What is it about Christmas village houses that make us smile? Every time I see these cute little towns in a frosty storefront window, I just stop and stare. It reminds me of a simpler time. I can imagine families in church praying or gathered around the dinner table. It’s these special places that bring us together and facilitate friendships and community.
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I wanted to create a special gift for all of my readers this holiday season and these little houses were the first thing that came to mind. I was able to create 5 beautiful cut files and PDF printables to share with you. It’s my way of saying “Merry Christmas!” from my family to yours. I hope you enjoy some time crafting and being together with friends and family this holiday season.
FIVE DIFFERENT TEMPLATES
Call me sentimental and detailed, but I’ve decided to name each of the buildings. Both for practical and emotional reasons. Practical – because you need to be able to find the files in the library. Emotional – because everything I design is very personal.
THE PAPER CHURCH
Each of these little buildings has a special place in my heart. I’ll start with my favorite, the church. Flawed as we are, the church community has brought so much truth and light into our lives. I think of all the ministries that help the hurting and give wisdom when life just seems impossible.
The times spent together here are special: weddings, funerals, celebrations, baptisms and dedications. Beautiful, caring, loving and giving friends who nurture and help, even when they themselves have needs. I’ve spent many, many hours in the church and I can honestly say that I would take a really bad day with the church over one “good” day without it.
THE PAPER COURTHOUSE
An emblem of law, order and justice. I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful we live in a country where there is law and order, which bring peace and justice. Again, just like any institution, it is flawed. But, imagine a world filled with chaos, injustice, crime and fear.
I give a huge thank you, here, to our police officers, investigators, firefighters, social workers, lawyers and judges. When I tuck my children into bed at night, I know they are safe because of a community of hardworking, selfless people. They have the privilege to grow up in a country where the value of human life is highly regarded and freedom and equality are core values.
THE PAPER TOWN HALL
Just tonight we gathered for a tree lighting ceremony in our neighborhood. So many young families with starry eyed little ones watching fireworks and listening to carolers.
The Town Hall represents a place where communities can gather and enjoy festivals, holidays and recreation. It is also a place where we can bring our grievances and differences to peacefully resolve conflict in a fair and just manner. But, the thing that is most endearing about The Town Hall is it is a place where people can come together during times of difficulty.
THE PAPER FARMHOUSE
Last, but certainly not least. The Farmhouse represents families gathered together, enjoying the ups and downs of daily life. It is a place of childhood wonder, joy, comfort, love and nurture. A shelter from the storm.
As parents, we try to provide, protect and nurture. The home is a place where we invest in the lives of a future generation, teaching, guiding and directing. It’s a place where we can comfort our spouse after a difficult day, cry over hurt feelings and vent our frustrations. It is here that we celebrate milestones, birthdays, joys and wins. I am so thankful for marriage and family!
I’ve created SVG cut files for those with a cutting machine. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can cut these houses with scissors, but you will need a craft knife and cutting mat to cut out the windows. If cutting by hand, print the PDF version on 8.5 X 11 card-stock. Your houses will be a smaller size, because the card-stock is smaller.
- 12 X 12 White Cardstock (80 lb)
- Silver Cardstock
- Green Cardstock
- Silhouette Cameo
- Precision Scissors
- Tape Runner or Glue Stick
- Colored Tissue Paper or Crepe Paper
- LED Candles
DOWNLOAD THE FILES
I designed these paper houses to be cut on an electronic cutting machine (i.e. Silhouette Cameo or Cricut). There is an updated version of the SVG and Silhouette files towards the top of the library along with PDF instructions for cutting and sizing the files. There is also a JPEG and PDF version of the houses located further down in the library, for those of you without cutting machines. Before you begin this craft, you’ll need to cut out the various pieces for assembly.
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Once in the library you can click on the appropriate links next to the photos to download your files. At this point a preview window of the file will appear. In the preview window, on the top right, there is a downward facing arrow with a line under it. Click on the arrow to download the files and save them to your computer.
CUT AND ASSEMBLE THE HOUSES
Each house is made from three sheets of 12 X 12 white card-stock and two sheets of vellum. You will cut the same file twice to make each house. There are three files to complete each building. There is the building file, the roof file and the vellum window file. As an example the file names for one building will be Town Hall, Town Hall Roof, and Town Hall Windows.
Start by cutting the Town Hall building twice and the Town Hall windows twice. As seen in the photo above.
Using a tape runner, add your adhesive to the backside of your cardstock around the perimeter of the windows. Then press your vellum into place.
Next, fold the tabs along the score lines in between the two pieces and attach them together using a glue stick or tape runner.
Then fold the outer tabs, along the score line and attach them together to form the house (see above). Now fold the tabs on the roof line in toward the center of the house.
Cut out the roof portion of the building and fold in half along the score line. Then fold the chimney along the score lines and glue the tab closed, to form the square.
Add adhesive to the tabs on the roof line of the house. Center the house on the card-stock roof and press the tabs in place. I ran my finger along the tab to make sure it had a good bond. Then add adhesive to the other side of tabs and flip the house on to the other side of the roof. I reached inside the house to press the roof tabs tightly to the roof top.
Add glue to the tabs on the chimney and press it on top of the roof.
Each of the houses assemble in much the same way. So once you assemble one house, you will get a feel for the process.
TIN ROOF FOR THE PAPER FARMHOUSE
I added a “tin” roof to The Farmhouse. This was just shiny paper added to a piece of card-stock. Once it is cut, it looks like the image below.
Fold the card-stock back and forth along the score lines.
Then flatten it out again and fold it in half for the roof. Here is another picture of The Farmhouse roof.
STAINED GLASS WINDOWS FOR THE PAPER CHURCH
Take your cut vellum and cover it with adhesive. Then tear small pieces of crepe paper and press them on the adhesive.
Using your scissors, cut the extra crepe paper off.
Add adhesive around the window openings on your card-stock. Then press the colored vellum in place. Be sure the crepe paper is facing the inside of the church.
Of all the files I created, the paper trees were the most difficult. It was a lot of trial and error, but I came up with a simple design that doesn’t require you to be an origami ninja. LOL!
Send the file to your cutting machine.
Remove the extra card-stock.
Fold along the score lines.
Fold up the two “branches” on the opposite edge from the tab. Add adhesive to the tab and close the tree cone. You may need to use your Silhouette scraper tool to reach inside the tree and press the tab down securely.
Using your Silhouette hook tool, pop up each of the triangles.
Then roll the triangles so the “branches” are pointing upward.
Sometimes the legs of the tree don’t line up perfectly. Just snip off the extra card-stock with your scissors, so the tree sits flat.
These little trees are simple to make and I made them in several sizes.
I’ve included a lot of detail here, but this little Christmas village is actually quite simple to assemble.
Add some small LED candles to the inside of your Christmas village houses to give them a warm glow in the evening.
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Do you ever create your own Christmas decorations? What do you enjoy making during the holidays? Hopefully these Christmas village houses bring you joy and inspiration this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by!