Welcome to Lowe's
Find a Store

Prices, promotions, styles, and availability may vary. Our local stores do not honor online pricing. Prices and availability of products and services are subject to change without notice. Errors will be corrected where discovered, and Lowe's reserves the right to revoke any stated offer and to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions including after an order has been submitted.

Rustic Wooden House Ornaments

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Fill your mantel or Christmas display with a miniature neighborhood of simple wooden houses you can make in a day.

Decorative wooden house-shape cutouts.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Miter saw or jigsaw
  • Tape measure
  • Drill (optional)
  • Rotary wire brush drill attachment (optional)
  • Steel wool
  • Vinegar
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Artist’s brushes

Materials

  • 2 x 6 x 92-5/8 stud
  • 2 x 4 x 92-5/8 stud
  • Valspar paint, 8-oz: Montpelier Red Velvet, #1009-6; La Fonda Fireberry, #1010-1; Belle Grove Spruce, #5003-6A; Lyndhurst Jade, #5004-3C; Ultra White, #7006-24

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

Missing anything? Shop Online

Instructions

Step 1

For an optional, more rustic look, use a rotary wire brush attachment in a drill to create a distressed look on both faces and edges of your 2 x 6 and 2 x 4.

Good to Know

Always wear eye and breathing protection when operating a wire brush on wood. Never wire-brush treated lumber.

Step 2

Cut the 2 x 6 and 2 x 4 into pieces 6 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches long depending on the size and quantity of houses you want.

Step 3

Mark the center of the top end along its width. Then cut 45-degree miters meeting at the mark. Depending on how rustic you want your houses, these cuts can be off a few degrees.

Step 4

Wash three pads of #0000 steel wool in a grease-cutting detergent to remove the protective oil and shake them dry. Immediately tear the steel wool pads into smaller pieces and add them to a 1-quart jar. Fill the jar with white vinegar and cover the jar loosely to let gas from the iron acetate mixture escape. Set it aside at least overnight and preferably for two days. Pour the mixture through a coffee filter to extract the remaining bits of steel wool; repeat as needed. Then brush the mixture onto the wood, allowing it to react with chemicals in the wood and stain them.

Step 5

For a colorful collection of houses, select a handful of shades plus Ultra White for the windows and doors. Lightly brush a coat of paint on the faces and edges of the cutouts and let dry. Then sand lightly to distress the houses.

Step 6

Decorate your rooms this holiday season with these simple wooden houses. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Using an artist’s brush, lightly paint a door and windows on the front faces of the houses.