Simple Wooden Gingerbread Houses For Valentine's Day
If you're looking for Valentine's Day decorations for your fireplace mantel or if you love villages and would like to have one for this holiday, consider making these simple wooden gingerbread houses. They are great pieces that will carry from year to year and you could even add to them.
Your first step for this DIY is to determine how many houses you want and how high you want them. I cut mine anywhere from 8″ tall to 5″ tall.Measure down your board and cut a straight edge. I would go ahead and cut all the houses with a straight edge.Next, it is time to start cutting the pitch on the house. I cut all mine similar but you can even have some flat roofs. One of the roofs I accidentally cut one angle further over instead of the in the middle. It as a happy accident because it happens to be my favorite house now. Now that your houses cut let's start planning each house design.The next step is fun!
Grab a sheet of paper and set one of your houses on the paper. Trace around the edge.
Next, use a pencil to draw a design on the paper. You can also use design as inspiration or look up more on Pinterest.I started with the door placement then drew in the windows. Then last I created swirls, lines, dots and hearts to fill in between the door and windows or to top windows and such.
Now it is time to paint. One thing to remember before you begin. These houses are whimsical, fun and homemade so give yourself some grace when painting.Now put a tiny bit of paint on your super thin paintbrush and start drawing in the door. Next draw in the windows and then the swirls, dots, and hearts.
Next, add your pink hearts wherever you have hearts planned. These little pink hearts are important because they are the details that make this a Valentine's gingerbread house.
Here are a few of the houses I painted. Now it's time to decorate with them.
If you want to use your village on your fireplace mantel. All you need to do is add some garland to your mantle like this eucalyptus garland and toss in some tiny lights. Then create a centerpiece in the front with your houses.
Another great place to add some holiday decor is your hutch or china cabinet.And don't forget to add some garlands. Another really simple DIY is this heart doily garland.Place your houses between dishes on each shelf. If you only have four or five houses then sit then in the center of each row.I also made this DIY Valentine Wooden Banner that is lovely on my fireplace mantel. I hope you enjoy your gingerbread village as much as I love mine.
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