I hate to waste things…nice fabric, pretty ribbon, scraps of wood. To me, there are so many ways to enjoy these items a little longer! For Christmas, I decided to upgrade a pile of scrap wood by making mini wooden houses. They’re the perfect addition to a Christmas cloche or mantel this holiday season. Today, I’m giving you the full scoop on how to make your own!
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Welcome to the Pinterest Challenge!
Welcome to another Pinterest Challenge! If you aren’t familiar with our monthly challenge, it’s a fun collaboration where bloggers create their own interpretations of a pin from Pinterest.
If you’ve come over via White Arrows Home, I know Kristin charmed you with her Christmas jar decor. I’d love to visit her cozy cabin someday!
And now for the challenge…
Pinterest Inspiration Photo
This month’s inspiration comes from Katrin at Northern Feeling. She assembled a delicate holiday village in a glass jar, complete with bottle brush trees, paper houses, faux snow and twinkle lights.
What I love about Katrin’s project is the simple elegance and playfulness of the scene. It has a dash of whimsy with the hand-drawn buildings, and the snow and starry lights add a magical vibe.
In my interpretation, I decided to pay homage to her minimalist style by designing small wooden houses with clean lines. I also incorporated a mix of trees and replaced the jar with a glass cloche.
How to Make Miniature Wooden Houses
My husband loves woodworking and has built DIY farmhouse headboards, raised garden beds, and custom activity tables for our boys.
However, that doesn’t mean he gets to have all the fun in the workshop!
I’m envisioning many Christmas crafts in “the shop” this year, but I started with this easy woodworking project to kick off the season.
Supplies for mini wooden houses
- Scrap wood (or pre-made wooden houses)
- Scroll saw or band saw
- 200-grit sandpaper
- Acrylic paint
- Artificial snow
- Twinkle lights
- Glass cloche (for display)
Step 1: Trace patterns onto scrap wood
If you can draw straight lines, you can create a pattern for small wooden houses. Start by sketching an outline of the house directly onto the wood block, adding a chimney or other features if you so choose.
We had several pieces of scrap wood my husband kindly shared with me for this mini house project.
Step 2: Cut wood using a scroll saw or band saw
In past woodworking tutorials, like my DIY wooden bunny and wooden yard pumpkins, I’ve used either a jigsaw or scroll saw. A scroll saw gives you quite a bit of control over small pieces like this. It’s also fairly affordable and doesn’t require much space.
This time, I got a quick tutorial on how to operate hubby’s custom-built band saw! I’m still a little shocked that he built this thing from scratch and it actually works really well! (Please don’t tell him how surprised I was.)
Step 3: Sand and paint or stain the houses
Once you have the decorative houses cut, you can sand the edges and surface with 220-grit sandpaper. This will help the paint or stain adhere more evenly.
Deciding whether to paint, stain, or otherwise decorate your wooden houses is a matter of personal preference. I ended up painting simple black, white, and red houses, adding windows and doors as well.
I honestly debated whether to only paint the roofs or decoupage one face of the houses. What are your thoughts? I think I’ll just need to make some more!
I also decided to stain a wooden Christmas tree that I cut while I was on the saw. Did I mention how much I like using that saw?
Step 4: Sand the painted houses
For a more vintage Christmas style, you can sand some of the paint off the wooden houses. I adore the shabby chic, chippy look that it gives them.
Step 5: Display your mini wooden houses
There’s nothing like creating Christmas scenes with unique DIY accents. In keeping with the Pinterest Challenge theme, I decided to display the miniature houses under a glass cloche.
You might remember this glass dome from another challenge back in August when I created a DIY fall centerpiece.
I started with the houses, a few bottle brush trees, and a small green tree that I crafted from additional scrap wood. Of course, I couldn’t complete the scene without a little fake snow.
I love how the “snow” collects on the little chimney! Fair warning, it will also collect everywhere else you open this packet, but it’s the most realistic stuff I’ve ever bought!
Here’s a little view of the Christmas cloche with twinkle lights added. I can’t wait to put up the big Christmas tree and see what it looks like in the background!
I hope you’ll enjoy making these Christmas decorations to give your home a handmade touch.
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Continue Your Tour
Don’t stop here! My friends have put their own spins on our Pinterest Challenge, so make sure you stop by to visit their homes with the links below.
Next on your tour is my blogging bestie, Julie from My Wee Abode! She is continuing the fall spirit with a lovely vignette using gourds, grains, and twinkle lights!