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DIY Halloween Village

My DIY Halloween Village came about because I found the cutest mini skeleton dogs on Amazon!  I knew I had to have them but did not know how I would use them to decorate. When I stumbled upon these birdhouses, I knew I needed to build a spooky village for my skeleton pups! 

spooky town

Step 1: Spray the Birdhouses

To start, I gave my birdhouses a “greyscale” look.  First, I sprayed one black and one white.  Then, I sprayed the others different shades of grey. 

halloween village
snow village halloween

I chose to use white and a lighter grey to keep my village from looking too spooky!  I didn’t want to lock my village into being JUST a Halloween village – I plan to transition it into a Christmas after Halloween!  

Step 2: Build & Spray the Base

Searching the shed, I found a piece of 1/4″ thick, 4 1/2″ wide board and knew it was perfect to be the base of my Halloween Village.   I cut it to 30″ long and sprayed the board black to give the town a darker look overall.  I am planning to make a new base for Christmas and will likely make the Christmas base white.


After I sprayed my board, I decided to use a 1/2″ dowel to add a trim to the base.  This did two things.  First, it raise the base a bit and second, it provided me with a space to put the battery packs of the string lights! I cut the piece with a Table Saw and attached them using my Brad Nailer. I left a small gap so the wires from my lights could come up into the village.

halloween village
halloween village
halloween village

Step 3: Add Trees to Base

diy village

To make things easy for me I grabbed a few sticks I liked from my backyard and sprayed them black.  

Then, I drilled small holes in the base board using a 5/32″ bit.   I made sure to drill along the edge, so the hole went into the trim and did not go through the base board.  Then, I simply stuck my trees into the holes.  With creepy trees added, it was time to add the village!

halloween village
village base

Step 4: Assemble Houses on the Base

Since I plan to make a new base for Christmas, I did not want to attach the houses to the base.  I do not intend to move my village, so I just set them on top.  However, if you plan to move your base around, I recommend using Velcro to attach the houses!

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Step 5: Decorate!

Here is where you can get creative! As I said earlier, the entire design for my Haunted Village came about to be a home for my mini skeleton dogs.  I added mini pumpkins, which I actually plucked out of a Halloween potpourri.  I then made little broomsticks using literal sticks and grass from my backyard!   Next I made grave stones out of a foam floral block and ghosts out of an XL bandage!  Finally, I added my lights and I was done. You can really add whatever accessories you want to your village.. just use your imagination! 

halloween diy
halloween village

Looking for more Halloween DIYs?  Check out all of our Holiday How-To’s here!

Halloween Village Links

I purchased my birdhouses in store at Walmart and unfortunately they are not offered online for the same price (I paid $1/birdhouse) so I am linking similar options! 

price low
base board
1/4" x 4" Plank
1/2" Dowel
Pumpkin Potpourri
halloween village

DIY Halloween Village

Build Time 3 hours
Dry Time 1 hour


  • Table Saw
  • Brad Nailer
  • Drill


  • Birdhouses
  • 1/4" x 4" S4S Poplar Board
  • 1/2" Square Dowel
  • Spray Paint black, white, grey
  • Sticks
  • Velcro (optional)
  • Decorations lights, skeletons, etc!


  • Spray the Birdhouses
  • Build & Spray the Base
  • Add Trees to Base
  • Assemble the Houses on the Base
  • Decorate
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