Let’s Build A Craft Wishing Well
Are you ready to make a realistic looking miniature wood craft wishing well? If so, just follow the steps on this sequence of pages and you’ll end up with a fine wood craft wishing well like that shown in the inset of the image below.
There are quite a few steps in the construction of this balsa wood craft, but taken one at a time they are easy to complete. To make things even easier, I’ve coupled each step with a color image that fully illustrates what you should do.
If you want this to be a child craft project, just help with the cutting of balsa wood pieces, and the rest is easy for a child to complete. A great matching project is the foot tall gazebo project that is described in full detail in my Easy Craft Projects book. The book also includes another wishing well design and some miniature furniture designs.
So if you’re ready, let’s get crafting!
Supplies Needed for Wishing Well
You’ll need the following supplies:
- Two 1/8″ thick balsa wood panels 4″ by 2 1/2″ .
- Two 1/8″ thick balsa wood triangles 2 3/4″ on each short side.
- Five 1/4″ thick balsa wood squares, 2 3/4″ on a side.
- Four 1/4″ square posts of 2 3/4″ length.
- Two 1/4″ square posts of 6″ length.
- Two 1/4″ square posts of 3 3/8″ length.
- One piece of 1/4″ or 3/8″ square stock of 4″ length.
- One piece of 1/8″ dowel cut to 4 1/4″ length.
- Some dollhouse shingles.
- Wood glue, paint, decorations
You can find many of the supplies you need at wood crafting.
You’ll need some glue to assemble the parts. I always use Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue. It dries quickly, and holds wood pieces together securely.
Starting Construction of the Craft Well Base
The image above shows how to begin construction of the main part of the miniature wishing well, the base.
One of the 1/4″ thick balsa wood squares is used for the bottom, and the other four squares are glued around the bottom. Since all squares are the same size, this will result in the corners of the side pieces leaving exposed edges.
The four short 1/4″ square posts are used to perfectly fill in the corners as shown in the illustration. Notice the post at the left of the image.
Completing the Well Base
The figure above shows the completed craft wishing well base with the corner posts in place.
You can just see the square panel that makes the bottom.
You can see how the other 4 square panels make up the sides, and how the 1/4″ posts finish the corners.
Making the Roof Supports
The miniature wishing well roof, shown later, will sit on the two 3 3/8″ long square balsa wood posts. It will use the same type of materials used to make dollhouse roofs.
To prepare the cross members for supporting the balsa wood roof, cut the ends at a 45 degree bevel as shown in the above illustration.
Adding the Wishing Well Posts
Once the glue on the miniature wishing well is dry and the roof support members are cut, it’s time to add the posts that will support the roof for the craft well.
First, make a mark at the center of two opposing sides of the balsa wood base. Mark the center at both the top and the bottom of the base.
Then glue the 6″ long posts on both sides, centered on the marks.
When the posts are secure, glue the two 3 3/8″ long roof supports across the top of the tall posts. Be sure they are centered, have the bevels facing upward, and sitting level.
Constructing the Miniature Wishing Well Roof
The wood craft wishing well roof is composed of the following craft parts from the supply list:
For The Roof You Need
- The 2 rectangular pieces of balsa wood cut to 4″ by 2 1/2″
- The 2 triangular pieces of balsa wood cut to 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 3 7/8″
- The length of 1/8″ dowel cut to 4 1/4″
- The length of 1/4″ square stock cut to 4″ length.
The 1/8″ balsa wood can be cut with a craft knife.
Glue the rectangular pieces with a craft glue so that they just meet to the 4″ length of square stock as shown.
Complete the Miniature Wishing Well Roof
To finished the basic miniature wood-craft wishing well roof construction, glue the triangular pieces to the ends of the rectangular pieces as shown in the illustration above.
The Completed Miniature Wishing Well Roof
This image shows the wood craft wishing well roof sitting as it would atop the roof supports.
From this point of view, you can see the seam where the rectangular pieces meet.
To cover the exposed rectangle edges at the top of the roof, glue the 1/8″ dowel along the seam formed where the rectangular pieces meet.
Attaching the Roof to the Miniature Wishing Well
When the wood craft wishing well roof assembly glue is dry, attach the balsa wood roof to the roof supports.
Put glue on the beveled edges of the roof supports, and place the roof onto the supports as shown in the illustration.
It’s finally starting to look like a wishing well, no?
The Roof With Shingles
The image above shows how the finished wood craft wishing well should look.
The dollhouse shingles are easy to add.
Start on either side and lay the bottom row first. The shingles should extend about 1/8″ over the ends of the roof panel, and 1/4″ past the bottom edge.
Place the next row of dollhouse shingles with the seams of the second row offset from the seams of the first row. Make sure the second row overlaps the first row a 1/4 inch or so.
Lay the final row in the same manner, again offsetting the seams. Let the shingles bump against the dowel running along the peak. Now do the same on the other roof panel.
Final Touches to the Wishing Well
The wood craft wishing well may be finished however you desire. The balsa wood pieces can be stained to give a natural look, for example.
In this case, the well is painted, but the dollhouse shingles are left to look like natural wood.
Decorating the miniature wishing well is the most fun. In the image shown, plastic flowers were used to fill the well, making it into a planter.
If you enjoyed this wishing well design, I’m sure you’d also like the foot tall gazebo project and another wishing well project, both available in my Easy Craft Projects book. Additional wood crafts are described in the book, including some endearing miniature furniture.
I have created another version of the miniature wishing well. It’s a bit more involved to build, and has a base that is round. It makes heavy use of doll pins for the construction. You can purchase these plans in a craft booklet that also has a few other wood craft project plans at Easy Craft Projects