This month for #12monthsofDIY our material is wood! There’s probably a million great DIY’s you could do with wood, but I wanted to give these sweet little twig houses a try, and love, love, love how they turned out. I first saw some on “The Block” an Australian decorating show that I might be slightly addicted to…anyway they’re been on their a few times and I always thought they were really cute. So I went looking for them and found these, gorgeous, and not available here. What’s a DIYer to do…have a go at them. The originals are probably made with nails, but we’re keeping it simple with gold old hot glue. Here’s how I made them.
First job is to find some twigs. I used dogwood because there is lots growing in the forrest behind our house, and the branches looked pretty straight.
Cut your twigs into long pieces removing most of any twigs at the side. I did choose to leave a few, and I think they look really good with just a couple pieces like that.
Now, decide on how big you want to make your first twig house and cut out two matching side pieces, two roof pieces and a shorter piece for the bottom base. Make sure the side pieces are cut on angle to create the roof slope, and then trim your roof pieces so they match up. You don’t need to get your protractor or anything here. A little wonky-ness adds character. Now use some hot glue to attach all your pieces together.
Then, make a copy of this house front for the back.
Next, decide on the length of the sides, and glue them in place on one side, and then to the side. Now it’s starting to look like a house.
Lastly, find a piece for the top roof piece, and then two more short ones for the sides at the top. Glue them in place and your little house structure is done.
To finish these sweet little houses off, I painted them with Fusion paint. It was my first time working with this paint and it was really nice to work with; great coverage, pretty colours, no bad smell, and easy clean up. I gave my little houses two coats.
You can make these in all different sizes, I did three, all slightly bigger than the next. They’d be perfect for some nesting dolls to live in.
You can see here how I left a few little twigs sticking out on some of the pieces, adds a little more character.
I love how the details of the wood show through, but how the paint colours make them look a little more modern.
Remember they don’t have to be perfect, a little crocket works.
I like the white and then just one pretty pinkish one –Fusion has great colours! These would be great done in bright spring colours too…think yellow, turquoise, the possibilities are endless.
With pretty DIY twig houses, life really is a party.
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY fabric project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are: