Here's how we made this Victorian-style gingerbread fretwork, step-by-step.
How to Make Gingerbread Fretwork for House Trim, Easy Woodworking
Our DIY gingerbread project wasn't very difficult or expensive. We used 29 spindles from Lowes which were on sale for just 49¢ each! The materials were about $30. There are affordable spindles in the materials list too, available from Amazon … and they are the right size for this project. To see more of our Victorian house renovation and DIY crafts, check out our archives here.
This 60-year old porch addition didn't match our Victorian house very well … until now! But this type of DIY gingerbread would look great on newer construction too. Start with measurements and calculate how much wood and spindles you will need.
Here's our old, ugly porch before.
This is progress! We've done a lot of sprucing and the new DIY gingerbread will be painted this summer along with the fiberglass facade and additional pieces of trim (coming soon!)
We cut our spindles at 7.5 inches. Be sure to use a guide to make your cutting is consistent. It doesn't matter where you cut your spindles or how long. What's more important is that you make each one exactly the same length.
We cut our spindles from the bottom first, and then the top, assembly-line style.
The 1" X 2" boards were cut to fit between our porch posts. We used a ruler and a pencil to mark where each spindle would be attached. Some of our segments had 6" spacing, and others had more or less, BUT, we made sure to space them as evenly as possible before gluing them into place. From a distance the segments all match very well.
When the glue was dry, we nailed through the edge board into each spindle.
A coat of white primer came next.
Now comes the fun part … attaching the gingerbread to the porch. We nailed the segments into place without the bottom edges to make sure our nail gun would fit between the spindles.
We put a dab of glue on the bottom of each spindle and nailed the bottom edge last. We nailed through the edge board into each spindle.
Finished! Except for the caulk, paint, and some matching trim around the door. But now the porch looks so much better, we are really inspired! For more inspiration, see our printables and free artwork for you home, here.
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