Autumn is here so you know what that means. Frosty mornings, the crunch of leaves, bonfires, and massive heating bills. To save energy, and hopefully cut costs, here’s a few DIY tips before winter.
Handmade Christmas - How to make decorative Christmas gifts
If you’re struggling to think of a gift for someone this Christmas, why not put in the effort and make something this year. You can be as ambitious or simple as you like but as Christmas is just around the corner, we’ve partnered with speedy DIYer Clare Johnson to create an easy decorative project to get you started.
Step 1. Choose your wood
You can use any size or shape you like depending on the houses you want to make. This project is perfect if you’ve got small leftover pieces of wood that you’re unsure what to do with.
We used a flat piece from the base, cubes roughly cut for houses and a small log cut in half for the roofs.
Step 2. Sand the wooden pieces
Lightly sand each piece so it’s smooth to the touch and there’s no splinters.
You can round off the edges if you want but there’s no need to be too neat about it. An uneven finish proves that it’s handmade!
Step 3. Paint the wooden pieces
Once your wooden houses are smooth, give them a coat of paint.
If you’re planning on dotting your houses around your garden (they’d be a great feature on a bird bath) then use garden paint. Otherwise, chalk paint can be used if you’re keeping your handmade present indoors.
I used garden paint in Daisy for the base and one house and Cornflour Blue on the other houses.
Step 4. Add a weathered look
Quickly sand the houses to create a distressed look.
Use Daisy to paint four small windows. Leave the paint to dry and then use a darker colour to create window panes.
Step 5. Attach a roof
We used a small log for the roof to create a cottage. Drill a small hole in the log and use a rusty nail to secure the roof to the house. Leave the nail sticking out slightly to act as the chimney.
Step 6. Add railings to the painted base
Create railings around the base of your houses by placing evenly spacing out nails around the edge.
Weave a piece of string through the railings to finish the look.
Step 7. Add doors
Use a small piece of wood to create the door and add it to the front of the house with glue.
Step 8. Add streetlights
It’s up to you what kind of detail you add to your street scene. We bent a couple of rusty nails with pliers to make streetlights but you could also add trees or even tiny people.
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