I love my cute little mountains that I made for my transitional winter decor. They are the cutest and easiest craft ever! I showed them off during my winter decor segment on Studio 5 and had a lot of comments of people wanting to know how to make them. Studio 5 also wanted to know how I made them and wanted to film a little segment that will be airing soon, IN MY CRAFT ROOM! Can I just say I’ve been renovating this room for over a year and had to do a couple of 8 hr days to get it ready!! There is nothing like having people over for me to do a complete cleaning of my house. Hummm maybe I should do this more often Ha Ha. Anyway back to these darling mountains and how to make them. This is what you will need
- ply wood or MDF
- a jig saw (this is the one i used to cut the triangles) or have Home Depot do it for you
- white craft paint
- sand paper
- sealing wax you can get some from amazon here
1. Step one is to cut your wood into triangles this was super easy. I just took a ruler and drew my triangles on wood. Then I used a jig saw to cut out the triangles they are not perfect but hey neither is nature so there. LOL Again if you want to have a professional cut them, Home depot will do it for about a dollar a cut and I’m sure they will be a bit straighter than mine. wink wink
2. the next thing you are going to want to do is sand the edges! This is a must because ply wood when cut is not smooth. You don’t want any little slivers when your putting up your cute little Swiss mountains. I used a palm sander cause I wanted it done faster but sand paper works well too. Its just so cold here in Utah and my hubby was helping me in the freezing garage. Who am I kidding I was helping him cause I was too busy running back inside to get warm. LOL Thanks honey.
3. My triangles were cut from the thickest plywood they had and I feel like they could stand up pretty good on their own. If you wanted to make them extra sturdy especially if your putting them on a high shelf then just add a little bit of left over wood at the base. as you can see I just glued it to the bottom of the triangle to make it strong and steady, no nailing needed.
4. the last and funnest part was painting the tops of the mountains. I just used white acrylic paint, and a small paint brush. You can make scallops or straight lines, just have fun and don’t be too picky again this is just fun little abstract for you mantel or play room. The last thing you will want to do when your paint dries is to seal it with a little bit of sealing wax. I used the kind you get when you seal chalk paint. BBFrosh is my favorite and I have used it on lots of stuff including my piano believe it or not! You don’t have to do this last step but it does make it a bit smoother and gives it a little bit of sheen. and don’t worry it wont change the color of the wood. I was a little nervous when I saw that it went a little bit darker but when it dries its back to looking like the raw wood that I love!
Just to top of the cuteness of these wooden mountains I added some little rice ligjts i found at target, for a few bucks. It takes the sting of taking down all my pretty Christmas lights. Who doesn’t need a little sparkle in the middle of winter. And that’s how easy it is to make your own little Swiss wood mountains. I think they look like they could be sold at a cute little Swedish boutique, don’t you think? And for just a few dollars you can make a whole mantel full of fun little wooden mountains yourself. I wonder if I could find some little skiers to stand by them? Stay warm and get cozy and enjoy this fun and easy craft.