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*
Our First Stone Cottage Rental
Our Funky Farmhouse – AKA Lehman Lane
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
Tara, I love them and great tutorial. Super cute on your mantel.
Thanks so much Kim!!!!
These are amazing! So, so cute and a great idea. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Thanks so much April! Merry Christmas to you:)
Tara! These are so awesome. I’ve never seen them before and I totally want one. The one you made of your home, LOVE!
Thanks so much Sara! It was really fun making them about our different houses! Even my 5 year old knew that it looked like our house:)
THOSE POST HOUSES ARE REALLY NEAT – THANKS FOR SHARING.
Thanks so much for stopping by to see our cedar post houses Bess! Merry Christmas:)
This is so great and what a great gift idea!!!
Thanks Lindsay! We may be making some cedar post houses for family this Christmas!
These are adorable! ! I love them!
Thanks so much Johlene!!!
Tara – your cedar village is adorable! ove it!
Thank you so much Vicki & Jennifer:)
These are so cute. Can’t wait to make some for myself. Thanks for sharing
I am so glad you like the cedar post houses bonbon! Thanks for stopping by and take care, Tara
Tara, not only is this the cutest idea ever, your post is awesome! Great job! I need you to teach me how to get on the Pinterest bus!
Thanks so much Karen! I still have a lot to learn but we can meet up at Terrain and have a Pinterest tutorial:).
What a cute idea! I just love your living room – so festive!
Thanks so much Meg!
Tara, thank you for sharing. I love the little wooden houses. They would be adoreable in anyones home; but even more-so in yours because of the memories you have in each one. What a wonderful idea.
Hi Carol! It was really fun to make them resemble the houses we’ve lived in:). Thanks so much for your sweet comments!!! Have a wonderful week and take care, Tara
I love this! I was actually thinking of making something like this, but never got around to it. I never though to make the angled cuts for the roof, yours turned out amazing!
Thank you so much Emily!!!
How adorable – love the simplicity of these houses! They look great with the fresh greenery you added to the vignette. Pinned to share 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my cedar post houses Marie!
These are adorable – they give such a rustic vibe to your decor. Love it. Cathy
Thank you so much for stopping by to see my cedar post houses Cathy!!!
What a cool project, Tara! The houses look so awesome on your coffee table. Bet it’s going to be a conversation starter. 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by Tee!
I love little buildings and your cedar post village looks so pretty on your mantle.
Thank you so much Lucy!
Tara these are seriously adorable. I like how solid and sturdy they are like a grown up version of the little wooden toys. You’ll have these for many years to come and always remember your history through them. Happy Holidays!
Thanks so much Mary! I agree I think we will leave them on display for a long time:)
Tara, these houses are adorable. As soon as I saw the pictures, I loved them, but then I read about how each one is made to resemble a house you’ve lived in, and I loved them even more!! Job well done. 🙂
Thanks Jenny! Modelling them after our houses was a great way to make them more personal:).
Love these Tara, so cute! I don’t blame you for wanting to keep them out past Christmas. 😉
Thank you so much Kristi!
absolutely charming and adorable. I love how you kept the embellishment to a minimum. so so cute! thanks for joining in for the party!
Thanks so much for stopping by Debra and for the Christmas link party!
This looks sooo great!!! What a fun idea! I bet it smells amazing too! I was so excited to see the huge amount of link ups for this hop! There is so much eye candy!! 🙂 Pinned!!
Thanks so much Danielle! The cedar really smells good:). There were so many amazing Christmas ideas in this hop.