Hey friends! Today I’m venturing out to my yard per se, to gather some natural materials to make an adorable twiggy little house. It reminds me of a fairy house I made as a kid. I’m sure you could also use it in a fairy garden, but I’ll use my DIY twig houses as a cute addition to my rustic home decor.
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Memories Of A Tree House
I have fond memories as a child of making a tree house (well, kind of) existing of one board, a few nails, and a hammer. I would sit perched up there for hours. It’s always been my childhood dream to build a home in the trees someday, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Since moving back to the country, we now have big trees that would make magnificent tree forts. Maybe someday, I’ll get around to this monumental task.
How To Make DIY Twig Houses
Step 1: Gather your twigs. If you have a large tree with dead branches, it’s best to use those, or you can pick up the twigs on the ground that have already fallen off. Be mindful that if you use twigs that have fallen from the tree, check them to ensure they are not decaying. You’ll need them to be strong and not brittle.
I prefer using branches and twigs that have dried out. The reason for this is simple. I’ll be painting mine; green branches are holding moisture that may affect how the paint adheres. You can use green (live before cutting) tree branches to build your twig houses if you don’t plan on painting them. They will dry out eventually.
Suppose you don’t have a large tree. You can always head to your nearest neighbor. I’m almost sure they would love for you to pick up twigs.
Cut Your Twigs To The Right Size
Step 2: The fun thing about these tiny twig houses is that they can be customized. You can make custom home decor any size you want. Just follow these simple steps.
- First, cut one (1) piece the length you want your home to be. This one will be the roof line.
- Cut four (4) pieces for the roof ends —all the same size.
- Cut four (4) pieces underneath the roof and bottom structure —all the same size.
- Cut four (4) pieces for the walls —all the same size.
- Cut two (2) pieces for the front and back bottom of the house.
* All twigs need to be similar in size and as straight as you can possibly get them. It’s okay to have some irregular ones. I call that character.
Annie Get Your Hot Glue Gun
Step 3: Start assembling the twigs and securing them with hot glue. I found that constructing the front and back sections of the house is the easiest way to go about this DIY twiggy project. It can be a challenge. Be sure to wait for the glue to dry completely before attaching the next section. And if you have those finger protectors from the hot glue, now is the time to pull out those bad boys.
They say slow and steady wins the race. Assembling twig houses takes time and patience.
What Size Should I Make The Twig Houses?
Here’s the fun part about these tiny twig houses, you can make them any size you want. Make big twig homes or make them tiny.
This was a total accident (happy accidents are the best), and I ain’t afraid to tell you. I winged this DIY project without measuring anything.
I made three twig houses (all different sizes) and somehow managed to make them the perfect size that they fit inside each other creating a twig house trio! But before I show you that, let’s paint these cute little twiggy trios.
To Paint Or Not To Paint
Step 4: I liked the look of the natural twigs, but decided to add some paint (optional) to give them a little more character. Besides, I LOVE to paint. Using Dixie Belle’s chalk mineral paint is easy, and it’s what I have on hand. I use it for almost all my DIY painting projects.
Remove any leftover hot glue strings (there will be a lot) and give any rough areas on the twig houses a light sanding with fine grit paper. This can be done before assembly, but I didn’t. I got in a hurry. Either way is fine.
Paint directly over the twigs and hot glue. Paint the whole surface or get creative and use your imagination.
The smallest house got a quick all-over painting, and I wasn’t particularly trying the get full coverage. I allowed a little bark to show through, giving it a chippy painted look!
The medium-sized house got the bottom third painted only. I like this look. It’s a trendy look in today’s decor.
Lastly, the larger of the three houses had amazing green and gray areas of moss and mold on the “bark” skin and I couldn’t help but want to leave it as is.
DIY Twig House Trio
Can you believe I did this? I’m still in awe of how this happened. Maybe it was a sprinkle of dust from the queen of the fairy gardens. Whatever the reason, I am totally in LOVE with this twiggy decor.
Thanks for joining me today while I twig away at having fun. LOL, It’s always a joy when I get the chance to bring a little nature inside our home, and the good thing is that it can be re-used through all seasons. Add a candle, flowers, or pinecones. The ideas can be endless, and you’ll have something you created that is unique and special because it came from a tree. Yep, I’m a tree hugger.
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Until the next project… xo, Do