Wooden Churches – DIY Christmas Craft Decor

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Wooden Churches - DIY Christmas Craft Decor

Hello sweet friend! Do I have a Christmas craft project for you? Today I want to show you how to use reclaimed wood to create beautiful rustic wooden churches. With a few simple angled cuts and some glue, you’ll have a project that you can be proud of. And I’ll show you how to add the crowing touches with some cool texture for a dreamy snow-kissed look.

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Wooden Churches – 4 Simple Cuts

These wooden churches are such fun to make, and I believe that almost anyone that can cut a board can do this. Below are the cuts you will need to create these cute little shelf sitters. I used weathered fence pickets for this project, but you can use what you have. That’s why I always save these scraps! You can adjust the Steeple centerboard to whatever angle you want.

Just 4 pieces of reclaimed wood and you can create amazing DIY wooden churches. Fun craft project.

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Sanding and Assembling The Wooden Churches

Once you have your wood cut to the appropriate length and you’re happy with the angles, you’ll need to give them a good sanding before (especially if you’re using weathered lumber like these fence pickets) doing a “dry fit” of your wooden churches. A dry fit is where you put the boards together to make sure everything lines up before they are secured together.

Before assembling the wooden churches, I gave the reclaimed wood a good sanding to remove any rough edges.

Lay the boards on a flat surface and use wood glue to secure them together. This will be the front side, or you can also use the backside as the front. Both look cute! The wood glue is really all you need, but I was in a hurry and didn’t want to wait for the glue to dry, so I pin-nailed the wood together after applying glue.

I like to always do a dry fit before gluing the wooden churches together.
Secure the wooden churches with pin nails after they pieces have been glued.

Securing The Wooden Base To The Churches

Next, apply a small bead of wood glue to the bottom of the wooden church and secure it in the center of the baseboard. Again, you can also add a few pin nails if you are impatient like me. πŸ™‚

Use a good wood glue to secure the wood together.

Aren’t They CUTE??? Time To Paint… Or NOT!

These are cutest wooden churches I have ever seen and so easy to DIY.

I made two wooden churches, but one (centerboard) had a greater angle for a higher steeple. That one had to be cut with my circular saw instead of my chop saw. I decided that I only wanted to paint one of the churches. I used chalk mineral paint for this church and dry-brushed it over the wood, not giving it full coverage. I wanted to leave just enough wood showing to give it that rustic look.

Chalk Mineral Paint was used on the wood using a dry brush technique.

After the paint had dried, I used a sanding pad to sand back the edges and add some distressing.

The DIY wooden churches were distressed with a medium grit sanding pad to give them that rustic look.

Adding A Snow Kissed Look To The Wood Churches

Here is the fun part! Who am I kidding? It’s all fun. Using a texture additive in the Butter Cream chalk mineral paint (I didn’t measure. It’s not that important.) I just added a little to the paint until I get the consistency I wanted. I recommend using a disposable bowl. Use a palette knife to scrape the thick texture paint over the church, focusing mostly on the peaks to give it that snow-kissed look. I choose not to seal the paint, but if you’re displaying them outdoors, I recommend a Gator Hide topcoat sealer.

* The church doors were also painted with chalk mineral paint.

Sea Spray was added to the chalk mineral paint to create texture and used to create a snow-kissed look on the peaks of the churches.

Rustic Wooden Churches- Winter Home Decor

Snow-kissed Wooden Churches... easy DIY craft project.
Even the back of this DIY wooden church is cute. It's a two sided craft project!
Easy DIY rustic wooden churches with a snow-kissed winter vibe. A fun craft for anyone that loves a good DIY reclaimed wood project.

And just like that, you have beautiful wooden churches. Not just for Christmas but all through the winter. Paint or no paint, I think they both are FABULOUS! You could even leave off the snow kisses, and they would be perfect all year round.

Did you enjoy this project? I have more for the holidays too. Check out the related post below for more DIY decor ideas.

Until the next project… xo, Do



  1. You are the most craftiest person ever! I love these! I’m so glad I joined your blog! I look forward to all your future craft endevors!

    1. Hi Lyndsay, It’s paint! I used the black and blended it with the white to give it the appearance of depth. I guess I did good. πŸ™Œ You can totally do it. πŸ™‚

  2. I’ll be making these, as soon as I can find some weathered fence wood! So cute, and a quick easy project! πŸ’–

  3. Sooo beautiful Donna! I have this project! Im done first with the wood work, and time to paint! Thank you for your inspiration πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

  4. This is the first time I’ve ever actually seen you create a project and omg I am in love! I just got the email for the stenciled board and ended up finding this as well. I really thought you just painted furniture and that was it but wow you never cease to amaze me Donna…your projects are wonderful! I can’t wait to explore more to see what else you have in store for me…lol!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    1. Thank you, Shirley! While I enjoy painting furniture, I also LOVE creating budget-friendly crafts and home decor. I’ll be sending you more. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. πŸ™‚ xo

  5. Oh wow!! I just found your site and I want to hang out with you so bad!! That smile and your great ideas. Thanks so much and I am sure you will hear from me soon πŸ˜€

  6. OOOhhhh I am so excited and happy to have found your site! LOVE these churches and going to try and make some, they are adorable! The hubs and I made one today, out of scrap wood we had. Having trouble finding the fence boards you used, but hoping to find some soon. You are such a fun and happy person, love listening to you. Will send you a photo of our “first” of many I hope. Thank you and have a wonderful day….

    1. Hey Judy!

      I’m so happy you found me. Those churches are my FAV! Please subscribe to my weekly newsletter if you would like to be notified of a new project. In the meantime, you can browse all my blogs to find more creative ideas for your home. I can’t wait to see your churches! πŸ™‚ xo

    1. Hi Sharon,
      Fence pickets come in different sizes. These were a little over 3 inches. I don’t think it matters the size. Have fun creating these little churches. πŸ™‚

  7. love the little churches. do you just paint the back side too to look like 1 door, and the 3 doors are on the other side? just free handed paint I am guessing.
    thanks for the cuteness.


  8. Just made 8 churches and 16 wooden starts from wood harvested from grandpa’s house before they tore the house down. The churches were so easy. Can’t wait to give them character with paint.

    1. You just made my day, Karen! I have a lot of wood, doors, and old windows I saved before my Grandparent’ home was torn down. I can’t think of anything better than to create beauty from the memories. Have a blessed day. πŸ™‚ xo

    1. Hi Diane.
      The doors are painted on using a shadowing technique. But I have seem others use popsicle sticks that look great too. πŸ™‚ xo

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