Small Wooden House Craft

Last Updated on May 27, 2021 by Ellen Christian

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Check out this easy small wooden house craft that’s perfect for your mantel. Make your own small wooden house decoration with this tutorial.

If you want to create a focal point in your living room, it’s entirely possible that it’s your fireplace. So, why not try making this easy decoration.

There are lots of easy wood crafts that you can make. If you’re handy yourself, you can probably tackle it on your own. Otherwise, have your spouse or friend help.

Check out this easy small wooden house craft that's perfect for your mantle. Make your own small wooden house decoration with this tutorial.

Small Wooden House Craft

I love the way mantels and bookshelves look with tiny wooden houses placed near each other to form a village or community. It’s a fun way to decorate that really appeals to me.

There are some really complicated little wooden houses ideas. But, I really wanted something that was uncluttered and had a country feel to it to match my home.

You can place this house alone on a shelf or mantel. Or, you can make three or four of them and paint them all different colors to create a little town.

a piece of pine wood with a pencil and ruler

What is the best wood to use?

This small wooden house craft was made with pine scraps. But, if you happen to have another type of wood leftover from a wood project, you can definitely use that instead.

You want a piece that is at least 5″ long and doesn’t have knots or cracks in it. Look for a nice, smooth surface without blemishes.

painting a wooden shape with white paint

Best paint for wooden house decorations

This craft will be displayed inside so acrylic paint works well. This was done with white paint to best show off the cute little jute wreath on the front. 

But, you can paint your houses any color you want to. Just be sure that the color is light enough so that you can see the black Sharpie marks on it.

Create several of them in different colors and place them in a row. You could even make some of them taller than the others for visual interest.

Check out this easy small wooden house craft that's perfect for your mantle. Make your own small wooden house decoration with this tutorial.

Small wooden house craft materials

  • Pine lumber (1×6) at least 5″ long
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hand saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Black Sharpie
  • Hot glue and glue gun

sanding the edge of a piece of wood

What if I don’t have a saw?

So if tools, in general, aren’t your thing, you can easily start with one of the wooden craft houses to paint from your local craft store. Then, you will have the shape already made.

You’ll just need to paint and create the little wreath to get this same design. You can start with this wooden house.

a small wooden house with black sharpie on the edges

How to make a small wooden house

  • Mark out your house on the piece of pine using a ruler and a pencil. Start with a rectangle that’s 5” tall by 3.5” wide. On your top line, make a pencil mark at the halfway point (1.75” inches from the edge) for the peak of your roof. On the sides, measure down 1” from the top and make a mark for the bottom edges of the roof. Draw a line from each of the edge roof marks to the peak mark. Once you have your house drawn out, use a hand saw to carefully cut it out.
  • Use a black permanent marker to outline all of the edges of the wood house to make the darker edges when you sand the paint down.

small white wooden painted house with a paintbrush

  • Paint the entire wooden house with your white acrylic paint. Do as many coats as needed to completely cover the black edging. Let the paint dry completely between coats and after the final coat. (You can use a blow dryer if you’re impatient!)
  • Once the paint has dried, start sanding the edges of the house until the black starts peeking through. Once you see black, be careful to not sand much more in that spot, you don’t want the black part to sand off!

making a tiny jute wreath

How to make the jute wreath

  • For the jute wreath, take a white pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Then overlap the pipe cleaner and twist it around itself, making it into a 1- 1 ½” circle. Cut a long piece of jute and wrap it around and around the pipe cleaner until it’s completely covered. Trim off any excess jute and use hot glue to secure the ends down.
  • Hot glue the wreath to the upper middle section of your wooden house.

tiny wooden house with a wreath on the front

  • Take a 5” piece of baker’s twine and tie it into a bow that’s a little bit smaller than the width of your wreath. Trim the ends to your desired length and hot glue it to the bottom middle of the wreath. Use a tiny bit of glue here, any extra sticks right to the wreath and will be gunky looking!

Check out this easy small wooden house craft that's perfect for your mantel. Make your own small wooden house decoration with this tutorial.

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Small Wooden House Craft

Check out this easy small wooden house craft that's perfect for your mantel. Make your own small wooden house decoration with this tutorial.

Check out this easy small wooden house craft that's perfect for your mantle. Make your own small wooden house decoration with this tutorial.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty moderate
Estimated Cost $15.00

Materials

  • Pine lumber 1x6 (at least 5” long)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hand saw
  • Sand paper
  • Black permanent marker
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint brush/foam brush
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Jute
  • Baker’s twine
  • Hot glue

Tools

  • Hand saw

Instructions

  1. Mark out your house on the piece of pine using a ruler and a pencil. Start with a rectangle that’s 5” tall by 3.5” wide. On your top line, make a pencil mark at the halfway point (1.75” inches from edge) for the peak of your roof. On the sides, measure down 1” from the top and make a mark for the bottom edges of the roof. Draw a line from each of the edge roof marks to the peak mark. Once you have your house drawn out, use a hand saw to carefully cut it out. 
  2. Use a black permanent marker to outline all of the edges of the wood house to make the darker edges when you sand the paint down.
  3. Paint the entire wooden house with your white acrylic paint. Do as many coats as needed to completely cover the black edging. Let the paint dry completely between coats and after the final coat. (You can use a blow dryer if you’re impatient!)
  4. Once the paint has dried, start sanding the edges of the house until the black starts peeking through. Once you see black, be careful to not sand much more in that spot, you don’t want the black part to sand off!
  5. For the jute wreath, take a white pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Then overlap the pipe cleaner and twist it around itself, making it into a 1- 1 ½” circle. Cut a long piece of jute and wrap it around and around the pipe cleaner until it’s completely covered. Trim off any excess jute and use hot glue to secure the ends down.
  6. Hot glue the wreath to the upper middle section of your wooden house.
  7. Take a 5” piece of baker’s twine and tie it into a bow that’s a little bit smaller than the width of your wreath. Trim the ends to your desired length and hot glue it to the bottom middle of the wreath. Use a tiny bit of glue here, any extra sticks right to the wreath and will be gunky looking!

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