DIY Wooden Skyline Centerpiece

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Light Up Wood Skyline Centerpiece

wooden skyline centerpiece

Disclaimer: I recognize that a more skilled maker than I could have made this MUCH more precisely. Also, I’m sloppy. So so very sloppy so I’m actually just pleased that I was able to basically pull this off! What I love the most about this centerpiece is that it requires one piece of wood. ONE! You do need to have a jigsaw or a scroll saw to make this easier otherwise I’m not sure it’s worth the time of hand cutting!

wooden house centerpiece

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Step 1. Cut your lumber

Determine what size you want your house centerpiece to be. I based this off the scrap lumber I had on hand… mine is about 4 feet long and 6 inches wide. I used leftover 1x8s.

cut your lumber for the centerpiece

Step 2. Draw your skyline

I marked a guideline 4 inches from the bottom of my board.  Then I used a straight edge and a pencil to make roof lines for the skyline making sure to vary the height of each roof and change the angles.  I didn’t go below the guideline.

Step 3. Cut out the roofline

Using a jig saw, I cut along my pencil line to make the skyline.

cut out the roofline with a jigsaw

Step 4. Trace windows

I made a window stencil and then used this to trace windows randomly along each board. Yes… the stencil is already crooked.

trace windows onto centerpiece

Step 5. Cut Out windows

Here’s where a Varsity woodworker would have a better technique. But I’m still solidly on the J.V. team so here’s what I did. I grabbed a drill bit that was large enough to fit my jigsaw blade. Then I drilled holes in opposite corners of each window so my jig saw would have a  point of entry. (I wasn’t paying attention and drilled 4 corners below, but for all the other windows, you only need to do the two opposite corners.)

drill holes in corner of window

Then I simply used my jig saw to cut along each side of the window. (This is one of the end pieces which is why it’s so small.)

cut out windows on centerpiece

Step 6. Clean up the windows

Obviously I didn’t clean up the windows perfectly, but I did spend a bit of time with sandpaper and a file to smooth out the edges and the corners. I’m calling them rustic windows. In hindsight, I should have drilled my two holes slightly inside each corner so that I could have a sharper angle at each corner.

Step 7. Assemble the Centerpiece (not shown)

Using my kreg jig, I made pocket holes in either end of the long boards, I assembled the centerpiece using 1 1/4 kreg screws.

Step 8. Finishing touches

With a flat craft brush, I painted the top edge gold and gave the rest of the wood a coat of satin finish polycrylic.

I also wanted to use string lights inside the centerpiece so I glued small pieces of vellum to the inside of each window to act as a ‘window’ pane.

glued vellum inside centerpiece

You’ll notice that this does NOT have a bottom. For a centerpiece it’s almost easier just to skip this step and save the lumber. It makes the centerpiece lighter and I can tuck anything inside that I need to. IF you wanted to use this as a planter, it might be easier to add a bottom… in that case I would try and fit one inside the skyline boards just to make for a cleaner appearance.

finished skyline wooden centerpiece finished skyline wooden centerpiece

We used this on the center of our giant Thanksgiving table and now it sits on the mantel in the playroom filled with those faux flowers from Ikea.

flowers in wooden skyline centerpiece flowers in wooden skyline centerpiece

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skyline centerpiece

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