Friday, September 9, 2016

A Graphic 45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland spooky house with a secret!

This house has a secret and I made it especially for my chocoholic friends!  Trust me, this is just  what you need because this cute and spooky Halloween house is a cleverly disguised candy box.  Ha, you can hide your chocolate stash in this box and no one will be the wiser!  The roof of the house is actually hinged at the top and each roof lifts up to reveal a nice little box where you can stash your favorite chocolates.

The box is made from two Graphic 45 Staples boxes.  I built each side of the house independent of the other and glued them together at the end.  First I cut two panels for the ends of the box that would support the roof and glued them to the smaller sides of the box on the outside.  The flap of the box that forms the book box cover is glued so that it stands up forming the top of the roof peak.  The chipboard panel is cut to   fit over the opening in the box, forming the roof.  I attached it to the roof peak with a small piece of folded cardstock adhering one side of the cardstock to the chipboard roof flap and the other side to the roof peak forming a flap that can be raised and lowered.   Now I glued the tall backs of the two boxes together forming the house.  I used Washi tape to cover the seam where the two roofs meet so that the roof hinge was  reinforced and the roof flaps would not tear off.    I also used Washi tape to reinforce the seam on the sides where the two boxes are joined together.

Before you finish the inside of the roof flaps attach an Ornate Metal Label Holder to each roof flap.  Then when you cover the inside of the roof, the backs of the metal brads won't show.  The rabbit and Mad Hatter on this side were fussy cut from an ephemera card.

I fussy cut the cat from the signature page.

I turned another ephemera card into a door by adding heat embossed hinges and a Prima metal knob.

I added metal tab holders to use as finger holds to lift the roof and get at the secret chocolate stash!  :-)


Graphic 45 Supplies:
Hallowe'en in Wonderland Deluxe Collector's Edition
2 Staples ATC Book Boxes Black
Staples Washi Tape
2 Staples Ornate Metal Label Holders

Black cardstock
2 -  8.5" x 11"Chipboard sheets
Creative Embellishments Cats on Fence Border
Creative Embellishments Spider Web Corner Set
Cheery Lynn B847 Witch's Brew die
Cheery Lynn B829 Happy Halloween die
Cheery Lynn CAFLRS14 Flourish 14 leaf die
Lindy's Flat Fabio Toto's Tornado Black mist; Cajun Carnelian Red, Gator Gumbo Olive
Petaloo Botanica Blooms x 4 Lav/purple
Petaloo Spring Berry Picks Lav/purple
Petaloo Mini's x 11 Lav/purple
Petaloo Botanicas Mixed Blooms x 6 Lav/purple
Petaloo Botanica Anemone x 6 pistachio
Petaloo Textured Elements x 4 Moss Green
Prima Chantilly Metal Knobs
Olive silk ribbon
Spellbinders spider die
Sizzix Hinges, Latches, Handle & Photo Turns die

Stampendous Aged Bronze Embossing Powder

Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate it!


  1. Maggi, this is beyond scrumptious!!!!

  2. Love the stash. I need one but my kids would find it. Hehe, beautifully done.

  3. Exquisite and so well crafted right down to the candies

  4. First of all this is a fabulous project. I made this for my husband who has cancer to hide his candy stash. However, this s not a tutorial. The supply list is great however several of the items are discontinued. If you are new to altered art this project will be a challenge as measurements for the chip board required are not included. I have save my measurements so I can make this for Christmas and easter. This tutorial is only for those who are advanced.

    1. This was not billed as or intended to be a tutorial. I am glad you were able to figure it out and I hope your husband enjoyed it. I made this for my Mom who was hospitalized at the time so that she could share chocolates with her nurses and doctors. I did start out with plans to do a tutorial for this but my Moms hospitalization prevented that. Hopefully, in the future! Thanks for stopping by!


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