Thursday, November 9, 2023

Easy Woodblock Christmas Gingerbread Houses

It seems like each year there's a new trend in Christmas decor, and the Gingerbread theme has been popping up everywhere the last few Christmas seasons. I love Gingerbread houses and Gingerbread Men/Women/People cookies as they are so traditional and geared toward the "kid" in us. I think most of us at one time or another attempted a Gingerbread House or cookies. The fun is in the creative process. Also nice if it turns out cute and actually stays in one piece!!

I have a childlike obsession with miniature "houses" and shared my small collections last week. Paper Putz houses; large and small, ceramic houses, wood houses, and Christmas Villages... they are all adorable and collection worthy for me. The last couple of years I've been intrigued with "wood block" houses painted in primitive styles. Finding scrap wood pieces and painting them with teensy windows and doors has me fascinated.

My husband doesn't have a "shop' area here at this house, so I don't have any wood scraps. I found these cute little houses at Michaels and thought that maybe I could give them the Gingerbread treatment for some cute little accents and Christmas token for family gals. They were pretty well sanded so I just started painting. It took about 4 coats of acrylic craft paint to get a solid look. I used a foam brush and it was super easy.

The blocks dried quickly and I just started having fun with a few gingerbread icing doodle designs. I used the paint pens above that I also purchased at Michaels. You can check out my Pinterest Board: Christmas Gingerbread Houses for some fun ideas on decorating them. I tried not to be too uptight with perfection but to enjoy freehand decorating them. (I surely cannot do perfect anymore.)

I could have bought several different color pens, but really just like the simplicity of the brown Gingerbread color and the white. One other color, maybe red, would be a fun accent color.

And thinking about using them on a tablescape...It would be fun to use them as place cards.

I added the little decorated houses to the Holiday Cupboard Christmas display as they coordinated with the neutrals and copper accents that I am using this Season. Here are a couple of pics and I'll share the full Holiday Cupboard next week. 

The little wooden houses would be fun painted and decorated in so many ways. Neutrals and traditional Christmas colors would be perfect. And this is a fun inexpensive way to let the kiddos join in on the creative process. Be sure and Pin these post pics so you can have fun with the kids and have a small gift for friends and family.

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you might also like these...

Little Houses on the Sideboard

Christmas Holiday Cupboard

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  1. These are totally adorable, Debra! I love how you used craft paint and paint pens to create these houses. It feels elegant and relatable all at the same time which is totally up my alley. Sending you lots of hugs for a joy filled holiday season, CoCo

  2. These are super-cute, Debra! I love the idea of making a little village of them, too! Very clever!

  3. GInger bread houses are trending this year and I love them all. Yours are adorable. Hugs. Kris

  4. These are so so cute and fabulous. WOW, love it
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  5. Super cute, Debra, and nice flourishes your put on the houses! I recently scored a really cute vintage putz church from an estate that goes with just ONE other putz house I have (I hope I can contain my enthusiasm for this). But it sure makes for a cute display. As I was unboxing some Friendly Village dishes, I was loving how it all ties together. So homey!

  6. Your gingerbread houses look so cute! I'll be featuring them at tonight's #HomeMattersParty. Thanks for sharing!


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