Sharing all the details of how to make a gorgeous DIY cedar post wooden Christmas house for your Christmas village decor for less than $20 with step by step instructions & pictures.
And the best part is that you can customize these wooden Christmas house decor to match your existing home, past home, dream home… whatever!
You can also keep them up ALL YEAR LONG for GORGOUES farmhouse decor!
This past week I shared our Christmas tour with you and in our family room we added something special to our fireplace mantel.
Cedar post wooden Christmas houses!!!
Just recently I have been seeing these simple and beautiful post wooden Christmas houses online & in magazines.
I loved how simple they are but wanted to make some a little fancier but also more personal.
I also noticed that most of the houses had roofs but no chimneys, what Christmas house doesn’t have a fireplace chimney, right? 🙂
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DIY – Cedar Post Wooden Christmas House
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We made our houses with leftover cedar posts from the fence we added soon after we moved into our farmhouse.
Cedar is the best because it smells fantastic…to me anyway… and it resists bugs.
If you don’t have leftover cedar posts at your house you can buy a cedar post for under $20 & make a couple houses with it.
Regular untreated posts are even cheaper at the home improvement stores.
They just won’t smell as nice.
Supplies Needed to Make your Own DIY Cedar Wooden Christmas House
- a cedar post
- miter saw to cut the cedar post
- table saw
- cordless screwdriver
- 4″ screws
- wood putty
- orbital sander or sand paper
- hot glue & glue gun
- white chalk marker
- pencil & ruler
Step by Step Instructions for How to Make a DIY Wooden Christmas House
Wooden Christmas House Size Range from 9″ tall by 7″ wide to 13″ tall by 25″ wide
Step ONE – Cut the Cedar Posts to the Height You Want
First we cut the posts to the height we wanted.
We wanted to make sure they were tall enough to see over the garland and greens I knew I would add to my mantel.
The smallest wooden Christmas house we made is about 9 inches and the tallest 17 inches.
Obviously you can make yours any size you want.
We also knew wanted to make ours at least two post wide so I could draw windows and doors on them.
We kept the houses just one post deep so we could ensure they would fit on any of the fireplace mantels in our house.
Step TWO – Use a Table Saw to Cut the Front of the Cedar
We zipped the front of the post houses down on the table saw so the front would be flush.
Step THREE – Cut an Angle on Each Cedar Post
We cut an angle in each roof with a mitre saw.
Step FOUR – Screw Wooden Christmas House Together
We drilled holes into the sides of the wooden Christmas house & screwed them together with 4 inch screws.
We added wood putty to the holes.
Step FIVE – Create Chimneys for each Wooden Christmas House
We added chimneys to each house to give them a little more character.
We also made some dormer windows for our current farmhouse.
After sanding the houses down I glue gunned the chimneys & windows to each house.
Step SIX – Draw Windows & Doors on Your DIY Wooden Houses
Using a ruler & pencil I “roughly” drew windows & doors on the houses.
Next I used a chalk marker to trace over the pencil lines.
We decided not add any poly to the cedar because we didn’t want to loose the cedar smell on our DIY Wooden Christmas House.
*The special more personal thing we did with these houses is we made one to represent each house we have lived in together. You can click on each house name to see the how true to the original house we were*
We added each DIY wooden Christmas house to our family room fireplace mantel.
and our current farmhouse wooden house to our coffee table.
As you can see you can make these houses as simple or fancy as you want.
I have to admit that I love these houses so much I am pretty sure we will be displaying them year round.
Although there is something special about making them for Christmas.
I hope this inspires you to make one or a few DIY wooden Christmas house village for your Christmas decorations