Cut and Assemble Haunted House front cover

Cut & Assemble Haunted House

If you have some time on your hands and a ton of patience, Matt Bergstrom’s Cut and Assemble Haunted House: Easy-to-Make Paper Model is the project for you. Bergstrom’s “deliciously creepy Victorian mansion is loaded with spooky fun, inside and out!” according to’s description of this intricate Halloween project. I decided to find out for myself just how “deliciously creepy” it is and embarked on an extended “construction project.”

Bergstrom offers three levels of difficulty:

Easier…Harder…Most Difficult

I chose to do the Most Difficult. We’ll see how I fare at the project’s conclusion.

I strongly suggest gathering your tools before beginning. I am using a cutting mat, craft knife, craft and detail scissors, tacky glue, tape runner and 6” and 12” metal rulers.

Let the construction begin!

After reading the instructions and deciding to also do the house’s interior, I cut out and scored the mansion exterior walls and bay windows. Using a combination of tacky glue and the tape runner, I assembled the basic structure and attached the bay windows. (Note: There are precise directions for scoring each piece with “mountain” or “valley scores.”)

House exterior with bay windows and house front on base with hill

After cutting and scoring the front doors and attaching the front entry, I glued the structure to the house base. I cut the cellar doors and added the cellar steps. I then glued the hill to the base and added the side steps.

The stairs seem to give me the most grief. Tiny tabs and big fingers don’t work well together!

As you can see, the steps are a work in progress as I am having difficulties keeping them attached to the base.

Front Porch

Next I cut and assembled the front porch, glued it to the house front and added the small porch roof.

Sun Porch pre-roofing

My final addition of this day was the sun porch. I cut out and scored both the exterior and interior pieces, glued the together adding the fortune teller.

“I see many, many weeks of construction!”

Here’s a peek at the fortune teller that will be visible in the interior.

To be continued…

Next week, I’ll go inside adding the rec room and dungeon.

Cut and Assemble Haunted House: Easy-to-Make Paper Model is a publication of Dover Publications and retails for $12.95 US.

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