Happy (cyber) Monday! Thought I would interrupt all the shopping with a really easy to make Christmas decor DIY inspired by these handcrafted houses by Threshold from Target. A trip to the man store and a little paint is all you need!


I had purchased a couple of the Threshold version (shown above on instagram) for the built-ins in our family room and wished I could get a bunch more to decorate our mantel with at Christmas but I also wanted them to have a pop of color. Instead of buying more and then potentially not liking how they looked with a little paint, I asked Johan to help with a DIY version and these cute little houses were born.

decorative-wood-house-diy-2To make your own, YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 – 2×6 piece of lumber (usually 8 feet long)
  • 1 – 2×4 piece of lumber (usually 8 feet long)
  • Chop saw or a really helpful employee at the man store
  • Sand paper or sanding brick
  • Paint and small paint brush (optional)


  1. Decide how tall you want your houses — Ours are about 8, 7, 6 and 5 inches tall from bottom to peek.
  2. Measure on wood and cut (either at home or at the hardware store).
  3. To make the roof, set the chop saw to a 45 degree angle and make a cut to the middle of the top of your wood. Repeat cut on the other side.
  4. Smooth out all edges with sand paper or brick.
  5. If desired, paint roof tops. I used the hand made modern acrylic paint from Target but any kind of craft or interior paint will do.

Let me know if you have any questions. They look really cute bunched together, alone under a glass dome or in a kid’s room with some bottle brush trees. Now I’m off to check a few things off our shopping list!

XO, Rae


2 Responses to WOOD HOUSE DIY

  1. michelle November 30, 2015 at #

    can you post a couple of patterns or templates?

    • rae December 8, 2015 at #

      Hey Michelle! Sorry for the delay… happy to make a template. I’ll update in the next couple of days so check back :) XO

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