Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Natural Wood Tiny Houses

It all started with an organization project for my husband. (Yes, he asked me!) I was slicing off 3/4" of an old 4 x4 to help create tiered drill bit storage and I noticed the beautiful wood grain. I knew then and there that I was saving this 2 foot section of lumber. It had the makings of some tiny houses!

This project is based on inspirations I have seen on Pinterest. In fact, I so love tiny houses I have a board dedicated just to them. And I am not alone. There are scores of pinners out there that collect tiny house inspirations.

Below is my original pin which inspired my houses. These are simple house candle sticks available from Ladies and Gentlemen here. But it was the incredible wood grain that made me pin them.

Below is another pin fom my collection from Basic Label Sweden here. I loved the simplicity of form.

So I combined the two ideas - simple form and beautiful wood grain into a series of tiny houses.

 Simple and easy to do if you have access to a basic woodshop. Here are a few photos of the process.

I started by slicing some slabs off the end of the 4 x4. They were from 3/4" - 2" thick. I didn't measue but made them random thicknesses.

Using a ruler and pencil I drew precise house shapes onto them, went back to the band saw and cut them out.

I then sanded all sides smooth on a belt sander. It was important to sand with the grain to emphasize the wood grain lines.

The end result is a collection of simple houses with stunning wood grain to be displayed in any number of nooks and crannies in our home.

If you are interested in tiny houses check out and follow my Pinterst Board titled Little Houses here. It is chock full of many tiny houses in a huge variety of materials and complexity.

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  1. I love these! So many possibilities of what to do with them :-) Pinning to my Things to Make and Do board now! Thanks for posting.

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

    1. So many possibilities, and variations...and so simple. It is the simplicity that a is their charm. Send photos when you make some. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  2. This is a fantastic idea! I love how basic they are yet they still would inspire creative play. I pinned this!


    1. Play for both kids and adults. I can't keep my hands off them and am always fiddling with them, rearranging, etc. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  3. What sweet little houses! Thank you for linking up to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!


    1. Thank you Deborah. Wishing you a wonderful week as well. And hopefully a glorious, sunny weekend!

  4. How cute are these?! They would be so neat as a collection on a mantle! This is an awesome project! I hope you will consider linking it up to the Pinworthy Projects Party over at my blog, Just Us Four.

  5. So very cute! Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime!!

  6. I love these so much! I will be pinning them.