DIY Wooden Gingerbread House
This is a simple DIY on how to make a wooden gingerbread house. When I made my Halloween Garland, I knew I wanted it to be able to transition from Halloween to Christmas décor! So I made my mini pumpkins & ghosts removable by utilizing fishhooks!
Since I used yarn to create my Halloween décor, I decided to go a different direction for Christmas. I went with wood! These DIY mini–Gingerbread Houses were so fun to make. I made them to hang on my garland but they would also work great as stand alone holiday décor!
Step 1: Make the Stencil
I decided to do Wooden Gingerbread Houses. I found a couple of different versions of houses and printed out my stencil.
Step 2: Cut out Shapes
Using the stencils, I traced the design onto 1/2″ Popular Board. Then utilizing a Jigsaw, I cut out each wooden house.
Step 3: Drill Holes (optional – if planning to hang)
Using a Drill Press and a 11/64 drill bit, drill holes into each house. I drilled directly through each house. Then, utilizing a 5/16 drill bit, I made the indent at the bottom bigger. Since I planned to tie string through the houses, I want to be able to hide the knot!
Note: The Clock Tower house was too skinny at the top to drill the hole through. Therefore, I did a hole straight across for this one.
Step 4: Decorate
This is where my Gingerbread houses really started to take form! I used white paint and a small paint brush and began adding the details. I googled gingerbread houses and found inspiration in different designs.
If you don’t know where to start, just add snowflakes and hearts and you cannot go wrong!
Step 5: Apply Finish
After allowing the paint to dry, I applied one coat of Poly on top to seal the wood.
Step 6: Add the Strings (optional – if planning to hang)
Next, I cut my string to size and tied it on. I created a loop at the top of the houses and tied a large knot at the bottom.
TIP: I was struggling to get the string through the holes, so I used a small crochet hook to pull it through!
Step 7: Attach Hooks (optional – if planning to hang)
I attached the Jump rings onto the string and then attached earning fishhooks. With my houses hanging, they were garland ready!
Step 8: Hang on Garland (optional – if planning to hang)
I plucked the ghosts & pumpkins off and added my mini houses! These DIY Gingerbread Houses could also be used as ornaments for a Christmas Tree or as stand alone Christmas decorations!
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Wooden Gingerbread House
- Drill Press
- Paint Brush
- 1/2" Poplar Board
- 11/64 Drill Bit
- 5/16 Drill Bit
- White Paint
- String/Yarn (white) (optional)
- Jump Rings (optional)
- Fish Hook Ear Wire (optional)
- Garland (optional)
- Make the Stencil
- Cutout Shapes
- Drill Holes (optional – if planning to hang)
- Apply Finish
- Attach String (optional – if planning to hang)
- Attach Hooks (optional – if planning to hang)
- Hang on Garland (optional – if planning to hang)