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House Shaped Signs DIY Tutorial

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I don’t think it’s a secret that I love little houses! I love LOVE love them! I love wood signs! I love using a saw and nail gun! Basically this project is a win on all sides!

I hope that I can write this clear enough that you can see how I made them!

I got a 6″x1″ board at Home Depot. I got it from the damaged wood section because it had a crack in the middle! I got it for $5. It was a major score!

Then when I got home, I cut the board into pieces that were as tall as I wanted the house to be. Then I moved the miter saw (here is a link to similar one) to 45 to cut the top at a 45 degree angle.

You can see that I unscrewed the front knob and moved the little green arrow to the 45

Then I lined the piece up and made a cut.

after the 1st cut

Then I turned it over and lined it up to make a second cut to create the roof line.

Then I had to make cuts for the roof. I cut a 2″x1″ one time while the saw was set to the 45. Then I moved the saw back to 0 and cut again to create the little chimney piece.

2×1 cut at 45
the little chimney piece finished.

Next, I took the 2×1 and measured the first part of the roof.

Here in the picture, you can see that I let a the piece hang over a little bit so it really looks like a roof! Where I’m holding the pen is where I marked and cut.

The picture above shows how I lined things up to mark the second piece! After I got a line with my pen, I made my last cut.

Here is how the pieces will fit together.

My next task was to paint! I used a white paint (recommended white paint) for the body of the house and I used Aged Wood Accelerator from Varathane (here is a link to the grey version) for the roof pieces. Then I used a brad nailer (here is a brad nailer similar to mine) and some 1 1/4″ brad nails to put them together.

It you look close, you can see little sliver dots where I nailed the roof on

I put 2 nails in each piece to make the roof and 2 nails in the left side of the chimney to hold it all together.

I nailed the short side on, then the longer side then the chimney last.

I added vinyl to them very last! I used Matte Black Oracal 651! It really took them over the top! I’m so happy with how cute they turned out! Seriously, everyone needs at least one of these! Check out my Miniature Haunted House Tutorial based off this pattern and my Farmhouse Christmas Barn Tutorial to make a cute Christmas Village!

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