Hi everyone! 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 houses for Christmas!!! Just recently I have been seeing these simple and beautiful post houses online and 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?:).
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 and make a couple houses with it. Regular untreated posts are even cheaper at the home improvement stores. They just won’t smell as nice.
DIY – Cedar Post House for Christmas
1) 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 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.
2) We zipped the front of the post houses down on the table saw so the front would be flush.
3) We cut an angle in each roof with a mitre saw.
4) We drilled holes into the sides of the house and screwed them together with 4 inch screws. We added wood putty to the holes.
5) 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 and windows to each house.
6) Using a ruler and pencil I “roughly” drew windows and 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.
*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*
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:). Be sure to check out the links below for more great Christmas ideas!!!
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