A miniature church can be a festive Christmas decoration or a quaint addition to a model railroad village. With a little practice, you can make your own church as a homemade craft. Miniature churches can be plain or decorative, including stain glass windows and other embellishments, depending on your style and preference. Give your crafted churches away as Christmas gifts or hang them on the tree to enhance your holiday season.
Things You'll Need
- Model aircraft wood
- Razor blade
- 2 small hinges
Draw two 8-by-4-inch rectangles and two 4-inch squares on the surface of wood. Add one 8-by-5-inch rectangle for the floor of the church. From the center point of one edge of one of the 4-inch squares, draw a 2-inch line perpendicular to the edge of the square. Draw a line at an angle from one corner of the same square to this center point line. Do the same from the opposite corner. Now there should be a triangle on top of the square, forming the front wall of the church.
Cut out the five shapes you have drawn on the wood. Apply wood glue to the edges of the floor and attach the walls. If you want to decorate your church with stained glass windows, simply draw the windows on the walls and cut them out.
Color a transparency sheet with patterns using permanent markers. Cut the sheets to a size that is a little larger than the dimensions of your church windows. Attach the transparencies to the church by taping them against the inside of the walls, over the holes that you cut for the windows. When light is let through, the windows will glow with the appearance of stained glass.
Measure the dimensions needed to cover the top of your church. Mark these measurements out on wood and cut out two roof panels. Attach these pieces together by screwing in two small hinges that allow you to adjust and remove the roof, so that the interior can still be accessed.
Draw four 1-by-2-inch rectangles on the wood and cut them out. The roof angle should be traced onto a side of each of the panels and cut out. Attach the resulting four pieces together, placing the angled pieces opposite, to form the base of the steeple.
Build a pyramid by sketching four isosceles triangles out on the wood. Each of these triangles should have a base that is 1 inch in length. Cut the pieces and glue the edges to form a pyramid. Then attach the pyramid to the top of the steeple base using glue. The steeple can be attached to the roof with glue or simply set on top of the roof.
Decorate your church. Draw details such as doors, windows, stones and shingles with a marker, or paint the church whatever color you desire.