of only four boards. Compliments of LPCullen
Jimmy begins construction of the Haunted House. He put the side pieces to the floors, and then weighted them down using paint cans until they were dry. He said it was easier to do it this way because there are no notches for the front walls so you needed something stable to glue them to--hence the laying of it on the floor like that until dry.Then Jimmy begins putting the front of the house on. He says this is a real simple little house to build, and quite fun.The base structure is now complete, and we will now work on the exterior of the house.Compliments of LPCullen
Well, I have finally decided to name my House Shadow Cliff House. I have added the lights and did a dirty wash on the house outside. Take a look: The fierplace flickers too! More to come soon! Later on today!<_<Complements of My Mini Shop
I have added the chimney stack and some stone around the windows. It is beginning to look like home :o I will started painting this house and as I have said in the past, the paint is what makes the house comes to life. http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com/forum/\html\style_emoticons\/blink.png' alt=':blink:'> ;)Here is a picture:I was going to do a how too regarding the stain glass windows because I used real lead but I deleated the pictures by mistake. Sorry :o <_< This is not the finished house though I am really close now.Complements of My Mini Shop
well although I am done with the building of the house.
I am not done with the display I am creating for or real world spookhouse.
tonight my SIL and her daughter came down to help with the paper machie....its been a long time since we had done this and next time I will bite the bullit and get the plaster strips tracy recommended. the way we did it took hours. but it is done while we girls worked on the caves my sweet hubby installed all of my lights.
And then we added one to the dungeon and one to the cave. And when all the lights are out in my house the stain glass windows shine and I am so happy its all turning out. this is my first major project of this kind and it is so much fun.



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step 3 putting it all together.



As you can tell the painting and planting have not started.
although I did grab a few greenery stems from Hobby Lobby when I went there for the lights. I grabbed as unusual as things as I could find.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
TTFN
nutti <_<
well the porch is on and the windows are in and the shutters and windowboxes are on also. I put the back roof on and will cover it with floral moss tomorrowso I am officially done with this build. and but for a few odds and ends the decorating is finished as well. I have decided to display this house at the Library for National Miniature month in October. so no more photos of the inside till I have it filled with all my goodies bed made and curtains hung....I have this really great web material from a pair of gloves the kid wore a couple of years ago. I had soo much fun doing this house.this is a recomend for a beginner. and it would be great decorated in alot of different ways as our other builders will soon show. I thank Greenleaf for giving me this opportunity to let the creative juices flow!TTFNnutti <_<
not much done so far today as the morning was spent birthday shopping for the daughters 14th birthday tomorrow.bit I have managed to get the floral moss on the roof and I LOVE it!thanks to Pumpkin I also dirty washed the whole outside and boy what a difference a day makes.it looks so old and dingy. hubby and kid very impressedand I am very pleased myself!now its time to go back to the kit box and get out the door,windows and porch sections. today is the offical one week of this project it just moves right along.nutti <_<
I started looking at my cave and wondering what I could do to add something different. The corner looked so bare and I decided to make a shelf there.Here is the shelf before it was all clayed up: I did not want to sculpt stones down in the cave so I decided to add more pieces left over from the cup holders randomly on the walls so that when I add the clay there will be parts sticking out.I know where I want the candle lights to go and I decided to add a fireplace which will have a flickering light and it also makes the other lights in the house flicker a little. <_< I just cut it out of foam board (1' thick) and it looked like this:I decided I liked it here better:I added paper clay to the cave:I then started adding clay to the roof:More to come soon!!!Complements of My Mini Shop
Jimmy wanted me to wallpaper the downstairs rooms, since he has great plans for the wallpaper. Of course, that consists of tearing up the wallpaper ... and other things ... The downstairs rooms were very easy to wallpaper, and I like the wall that the spackled ceiling looks with the wallpaper. Jimmy decided he would finish spackling the upstairs rooms. Got impatient, couldn't wait on me, which suits me fine since I didn't like spackling. I'm not sure he liked spackling either, since he told me I left him the "hard" parts ... did not, he just didn't wait for me to finish!Compliments of LPCullen
Jimmy has continued with the white washing of his trim, and has also added some black marks on the trim ... just because. I'm not sure why, but I like it.He also bricked his chimney, and then decided to "knock some of the bricks out".He then began putting his holes in his roof. He has further plans for that, but I am not allowed to disclose them ... he says it's a surprise.Compliments of LPCullen
Jimmy has begun building the furniture, and is currently building the kitchen table and the bed.First, he built the bed. Then he wanted a mattress in the bed, so he used some foam that we had laying around where I had padded some RW chairs and used that as a mattress. He rubbed the mattress into the dirt outside to make it dirty looking. He then used springs out of a lock and pushed the springs down into the mattress using the exacto knife, so now the bed has springs poking out of it.Then he began building the kitchen table. He broke the corner off the table to make it look old and used. He then made the legs look crooked to make the table look "wore out" and rickety.Jimmy said to tell all of you that if you want to build furniture this way, be sure to have plenty of booze on hand so you can see crooked, LOL! I guess I should say that you probably should drink the booze in order to see crooked ...Compliments of LPCullen
First, Jimmy drew some lines on the house. He wanted the house to appear that it was made out of boards. For the exterior of the house, he used a piece of siding from another house as a guide and drew some lines using a pencil.Then Jimmy used a smaller board to draw lines on the first floor room floors, and also on the front porch. Now it's my turn, and I wanted to make sure that the wood was sealed and wouldn't warp when I got ready to do some color washing to age the house, so the first thing I did was stain the house on the exterior, for the simple reason that Minwax stain is also a sealer. Plus, the stain of the wood added to the tone of the color wash, or so I thought.Compliments of LPCullen
Well in the southern area , where this house is, the rain began to fall. This immediately caused the roof to rust. How ever on a good note, it also helped the plants grow. You can see Spot the guard "dog", in his favorite spot under the porch. (You can tell him, he's not a dog if you like, I'm not gonna do it). Hattie started hanging a few curtains to brighten the place up a bit. IN the front yard on the right side you can see a young tree. It was made from a small tree form and leaves from one of those long vine wreaths you can get at the dollar store. The leaves for the tree in the distance also came from one of those. You can see Spot's tail sticking out, wagging and hoping for a visitor.This is my first attempt to make spanish moss, (something I have never seen in real life), I hope I did ok with it. You can see some of the shrubs the rain helped grow. The path is still being worked on. It will lead to the "Greenhouse" , Where Hattie grows her magical and poisionus plants.This picture is here just because Darrell likes the red checked curtains and "spot" so much. He has helped me weave such a story about this house. The stairs are in, but I am not taking pictures untill I finish decorating. I noticed on these pictures, I forgot to put a door knob on the front door and a handle on the screen door.Compliments of DarrellandMelissa
I have been very busy on the house the last few days. I added newspaper wallpaper and wooden beams to both second floor rooms. This was another war against warping. Each individual page of newspaper was cut out and applied. The beams are made from some scrap craft type sticks I had laying around. It took me a few tries to come up with a workable roof. I wanted it to resemble a tin roof. I used corragated scrapbook paper. Darrell spray painted the papers for me, as I can't be around those fumes. As you can see by the clamps on the back edge, I'm still fighting the warping war.This next picture is here because I finally won the war aginst warping. This time instead of gluing the boards down, and regluing the warpage, staining, regluing the warpage, waiting untill dry and gluing some more, I changed my tactics. I stained the boards. While they were still damp I cut them to size and glued them on. I attached a clamp at each seam and won the war. there was no need to reglue anything.The roof and flashing are on, but still need to be aged, that will take a few more days. The door and screen door have been attached. The steps are just sitting there, as they will be glued on after it has been attached to the base.The house has been attached to the base, steps glued on, and the landscaping has begun. It will have a rock pathway that will line up with the rock pathway to the Greenhouse (built earlier and on a seperate base).And last but not least, here is a close up of the porch.Today I plan to start aging the roof, landscape some more, and put in the kitchen curtains.Compliments of DarrellandMelissa
Or so I would like to think. I didn't really read the directions for this one, for some reason I found the print difficult to read. I kept with the kit design on this one except for changing the stairs. I filled in the staircase hole and moved the stairs into the other room against the wall. I plan to put a fake trap door at the top of the stairs in their new spot. Instead of making a haunted house, my house looks more abandoned. The glazing has been knocked out and vines are growing through the partially boarded windows. The door stands ajar, probably from some adventurous child on a dare.I hinged the front door with hem tape, it worked very well. I used spray paint (my new best friend) to paint the house and the trim. The yellow paint went on very streaky which gave the trim a very old weathered look. I loved it. I left the porch post off but used the decorative pieces. I made the railing from another piece of scrap wood and mitered the adjoining edges.The vine is from one of those tiny wreaths you can get at the craft store, 6 for 99 cents. I soaked the wreath in warm water until it became pliable and then I stuck it on the house. I used tape to hold it into place until it dried and then added glue to tack it down in spots.I'm going to try to find a home for this adorable little house, which is why I didn't go all out. As it stands now, the new owner can continue with the derelict house theme, make it into a halloween house, or (with a few changes) into a cute little cottage. I love this house. I would keep it if I could.Compliments of CatColorado
The inside has been covered with boards to keep with the design of the house.The outside is starting to look like I visualised it. In this picture you can see the screen door and steps leading to the porch, as well as the porch posts themselves. The screen was made from coffee stirrer sticks and panyhose. The steps were made from scraps from the kit.Darrell created an arched door, out of the scraps from the kit, for the second floor doorway.Here you can see how we used pieces of leather to make hinges for the door..I think it may be easier if I add the second floor winow and inside trim before gluing the roof on. The trim will have to be constructed to match the new shaps the windows have. Wait untill you see the roof, not sure what we have planned will work, but will try it.Compliments of DarrellandMelissa
well I have been on a small break from the house. Ive been waiting for the lights to get here I ordered from HBS. today they arrived and I dont think I can use 2 of them. will have Dean look at them and see what he thinks.I had to go back and restick all of my floral moss to the roof. spray adhesive does NOT work for this type of thing...well not for me at least. so I used good ole Aileens tacky glue which is wonderful for most all projects,though it was asked why not use the glue gun?? well duuuhh coz that was to easy and less mess...not exactly how I do things. <_< so I used crackle on the shutters and windowboxes...guess I let it dry to long and its not crackling so Now I will have to do some sanding to age it. the porch rails and window trims are white...but only till dry than I will give them a dirty wash as well. I painted the porch floor gray over crackle....I wonder if I didnt get it shook up enough? because I usually am much happier with my results. but as its a Haunted house Im not gonna get to shook up over it. :o this house is not being done the way I had originally planned but than they seldom do around me. I wanted to use paperclay for the outside walls for a stone cottage...but I think the tissue effect came as a good substitute. I have to cut my chimney tonight and get it started. 2 thoughts as to how I will do this...1st use floral styrofoam and cut stone shapes into itor use foamcore of the builders foam and spackle adding aquarium rock to it like I did on the Glencroft....I have to say I am leaning to this. but before I do it Im going to go get something from Walmart which I hope will set it off and make it look interresting. no photos just waiting for the paint to dry.TTFNnutti :o
I was so excited to get this kit. This is one of those kits that can be done MANY different ways. As a matter of fact, I plan on doing two of these. They are Quick to build & easy to Edit.I decided to create a Cave under the house. This house will sit on a Mountain Cliff base. First, I started building the house. I decided I did not like the Window Grids so I cut them out:I decided to create the base by using materials I had on hand. Some people are afraid to use Foam Board because they think it is not sturdy enough. I like it because it is light weight and I can cut it with my hobby knief.I added the walls. It will add another 9 inches to the hieght and 17 inches wide and 11" deep. I used Grill scewers (grocery store item)to add the side walls to the front wall. This will help keep this baase in place while the glue dries. I pushed it in about 3 or four inches and cut the exposed parts off with my east cutter.I then took those Drink Holders you get from Mcdonalds and cut them up and glued them on the base. I also use tape till the glue dried. I used a hot glue gun after a while because this will NOT come off after I am finished. I decided to add stairs to the side of the house I cut seven 2" x 2" (approx.) peices and hot glued them on. The clay and plaster strips with give it extra strength.After looking at this I decided there needed to be an entry way into the base so I cut out a opening:This is the inside so far:Complements of My Mini Shop