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Scrap Wood Row Houses
Create a windowsill display of row houses in bright New England colours or subdued Scandinavian ones, using scrap wood pieces and a bit of leftover paint. Great project to do with the kids and they can create their own village or town as well!

Posted by Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca from London, Ontario, Canada • Published See Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca's 7 projects »
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  • How to sculpt a wood model. Scrap Wood Row Houses - Step 1
    Step 1

    Collect up all of those leftover scrap wood bits lying around in your garage. For this project you'll need pieces with flat bottoms (for standing) and pitched tops (for rooftops).

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Scrap Wood Row Houses - Step 2
    Step 2

    If you don't have angled tops or flat bottoms - you'll want to cut these on your mitre saw - don't worry, it's not as intimidating as it sounds. Wear your protective ear and eyewear and have a friend close by for support (but you won't need it). Set your mitre saw to 0 degrees for your flat bottoms and at any angle you wish to create your roof tops. In the end though, you'll want your scrap pieces to be roughly the same height (but not exactly).

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Scrap Wood Row Houses - Step 3
    Step 3

    You'll want an odd number of pieces to create your display - be it 3, 5, 7 or 9 - of varying heights and depths. Here I have two sets, one for me and one for a friend. Finished height = 4", finished depth = 2" each.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Scrap Wood Row Houses - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sand your pieces smooth.
    Using leftover paint and/or stain, paint your houses. I chose to create both a New England row house set and a Scandinavian- minimalist one, so you can get a couple of ideas.
    For both sets, I used a dark walnut stain for the roof tops.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Scrap Wood Row Houses - Step 5
    Step 5

    You can use a sharpie marker to draw in windows and doors or, if you have a cutting machine, size down window and door files so they will fit and cut on adhesive vinyl.
    Adhere to your house and seal if you wish.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Scrap Wood Row Houses - Step 6
    Step 6

    Set out on your windowsill and enjoy!

    Note: Change these up and create Holiday versions, complete with powdered snow and small wreaths on the door, or set a dollhouse pumpkin next to it for an Autumn feel. Add a hanger to the top and use them as ornaments. The sky's the limit!

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