DIY Little Wooden Houses

By Rachael Smith, Penelope & Pip

This is a really sweet and simple project that you can make for a friend who has just moved into a new house. These little minimalist wooden houses would make a really nice addition to a mantel place or kitchen shelf in your own home too.

I think everything looks so much cuter in miniature don’t you think?

Let’s get started with materials…



  • Length of hardwood or balsa wood 2cm wide
  • Saw
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Sanding block
  • Acrylic paints + a dish for mixing


If you’re using hardwood you will need a saw, however, if you use balsa wood it is a lot softer and can be cut with just a craft blade.

Step 1: Mark off your house shapes on you wood. I marked several different height rectangles and then made little triangles at the top of the for the roof shape.

Step 2: Cut your shapes. Remember to work safely by clamping your wood firmly to your workbench, wear eye and feet protection and if you are using a saw, ear protection too.
Step 3: Sand your wooden houses so the edges are nice and smooth.
Step 4: Mix up your paints and paint just the roofs, leaving the rest of the house a natural wood color. If you like you could spray a sealer over them too to give your houses a sateen finish.
I also stamped a little muslin bag I had on hand with a message for my friends and popped the houses in the bag as a gift.


You can line them up in a row on your mantle or scatter them for a little village effect too.

Find more of Rachael on her blog.

  1. When I was a kid wooden blocks and wooden cars were big! These are so cute and just took me right back! Would love to try this out!