Rustic Woodland Party Decor Centerpiece
I used my Cricut Explore to die cut a variety of materials to create a house with lots of texture and dimension. I die cut a lot of wood veneer and felt, but I also die cut chipboard to make the house base. And I did it all with the same standard blade!
This rustic woodland party decor centerpiece is all about the details, from the overlapping wood siding, to the stitched felt leaf roof, to the authentic pinecone swag over the door.
Creating the garden around the house was my favorite part. I placed reindeer moss around the stone path and filled the garden with a variety of decorative mosses and lichens.
A die cut birch wood veneer fence separates the moss garden from the stone path.
The house, nor any of the other components, are permanently attached to the wood base allowing you to switch out the lights or rearrange any of the rocks or greenery.
The fence wraps around the back of the garden and the back of the house is completely finished allowing the centerpiece to look beautiful from all angles.
Each window is framed with twigs from my backyard.
The roof tiles are made from die cut and stitched felt leaves. The Cricut Explore does a fantastic job of cutting materials like felt. I added Heat N Bond stabilizer to the back of the felt so it would cut more evenly and not leave too much fuzz on my cutting mat.
The stone chimney adds to the rustic charm of this woodland house.
How to Erase Parts of a Cricut Cut FileThe original house cut file I used from the Winter Woodland cartridge had three windows on each side and a round window above the door. For my design, I wanted more simple, rustic windows on each side of the house. To erase components of a cut file, select the entire file and click on the Contour button and click on the areas you do not want to cut. The cut lines will turn light blue indicating that they will not be cut out.
I created new windows by resizing and grouping four squares together. I copied and pasted my new windows on to the original house cut file.
Wanna know the best part of making this house? I die cut all of the components out of Kleenex chipboard packaging! No special chipboard required! Start saving your cereal boxes. Oh, and the next best thing I did was use a 12"X24" cutting mat. It saved my project from having to be cut into several pieces.
I had to improvise scoring lines a bit since they were not included in the file. The file included notches, but since the chipboard was so thick, the folds were going to be wonky. I created score lines by simply placing a ruler between the scoring notches and then scoring with my Cricut scoring tool by hand. It was super easy and it worked perfectly.
(NOTE: You can add a score line to your cut files, but I decided not to take the time to do it for this project. )
How to Create a Custom Shape in Cricut Design Space
One of the things I love doing in Cricut Design Space is manipulating basic shapes and combining them together to create custom shapes.
I copied and pasted the finished siding cut file until it filled an entire 12"x12" sheet of wood veneer. I used the Cardstock setting to cut the cherry wood veneer and it worked perfectly. The entire house took about 1 1/2 sheets of 12"x12" wood veneer.
Before I started adding the siding to the house, I added wood trim around the windows to prevent any of the print from showing in the final project.
Starting at the bottom of the house, I adhered the wood siding to the chipboard house, overlapping the shingles as I moved up the house. I recommend using red tape adhesive (or other strong adhesive) when making 3D projects as it will help prevent the stiffer materials from popping off of the project.
After I had adhered all of the siding to the house, I flipped the house over and trimmed the excess away with scissors and a craft knife.
One of the things I love about wood veneer is that it can be stained. Yay! I stained some scrap wood veneer to create the dark shutters and front door.
Pretty cool, huh? I used more scraps for the front door and alternated the pieces to add some texture to the door.
After all of the cherry wood veneer siding was adhered to the house, I trimmed twigs from my backyard to create rustic window casings. I used a miniature hacksaw to cut the twigs into smaller lengths and adhered them to the house with a bead of hot glue.
Before I assembled the house, I adhered a piece of heavy vellum to the inside of each window.
It's starting to look like a house!
The roof is made from alternating layers of die cut, stitched felt leaves. Each leaf is adhered to the roof with a dab of hot glue.
Two of the corners in the woodland house didn't want to stay square so I hot glued a couple of blocks into the corners to help them keep their shape. Smart, right?
I created the stone chimney by adhering small, decorative stones to the outside of the chipboard with glue dots.
The garden fence is die cut from birch wood veneer. I adhered two fence pieces together so both sides of the fence had a wood finish. To add stability to the fence, I trimmed and glued toothpicks to the inside of the fence.
I plan on using this rustic woodland party decor centerpiece as the focal point for my Thanksgiving table, and perhaps as a piece of pretty fall decor.
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