Ledge Village Library

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. This tutorial is for the Town Library. It is to be used with the other Ledge Village files. It is shown here with trees and fences from the Greek Revival House and a park bench from the Store file.

Other files in the series include:
And there are more to come!

Here is a view of my growing ledge village......

Ledge Village Library Tutorial

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 Roy 
eMail: 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:

  • Template from Silhouette On-Line Store here.
  • Glue dots 3/16"
  • Scotch Tape
  • Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
  • Card Stock 

Steps for completing the Library:

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 library looks like this. 

  • It is laid out on a 12 x 18" mat and needs to be split into two separate files for cutting. Each file will fit on an 8.5 x 11" piece of card stock so it will work on both a Cameo and Portrait cutting machine.
  • Copy the Library back and wings and paste it into a new file.

  • Copy the Library Center and roofs plus the trim piece  and paste into a new file.

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 2.
  • Carefully remove the cut files from the backing mat.
  • Here are the parts for this project. 

4. Curl the pillars and fold the doors in.
  • There are four fake pillars on the front of the library. Take a round object - I used a small Phillips head screw driver - and wrap each of the pillar areas around it. The goal is to curve them back toward the building. They will be the fronts of pillars and only curve back half way.

  • It is also helpful to fold the doors in at this point because it is harder to do later.

5. Fold all the fold lines on the library center.

  • Note each cut file has dotted lines. These are fold lines. 
  • Fold all the dotted lines inward except the front portico area with pillars. That gets folded forward.

6. Glue the library center together.
  • I like to use Glue Dots on the edges although other glue types are appropriate. 
  • It is important to make square corners. 
  • Start by gluing the bottom corners in place to form the base of the building. Do this on both lower corners of this piece.

  • Use glue dots to glue up the side seam and glue together the roof peak.

  • Glue together the other half of the peak.

  • Fold up the portico with pillars. The roof flaps on this piece are glued on top of the roof in place. Back edges should line up leaving the pillars spaced out from the front just a little bit.

  • The library center is a completed unit. 

7.  Glue the library back and wings together.

  • First fold on all the fold lines.
  • All fold lines go to the back EXCEPT the two flaps on the wings that are in the center. Those fold forward.

  • Using glue dots, glue the two side walls to the floor in the bottom corners working to keep things square.

  • Glue the side walls to the roofs. There are two tabs on each half that need to be glued to hold the roof in place.

  • Next glue the back to the side walls and roof but look carefully. You will see two little notches in the top of the back wall. They are tiny.  That is a visual mark to show where the inside corner should line up. This is important so the center will fit in place.

  • I used scotch tape to hold the inside flaps of the wings to the center back.

8. Combine the center with the wings.
  • The center slides into the space between the two wings. Test it first and then add glue dots and glue it into place. It should be a close fit.

9. Add the decorative trim.
  • The trim gets glued on along the front of the wing just below the roof line. It is then bent up, across the front of the portico, back to the other wing and across that as well. You can continue along the side walls if you want. I used regular glue (not dots) for this part.

9. Add the roof covers.
  • There are two roof pieces. Start with the larger one. It covers the two wings. Glue it in place over the two wings. It should have over hangs on both ends and the front.
  • There are two flaps which fold forward and get glued onto the top of the center portion.

  • Next add the roof cover for the portico. It covers the flaps just glued down from the back roof.

  • Put glue dots on the underside of the cover for the main peak and glue that into place.
  • That completes the Ledge Village Library!

Place on the ledge with other buildings from Ledge Village.
  • 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. Marji, I love it and can hardly wait until it's available at the Silhouette store! Thanks so much for creating a library!

  2. Oh my!!! I found you through Pinterest! Love your creations! I am off to browse browse browse!!!

  3. How do you separate the house front from the rest of the parts???

  4. Generally Silhouette groups everything together in the file. Click on it so it is selected, and go up to the OBJECT Menu and down to UNGROUP. That will split things into separate units.