Oh, I’m excited to share this project! Rustic Christmas decor is my style and goes well with my modern farmhouse decor. The little wooden churches give me all the feels! Great memories of the little country church I attended as a child—population 25… on a good Sunday. Let’s get started…
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How To Create Amazing Rustic Christmas Decor
Gather Your Supplies
Here is what you will need to create your tiny rustic churches!
- 2-3 wood fence boards, repurposed wood, etc. (the ones used for this project are 3-inch width)
- carpenter square, or a straight board for marking your cuts
- wood glue
- pneumatic nail gun, or old fashioned hammer and nails
- Surfprep Sander, or R.A.D. pads
- Sawmill Gravy (chalk mineral paint)
- Caviar (chalk mineral paint)
- Cotton (chalk mineral paint)
- Sea Spray paint texture addictive
- Stir sticks tongue depressors
- D ring picture hanger
- mini wreaths
Cutting Wood For Rustic Christmas Decor |Wooden Churches
Find boards that are long and straight for this project. This will make it so much easier to cut and line them up together. Once you have found two boards with similar lengths, use a straight edge to draw your cuts. You can also use three boards, but that depends on the width that you want the tiny churches. I tried both but preferred the two boards. The peaks of the tiny churches are whatever you imagine in your mind. The peaks could be tall and skinny or short and fat. I created each one differently to match my rustic Christmas decor in my home.
Securing The Boards For The Tiny Wood Churches
To secure the boards together, flip them over, and use some scrap wood pieces to secure your rustic Christmas decor together. I like to use wood glue and nails. If you want to get all fancy, try using a pneumatic nailer for quick assembly. It works great when you’re doing mass productions. These sell very well during the Christmas holidays, by the way… *wink. You’re welcome!
Before Painting Your Tiny Rustic Christmas Wood Churches
If the wood you used to create your Rustic Christmas decor churches is weathered and rough, you will need to give it a quick sanding before painting them. If you’re planning on creating these to sell and need to make them quick, I use my Surfprep Sanding System. Hand sanding is okay, but when you want quick and easy, and you have an assembly line going, this is my go-to. Oh ya… they also have sanding pads for handing sanding.
Painting Your Tiny Rustic Churches
Now here is the FUN part… the paint! Chose a color that you love and drybrush the paint over the wood. Full paint coverage isn’t necessary because it allows the wood grain to show through. Remember, we’re going for a rustic look.
Texture Additive For A Rustic Chippy Look
To add a cool texture to your tiny wood churches, add equal parts of the Sea Spray powder and paint and mix well in a disposable container. After it is mixed well, the texture will be similar to peanut butter consistency.
Applying The Texture Paint
The best way to apply the Sea Spray paint mixture to your rustic Christmas decor is with the stick you stirred it with. The thicker you apply it, the more texture and cracking you get. This can also be sanded back after it dries for a smoother look. I use tongue depressors! LOL, it’s a Nurse hack I learned years ago. You can buy them in bulk on Amazon for a fraction of the cost of craft sticks. You’re welcome!
Instant Rustic Christmas Decor!
These tiny churches make me happy. I catch myself smiling as I walk past them… which is often. My hubby has the tree lights on a timer so that when I wake up in the morning, I’m greeted by the lights and the tiny rustic churches. Every morning feels like Christmas morning. It’s the little things in life. Do you have rustic Christmas decor that makes you happy? I’d love to hear about it… tell me your inspirations in the comment section. I get warm fuzzies when I hear from you. 🙂
Merry Christmas! Until the next project… xo, Do