A Hauntingly Fun Halloween Decoration DIY

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It’s that spine-tingling time of year, and we’re on a mission to help you turn up the spooky vibes with some upcycled DIY fun! This Halloween inspired castle craft will have you saying “Spooktacular!” as you cut, color, and glue your way to a boo-tifully crafted castle. With just a few items from around the house and some OOLY art supplies, you can turn your castle dream into a delightful (and slightly eerie) reality! Ready to make some fang-tastically fun memories? Let’s get our spooky on! 

Time Duration: 30-45 minutes 

Skill Level: Beginner

OOLY Products Needed

Other Items Needed: 

  • Scissors (adult supervision required)
  • X-acto knife (adult supervision required)
  • Glue 
  • Pencil
  • Paper towel rolls


Adult hand holding empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls with white backdrop
Black sketchbook, chroma blends paint brushes, and watercolor paint on white table

Step 1: For this craft, you need at least 2 empty paper towel rolls and 2 toilet paper rolls (or you can cut a paper towel roll in half). Give them a spooky makeover by wrapping them up in Black DIY Cover Sketchbook paper. Simply cut the paper to the correct size, add glue to the roll, and wrap. These will be the main structure of your castle.

Step 2: Every castle needs a strong foundation. This castle comes together by attaching the four cardboard rolls together. Start by gluing the two longest rolls together and then attaching one short roll on each side.

Hand holding x-acto knife, cutting black tubes with arts and crafts supplies on a white table

Step 3: Using either scissors or an x-acto knife, cut out the areas where you want the windows and doors to go – peek-a-BOO!

White sketchbook with brand new ooly paintbrushes and ooly watercolor paint on white table

Step 4: Now you’re going to create creep-tastic windows, doors and roofs. To start you want to paint a full sheet of  the White DIY Cover Sketchbook with the Chroma Blends – Pearlescent watercolor. I used orange and pink.

Hand flat on table next to sketchbook with orange paint brush strokes, paint brushes, and watercolor paint

Step 5: Next, take your painted sheets of paper and cut out the doors, windows, and rooftop shapes. TIP: For the windows and doors, be sure to look at the shape and size of your openings so that everything fits nicely together.

Rainbow spark glitter markers and color lustre metallic color markers on white table next to cut out shapes of roof, doors, and windows

Step 6: Add details like doorknobs and window panes to these features using Totally Taffy Scented Gel Pens, Color Lustre Metallic Brush Markers or Rainbow Sparkle Glitter Markers. Simple squiggles work great for the roof!

Hand holding haunted house craft with black, orange, purple and pink doors, windows and roof

Step 7: Mount the roof, door, and windows to your mighty paper towel castle, using glue of course.

Hand using green marker to draw grass on the bottom of a haunted house craft with gel pens and markers on table

Step 8: Bring the whole thing to life by adding details with OOLY’s Vivid Pop! Water Based Paint Markers, Color Lustre Metallic Brush Markers, Rainbow Sparkle Glitter Markers or Stickiville stickers. I added grass, some bricks, and a spooky sign.

Three small craft haunted houses colored orange, pink, and purple and made out of paper and toilet paper rolls

Optional Extras:

Crafting our spooky castle isn’t just about making a decoration—it’s about brewing memories, igniting creativity, and experiencing the magic of Halloween in every brushstroke and sticker. Dive in, let your imagination run wild, and when you’ve crafted your supernatural spectacle, share it with us. We’re dying to be spellbound by your creation!

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