I have continued to expand Tea Light Village and made the files available at my sister site. Visit 3dcuts.com for mote information about additional Tea Light Village Files. I have 9 buildings available now!
Tea Light Village is a tiny series of buildings designed specifically to fit over tiny 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.
I gave my sister-in-law a Tea Light Village fore Christmas this year. She sent me this photo of it on the mantel in their beautiful log home in the Colorado Rockies.
This specific tutorial is for the simple buildings including the cottage, town house and village store.
Files can be purchased as a group at 3dcuts.com here for savings.
Files in the Tea Light Village series include with links to the cutting file at Silhouette:
- 3D Tea Light Village Cottage and Barn Cutting File
- 3D Tea Light Village Town House and Village Store Cutting File
- 3D Tea Light Village Church Cutting File
Tea Light Simple Building Tutorial
Tutorial assembled using Silhouette Software Release 2.7.18. This tutorial assumes you already know how to use the Silhouette and Silhouette software.
- Templates from Silhouette On-Line Store (links above)
- Glue dots 3/16"
- Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
- Card Stock
- Wax paper
Steps for completing the Buildings:1. Download the cutting file for your Silhouette Cutting machine from the Silhouette Online Store (Link for all three files n the series located above.)
2. Prepare the files:
- The downloaded Silhouette file for the combined town house and village shops looks like this. Each building will fit on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock or can be cut from a 12 X 12" sheet depending on your Silhouette size and paper supplies.
- To use a Portrait or smaller paper, copy and paste the appropriate pieces into a new file.
- Note: If all the parts are grouped together, you will need to ungroup them to move them.
- Select the image, go up to the OBJECT menu and down to UNGROUP. Then copy and paste the parts needed into a new document.
- Here is the town house on an 8.5 x 11 page.
- And here is a layout for the village shops: You may need to rotate and rearrange parts to fit everything on one page.
- 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 building.
- First fold all dotted lines in ( toward the wax paper side).
- Using glue dots, connect the side walls together.
- Work to keep things square. Bottom edges should line up.
- Place glue dots along the tabs for the roof. Apply then to the portion closest to the fold first and press the roof in place.
- And then continue to the other side of the roof including gluing the tab that slides down by the side wall.
- Add glue dots to the first roof and then glue on the roof cover which adds the overhangs.
- Work to center the roof.
- Now, make additional buildings and trees to make a complete village scene.
- This same set of instructions applies to other Tea Village buildings as well including the town house and village shops.
© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design
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