Ledge Village • Ski Lodge

Note: Cutting Files are available here!

Winter is here and time for a new addition to your Ledge Village. What better house than a winter ski lodge in the style of a Swiss Chalet?

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 another house style, the Ski Lodge in the style of a Swiss Chalet.

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

Ski Lodge House 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:

  • Template from Silhouette On-Line Store here.
  • Glue dots 3/16"- a few removable ones as well
  • Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
  • Card Stock 

Steps for completing the Ski Lodge House:

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 Ski House looks like this. Note this picture was taken before I added the 4 skis.

  • It is laid out on a 12 x 12" mat and needs to be split into separate files for cutting. Each file will fit on an 8 x 10" piece of card stock so it will work on both a Cameo and Portrait cutting machine. 
  • The parts may be grouped together. Click on it once to select it, then go up to the OBJECT Menu in the Silhouette software and select UNGROUP. This will split it into the separate pieces which you can copy and paste into new Silhouette files (FILE Menu to NEW).

  • Copy the house front and shudders and paste it into a new file.

  • Copy all the other pieces except the tree and paste those into a new file.

  • Cut and paste the tree into a new file, rotate it and create two copies for a total of 3 trees. If using this pattern for a ledge village which will be mounted against the wall, cut only 3 trees. If you are creating a free-standing tree, cut 4.

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

4. Add all the details to the front of the chalet before assembling the chalet. Start with the shudders.
  • It is easier to add things before the house is glued into shape.
  • Start with the shudders. Add glue dots to the back side of each set.

  • Position them over the matching windows and press in place.

  • Before adding the porches, bend open each of the doors slightly.

5. Construct both porches and add those to the front.
  • Fold the bottom of the porch back. There is no dotted line here. You just fold it back right at the base of the fencing as shown in the image.

  • Each end folds back as well. Again there is no dotted fold line but there should be two uprights and one space on each end.
  • Fold up the tab and glue in place using a glue dot.
  • Do this on both ends of the porch railing

  • Next fold in the tab at the end and fold the tab on the bottom up and over it forming the end corner. Hold in place with a glue dot.

  • Repeat for both ends of the porch.

  • And repeat for both porch railings - both the short one and the long one. Note that I have added a section of fencing to the cutting file also. This is not a porch railing and there only if you want to add an optional picket fence to the display.

  • Attach the porches to the front of the chalet.  The short one goes below the top door. The long one goes below the double doors.

6. Add the skis.
  • Also add the ski sets to the left and right of the lower door.
  • Use a round tool to slightly curl the tips like skis.

  • Add a dab of glue and glue the skis in a crossed arrangement.

  • Glue them to the wall of either side of the ski lodge.

  • That completes the additions for the front.
7. Construct the house.
  • Fold all the dotted lines backward away from the porches.
  • Tuck in the tabs along the bottom and use glue dots to connect them to the side walls. 
  • Keep things square.

  • Next glue the tab at the roof peak together.

• Put glue dots along all the wall and roof edges and glue the house back in place.

  • Add glue dots to the roof and add the top roof. Note this photo was taken before I added the scalloped edge. Fold over the scallops to create the decorated trim so common in Swiss Chalets.

8. Assemble the tree.
  • Cut 3 tree patterns. Leave 1 flat and fold 2 in half.

  • Glue the pieces together matching the diagram below. It is a view from the bottom looking up.
  • The black line is one tree left flat.
  • The red line is the second tree with one half glued to the flat back tree. The blue line is the third folded tree with the other half glued to the back tree.

  • Put the tree with the chalet and display.
  • You can also cut another smaller tree to add to the grouping.

© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design

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  1. Awesome! I just bought it to add to my collection. Pretty soon, I'll need another room added on to my house just to show off my village!

    1. Mine extends 2/3rds of the way across my sunroom now. luckily I have this long, continuous ledge. I didn't design it for this village but it feels like it was meant to be. I have been slowing down on the Ledge village though - expanding into new things.

  2. Have you thought about adding any people silhouettes? Or cats and dogs?

    1. Good idea but people are a challenge to me. Mine always are so stiff! Figure drawing was always a challenge. Buildings came easily! I'll try but no promises.