Introduction: Cardboard Haunted House With Lights.
Tools & materials:
cardboard stock, corrugated cardboard, hot glue, fiber optic strands of various colors, clear plastic sheets, acrylic paint, heavy duty scissors, exacto knife, scrapbooking paper (for wallpaper) led lights & switches, hole punch, elmers clear dry glue, & lots of time & patience.
Step 1: Basic House Shape
First I made a basic sketch of how I wanted the house to look. I then took corrugated cardboard & glued the cardstock type cardboard down after sketching the perimeter of the house onto the cardboard base. Before doing this I cut the spots out where the windows are.
Step 2: Siding, Shingles, Wallpaper, Windows, & Paint.
I cut strips of cardstock which I used to make the siding. I used black scrapbook paper with a texture for the shingles. I also used scrapbook paper for the wallpaper inside. After that I glued the plastic windows in & got to work on the paint.
Step 3: Adding the Lights & Fiber Optic Strands.
I made a lightbox to run a majority of the fiber optic cables to using a multi led flashlight as a basis. It has several white leds along with flashing red and blue which worked perfect for my application here. I made tubes out of straws to route the various strands of fiber optic cables into. It took several yards of multiple colored fiber optic strands.
Step 4: Stickers
I purchased several stickers to decorate the house. I originally intended to make it a boardgame based off a themepark with a haunted house as the central part but I scrapped that idea in favor of just making it a neat Halloween display for trick or treaters to enjoy seeing in the window.
Step 5: Demonic Pentagram With Casket
One of the central aspects of the outside lawn of the house was the demon casket. I made a mold using cardboard & used several hot glue sticks to make it & glued a plastic skeleton inside with more hot glue running fiber optic cables to his eyes for flashing effect & other fiber optic cable to light him up. I then added fake blood over him which made for a cool effect. I made a pentagram base out of cardboard & used hot glue around the edges to look like blood oozing out once it was painted. I looked up demonic symbols online & meticulously painted them all around the pentagram.
Step 6: Unexpected Visitors!
Look who showed up!
Step 7: Waiting for Nightfall.
Soon the sun will set. Creatures of the night are ready.House guests not so much.
Step 8: Artificial Light Take Over.
For the sake of the house guests hopefully there's not a thunderstorm that knocks the power out.