Here you will learn how to decorate for Valentines with these cute wooden Valentine gingerbread houses. Along with simple steps on how to make these adorable wooden gingerbread houses to add to your hutch, mantle or anywhere in your home. Plus more inspiration from some talented friends.
I love Valentine's day and I love bringing you loads of ideas. In this post, we will decorate for Valentines with this cute wooden gingerbread house DIY and then at the end, I am sharing some more ideas from my talented friends on Instagram.
You are going to LOVE these ideas!!! 😉
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Decorate for Valentines
After getting your house in order from Christmas most people are not ready to decorate but Valentine's day is perfect for just a few love accessories blended into your current decor.
But what cupid inspired decorations should you use? Well, there are many options at the store but I think homemade is a little more special which is why I came up with this simple wooden Valentine's gingerbread house DIY.
Wooden Valentine's Gingerbread House DIY
So what is a wooden Valentine's gingerbread house or village? Well, it is basically 2 x 4 pieces of woodcut and painted with a cute whimsical house design.
A traditional gingerbread house has Christmas written all over it but adds a few pink or red hearts and magically you have Valentine's day inspired structures.
So now that you know what Valentine's gingerbread house is let's get started making these easy homes with a few supplies.
Wooden Gingerbread House Supplies
- 2 x 4 wood (3′ of wood will make at least 4 or 5 houses)
- White acrylic paint
- Pink acrylic paint
- Very thin artist or craft paintbrush
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Measure & Cut Wood
Your first step for this DIY is to determine how many houses you want and how high you want them. I cut mine anywhere from 8″ tall to 5″ tall.
Measure down your board and cut a straight edge. I would go ahead and cut all the houses with a straight edge.
Next, it is time to start cutting the pitch on the house. I cut all mine similar but you can even have some flat roofs. One of the roofs I accidentally cut one angle further over instead of the in the middle. It as a happy accident because it happens to be my favorite house now. Haha!
Now that your houses cut let's start planning each house design.
Gingerbread House Design
The next step is fun! Grab a sheet of paper and set one of your houses on the paper. Trace around the edge.
I started with the door placement then drew in the windows. Then last I created swirls, lines, dots and hearts to fill in between the door and windows or to top windows and such.
Draw on the House
Now it is time to paint. One thing to remember before you begin. These houses are whimsical, fun and homemade so give yourself some grace when painting.
Another thing is to practice on paper or a board that you don't plan to use. This will help your hand to become familiar with the brush.
Okay, there are two ways you can paint these doors and windows on the house. You can use some chalk and draw the design that way if you make a mistake you can erase it and try again or you can start painting freehand.
If you use a pencil to draw on the wood it is a little challenging to cover with the paint. Chalk seems to be the best solution if you want to draw it on first.
Paint White on the Wood
Now put a tiny bit of paint on your super thin paintbrush and start drawing in the door. Next draw in the windows and then the swirls, dots, and hearts.
Here is a picture of the thin paintbrush I used. I feel the fewer and shorter bristles the better. And the more pointed the brush the better.
Paint Pink on the Wood
Next, add your pink hearts wherever you have hearts planned. These little pink hearts are important because they are the details that make this a Valentine's gingerbread house.
How to Decorate for Valentines
Guess what? It is time to start decorating with your sweet little gingerbread houses. Here are a few ideas of where I placed them.
Valentine Mantle Decor Ideas
Let's start with the mantle. If you are planning to use a few things to decorate with for Valentine's then your mantle is a great place to add decor.
Add some garland to your mantle like this eucalyptus garland and toss in some tiny lights. Then all you have to do is create a centerpiece in the front with your houses.
See how simple this mantle design is for love day?
Valentine Hutch Decor Ideas
Another great place to add some holiday decor is your hutch or china cabinet.
And don't forget to add some garlands. Another really simple DIY is this heart doily garland.
Place your houses between dishes on each shelf. If you only have four or five houses then sit then in the center of each row.
If you have one leftover place it on the tabletop of the hutch. It will look really cut combines with some of your usual accessories.
Don't be afraid to place your houses behind the garlands. They will still look good peeking out from behind it.
Here is the overall look. I decided this will be the home of all my Valentine's village. Something about it makes me smile!
The faint subtle tones of the houses blend in so nicely.
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So now that you have a simple idea to decorate for Valentine's day would you like some more inspiration with a farmhouse vibe?
Well, some of my friends have come up with more inspiration to share with you. Check out all these gorgeous ideas and links to their Instagram. I hope it fills you with love and inspiration to bring a little cupid touch into your home.
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