I was at Michael’s craft store the other day looking for a few supplies for my holiday display (yes, I have already started on the winter holidays! But in my defense, I am a blogger and most of us work ahead of the season, just like magazines) when I saw the cutest little wooden casket. Not sure anyone has referred to a casket as “cute” before! I thought it might make a fun wee Halloween diorama. So I looked around and found a sticker set from Jolees (here). It is supposed to be used for scrap booking, but who cares? It ended up being the perfect size for my little Halloween craft.
Here is what you will need for your supplies:
- A little wooden coffin
- A sticker set like the one shown above
- Paint brush
- Glue gun
- Wooden stick(s)
Start by adding a little glue (from the glue gun) to the hinges of the coffin. You need to hold the top open while the glue dries. It only takes about a minute. Be sure not to have the top open more than 90 degrees or it can topple over backwards if it is too far open. I learned that the hard way.
I decided to pain the inside of the coffin a bright orange. I thought it would give a good contrast to the grayish stickers, plus it helps with the whole Halloween theme.
While the orange paint dried, I made a few L-shaped supports by cutting the thin wood sticks with my scissors. Then I glued them together to form the L shape and let them dry. Once dry I stuck them to the backs of the stickers I was using in my display, making sure to leave a 1/4 inch space below each sticker. It will become apparent why this is important later.
Next I painted the rest of the coffin black. After everything was dry, I started placing my stickers. I started with the haunted house in the back. Notice the 1/4 inch space below the house. This is important, so don’t forget to do it.
Next glue the tree and the tombstones to the bottom of the coffin. Notice they are all on a different plane. This gives depth to your diorama.
Next add the moon and ghosts to the top of the display. Doesn’t it look cute?
When everything is glued into place, finish by covering the bottom with the moss. I used a little bit of glue, but you really don’t need it. The moss is spongy and comes up about 1/4 of an inch, which is why you needed to add a bit of height to your lower diorama pieces.
And there you have it! A cute little coffin diorama of a haunted house. Didn’t it turn out almost professional? I swear I would buy something like this on Etsy. And the whole thing only took about 45 minutes, and that includes drying time! So be sure to get to your local craft store to buy your supplies before Halloween is over. Happy crafting!