Tea Light Village Church Tutorial

2015 Note:
I have continued to expand Tea Light Village and made the files available at my sister site. Visit 3dcuts.com for more information about additional Tea Light Village Files. I have 11 buildings available now!

Project Description: 

Tea Light Village is a series of tiny buildings designed specifically to fit over small LED Tea Lights so readily available these days.  The lights provide a warm glow which brings life to the village display.

Warning: Only use LED Tea Lights. DO NOT use regular candle tea lights.

This specific tutorial is for the Church.  

Files can be purchased as a group at 3dcuts.com here for savings.
There are 4 tutorials

Tea Light Church Tutorial

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:

  • Templates from Silhouette On-Line Store (Links to all three files above).
  • Glue dots 3/16"
  • Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
  • Card Stock 
  • Wax paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Steps for completing the Church:

1. Download the cutting file for your Silhouette Cutting machine from the Silhouette Online Store (links above).

2. Prepare the files:
  • The downloaded Silhouette file for the church looks like this.  The church fits on 8.5 x 11" card stock. 

3. Cut the files
  • The cut 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 3.
  • Carefully remove the cut files from the backing mat.

4. Add wax paper scraps to the inside of all the windows. This will allow the candle light to have a more natural glow.
  • I cut rectangles of wax paper to fit the windows on each side.
  • Use regular paper glue to hold these in place.

5. Assemble the Steeple
  • Fold in some of the fold lines (dotted) on the steeple. Fold the sides of the base and the edges of the steeple tower all in. Do not fold the tabs on the base yet.

  • Glue the side wall of the steeple base together using a glue dot.
  • Then fold the 3 tabs to connect the steeple base to the steeple spire in toward the center.

  • Put a glue dot on the first tab of the base. This one is triangular shaped . Glue the first spire triangle to the base carefully lining it up. The base of the spire triangle lines up with the dotted fold line on the steeple base.

  • Continue around the spire adding a glue dot to each tab and attaching it to the spire.

  • There will be one spire triangle left. Glue that over the first triangle to enclose the spire.

  • Fold the 6 tabs on the bottom of the steeple base OUTWARD.

  • Slide the steeple up through the folded roof cover.

  • The tabs of the steeple will get glued to the underside of the roof cover - but don't glue them in place until you have made the church building. They need to fit together.

  • Fold in all the fold lines (dotted) on the church building. They all fold in toward the wax paper side.

  • Glue the two sidewalls of the barn together. Be sure to line up the bottoms.

  • Glue the roof to the roof tabs.
  • Glue the side closest to the fold first and then add glue dots to the other side and stick in place.

  • The roof and steeple portion will be placed onto of the lower portion.  Position the steeple within the roof and use removable glue dots to hold it.
  • The fit  of the steeple is good and it lines up when the roof is at the proper angle.

  • Glue the roof cover in place. This gives the building overhangs.

  • Directions for making the trees are here
  • Add these new pieces to the Tea Light Village.

Here is a wonderful display idea to sent to me from Pam in Australia. Check out her website Get Silvered here

© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design


  1. Just made my first church and it is so cute. I am planning on making two little village scenes on the round cake boards to give to my sisters. Thank you so much for the cute files.

    1. Send pictures! I'd love to share them in my Sharing Page (link above in nav bar.)

    2. Will send you after I have completed the scenes. I am not real good with a camera so I hope that I will be able to take a good picture of them. Thank you.

  2. Marji, I have made the two villages for my sisters for Christmas. I have a picture and I will email it to you. As I said, I am not real good with pictures and I took this one with my phone.

    1. I just put your village picture up on the sharing page. Your village looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  3. thank you so much for your files! I bought them on the cameo store and was worried like some publishers files that they would be difficult to piece together but was AMAZED that they were simple and look AMAZING once done! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    1. You are welcome. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I work hard to try and create designs that others can assemble. Yet I have been a teacher long enough to know that sometimes directions miss the mark. Glad they worked for you. It helps to hear that.

  4. The links to the 3d tea light cutting files no longer work :(

  5. Hello, Just bought several of your creations and want to thank you for such clear instructions. They are easy to put together and look great. I printed stained glass paper and put that in the church design. Looks very pretty when the light is on. Gladys