3D Ledge Village - Schoolhouse -Silhouette Tutorial

Project Description: 

The Ledge Village is series of 3D buildings and accessories that can be combined in a mix and match fashion to build tiny villages on small ledges around your home.  The buildings are thin, with all detail on the front so they fit on small trim ledges.  Each file comes with a building and some accessories to build the village. This tutorial is for the school house. Although the building construction is very similar to the other buildings in the village, the addition of the bell cupola adds some complexity that additional information is included for.


Other files in the series include:

And there are more to come!

Here is a view of the school house along with the other village buildings arranged on a shelf with a little more depth.

Below you can see an arrangement including the two-story house, cottage, school house and the church arranged on a different ledge.

Consider installing a grouping on a window ledge. The outside light shines through and makes the windows "light up".

I am a new Silhouette Contributing Artist. Both my Silhouette files and this website are the beginning. Send along any suggestions, problems, ideas or photos as we learn to create together. I'd love to hear from you!  Marji RoyeMail: ashbeedesignemail@gmail.com
Tutorial assembled using Silhouette Software Release 2.7.18. This tutorial assumes you already know how to use the Silhouette and Silhouette software.

Supplies Needed:

  • Glue dots 3/16"
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Card Stock 

Steps for completing the 3-D School House Construction:

1. Download the cutting file for your Silhouette Cutting machine from the Silhouette Online Store here.

2. Prepare the files:
  • The downloaded Silhouette file for the School House house looks like this. The other buildings are similar with the main building piece, the roof piece and some various landscaping accessories.   The school house is different because of the second roof piece for the top of the cupola.

  • The picket fence is optional. If you don't need it, then remove it from the file because it does take a while for it to cut.
3. Cut the files.
  • The settings will depend on the paper you use. I have been using white index card stock and cutting at a speed of 3, a depth of 33 and the blade set to 4.
  • Carefully remove the cut files from the backing mat.
  • Here are the parts for the school house.

4. Fold the house.
  • Note each cut file has dotted lines. These are fold lines. 
  • Fold all the dotted lines inward.

5. Glue all seams

  • I like to use Glue Dots on the edges although other glue types are appropriate. 
  • It is important to make square corners. I start at the bottom and get that even and then move up to the roof line.

  • I insert a skinny tool through the door to help press all seams together.

6. Position the bell.
  • Fold the bell tower into place and use glue dots to hold it as well.
  • The bell gets folded into the inside of the tower.
  • You can fold back both the bell sides for additional gluing surfaces. The right fold location is shown with the red line below. These are not marked with dotted lines but fit in place.
  • You want to position the bell so it is recessed behind the opening in the front of the tower.

  • Once the bell is in position, glue the roof flaps of the tower top in place.

  • The two roof pieces get glued on last. They are flush with the back and have an over-hang in front.
  • The notch of the larger roof piece slides around the bell cupola.

7. Place on the wall.
  • I use Blu Tak or a similar product to attach to the walls with a material that doesn't damage the wall and is easy to re-position.

© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design


  1. Thank you so much for putting the directions in print instead of a video. I live in the sticks and have a limited amount of internet time each month and videos devour that time. I'm going to get each building in your set. They are so cute.

    1. Linda, You are welcome. Although I live on the crowded east coast, I to have terrible internet and no cable. Video is costly! I also find it easier to follow a picture tutorial, unless it is a tricky step - and none of these are. So enjoy. More buildings to come!