Wooden Churches – DIY Christmas Craft Decor

Wooden Churches - DIY Christmas Craft Decor
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Hello sweet friend! Do I have a Christmas craft project for you! Today I want to show you how to used 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! The centerboard (steeple) can be adjusted 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

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

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.

I like to always do a dry fit before gluing the wooden churches together.

Lay the boards on a flat surface and use wood glue to secure them together. This will be the front side or…

Secure the wooden churches with pin nails after they pieces have been glued.

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 it was glued.

Securing The Wooden Base To The Churches

Use a good wood glue to secure the wood together.

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

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

These are cutest wooden churches I have ever seen and so easy to DIY.
Chalk Mineral Paint was used on the wood using a dry brush technique.

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. For this church, I used chalk mineral paint 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.

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

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

Adding A Snow Kissed Look To The Wood Churches

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.

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. The doors on the churches were painted with chalk mineral paint too. I choose not to seal my project but if you’re displaying them outdoors, I recommend Gator Hide topcoat sealer.

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 for 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

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18 Comments

  • I love these Do! You have the cutest craft projects. Now I really have to go harvest some old boards.

  • Thanks, Amanda! I like it easy and cute. πŸ™‚

  • You’re welcome, Eleni! I’m always happy to share those fun, easy projects. They make me happy. πŸ™‚

  • 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!

  • Hi Karen! These kinds of projects are my favorite. So glad you enjoyed this. πŸ™‚ xo

  • Thanks, Sue! πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed them. xo

  • Hi Do, They are beautiful!! What did you use to cut out the door indents?
    Love them to bits..

  • 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™‚

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

  • I know you’ll love them as much as I do. Enjoy! πŸ™‚ xo

  • 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

  • Fabulous! I’m so happy you’re enjoying this project. It really is fun and easy. Send me a pic when you’re done. [email protected] πŸ™‚

  • 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!

  • 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

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