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Faux Wood Handcrafted Wishing Well Project

Updated on December 7, 2014

Images Of The Wishing Well I Created For My Cousin's Baby Shower

When my by baby cousin was having a baby of her own, I decided to make her a wishing well for her baby shower. The image to the right is the finished project.

The well took me a couple of weeks to complete. I used the following materials: cardboard boxes, poster board, cardstock, acrylic paint, hot glue Additional images and closer views of the completed wishing well are below.

Baby Shower Wishing Well
Baby Shower Wishing Well

About The Project

Most of the items I used were things I had laying around in the garage, so this was a pretty inexpensive project.

First I constructed the well using cardboard boxes & scrap cardboard. Then I shingled the roof & sides with card stock. I actually had tons of business card inkjet printer paper that I was not using. It worked well because I could pretty much make it any size without cutting, do to the perforated edges.

After the shingles were on, I painted the shingles using acrylic paint. The paper shingles, once wet with paint, curled in areas to create a weathered wood look.

Baby Shower Wishing Well
Baby Shower Wishing Well

Shingling Ideas

Another shingling option is blank index cards. This would entail very little cutting.

To save even more time you could avoid painting entirely! Try colored index cards and make a solid or multicolored well then dress it up with colored foam letters and shapes.

Flowers Sprays
Flowers Sprays

Wishing Well Details

For the center I used a used up wrapping paper roll.

Because these are not real strong I ran a thin wooden dowel through and stuffed it with paper and scrap so it would not bend.

The dowel also made it possible for me to attach the sides securely.

Tissue Paper Bows
Tissue Paper Bows

Wishing Well Finishing Touches

On the rest of the well I added various items such as: flower sprays, vines and a big butterfly. You can use anything you want to decorate the well after. These items come in handy for covering up mistakes too :)

Bows can be crafted out of construction paper, tissue paper or you could just buy bows if you don't want to make them.

Ready for the baby shower!

Baby Shower Wishing Well
Baby Shower Wishing Well

Have you ever made your own wishing well?

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I am out scouting for sticks today and thought that your wishing well might fall into that category. i was surprised to see that it was constructed of card stock and cardboard. How clever a craft project.

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      7 years ago

      What a lovely gift. Blessed by a questing SquidAngel.

    • ResearchAddict profile image


      7 years ago

      A labor of love! Very lovely.

    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely creative work. ~blessed~

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      7 years ago from Iowa

      Wow really an impressive project and very realistic looking.

    • jvsper63 profile image


      7 years ago

      Michelle it is beautiful. I am not surprised at all, your great!!! Love Aunt Joni:)

    • sousababy profile image


      7 years ago

      Ahh, this is an adorable project. One that if I do, I'll use white index (recipe) cards for the shingles. This really isn't all that expensive either. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. Hope the baby shower's fun!

    • lemonsqueezy lm profile image

      lemonsqueezy lm 

      7 years ago

      Holy cow! Amazing! I can see that a cordless glue gun would be much easier.


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