With spring just around the corner, I’ve been in the mood to decorate my home. While cleaning out my garage, I found some scrap wooden blocks and thought I should put them to good use. What better way to compliment my home than a little centerpiece for my fireplace mantle?
This little neighborhood of miniature wooden houses are shabby sweet and cozy – a perfect compliment to the hearth of the home. These can be created with just a few simple supplies that will give big results!
Paper Pack: Chocolate Kisses by Sugarplum Paperie
Step 1: Choose various pieces of digital papers in coordinating colors. Shrink them down so that several varieties will print on a single sheet of paper. No need to waste paper because you won’t need that much. Gather your other supplies, including Mod Podge.
I was able to find some scrap wood in my garage. I had my fiance cut out three different sized house shapes. Each piece measures just under 3-inches. If you don’t have access to cut your own pieces of wood, you can buy these pre-made in most craft supply stores or have your local hardware store cut them to size for you.
Step 2. Use each piece of wood as a template to cut your patterned papers. Tip: Leave a little extra paper around the edge of your wooden pieces. You can always trim to size after you’ve adhered it to the wood.
Here you will see each of my pieces cut out. I cut two of each that will be used to cover the front and backside.
Step 3. This is an optional step. Use either paint or an ink pad to stain around the edges of the wood. I used a white ink pad to blot around the edges. It gave the wood a nice whitewash appearance – perfect for what I was looking for.
Step 4. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge directly onto the wood, then adhere the paper pieces. Allow it to set for a few minutes, then apply another thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of the paper.
Step 5. Once the Mod Podge has dried (about 10 minutes), you can begin embellishing away! I added crochet lace trim, shabby crinkle ribbon, some pearls, and a little flower. For my last detail, I used a heart-shaped punch to add to each of the smaller houses. For the large house, I hand-cut a banner and stamped “Home” for the focal point.
I hope these little houses have inspired you to get crafty and create something special for your own home!
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