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Do you want to know how to make a rustic house with heart? Back around Christmas time in 2014 I was at Crate and Barrel and saw the cutest little wooden houses?
I knew I could make them, and I did. I kept them in the window sill over the sink until spring of 2015. They came back out again for my winter decorating and I stuck them on the table in the den. This is where I do my writing and TV watching. I kept looking at them and decided it is a good project to do and sell at Shoppe No. 5. And a project just in time for Valentine’s Day.
But this project on how to make a rustic house with heart will be slightly different then the Crate and Barrel hack I did.
I took a piece of scrap pallet wood that is the 2 x 4 and measured out three pieces. The first one measures 7 ½ inches high. The next one is 6 inches and the little one is 4 ½ inches high. Using the miter saw, I cut them out in the house shape. The wood on one of the houses splintered but the look is rustic so I can live with that.
Once the houses were cut out, I sanded them smooth alternating between the orbital sander, the mouse and hand sanding.
Now this is where I put my spin on the rustic houses. I decided to letter “Home is Where the Heart is”. I decided not to use stencils but to print it out on a word document. The font I selected is called Bradley Hand. It is a font that looks like hand writing but much better than my writing. Now if you can write nicely you can skip this step. Once I decided on the size, I printed it and cut words out so “home is”, “where is” and “is” were separated and taped them to each house.
The big house has “Home Is”. The next one “Where the” and the little house has “ Is”. I used the transfer method by rubbing the pencil on the back of the paper. I taped it to the house and wrote over it. The technique is similar to how I got the anchor on a table. Instead of painting the letters, I used a white paint pen and went over the letters.
This is where I first started with one idea and then as I was working on the project it became another. Does this happen to you? I decided I didn’t like the placement of “is”and “the” after painting them so I sanded them off and rewrote and painted them again.
My first plan for the little house is I was going to draw a heart shape on the house and paint it red. That became a little wooden craft heart I had on hand. Then the idea turned to drawing a larger heart using a stencil and gluing the small one in the middle after painting both of them red. Then red became gold…heart of gold, get it? The end version is a wooden heart in the larger size painted gold.
And remember, my houses are plain. And one of them is from scrap wood I had left over when I made a coffee table top from old dock wood I got from the curb in my neighborhood. The other two are from pallets. I used my dark and clear wax and was done. So this project is almost like anything goes.
After deciding on the larger wooden heart that ended up gold, I glued it to the small house using the Elmer’s Wood Glue Max.
Once dry, I used the clear minwax and buffed it. Another thought was to screw the houses on another piece of pallet wood. As I was playing with them I decided I really like them separate so I can arrange them anyway I want to.
So what do you think of my Rustic House with Heart? Maybe it would make a cute little Valentine’s Gift or House Warming gift.
Materials and Equipment
Scrap Wood 2 x 4 Miter Saw
Gold Craft Paint Sand Paper 60 grit
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