Oh, I know, I'm probably running a little bit behind in my holiday decorating but I think I am procrastinating a bit because I am afraid that Garrett will be into everything. So I thought I would start with a new project that I can put up on a table where he can't reach.
So I found these fabulous files from Lori Whitlock to make a Christmas Village. There are three types, a house, a tall house, and a church. The cut files come with the basic frame and then I added some extras to decorate them.
I cut out a picket fence and some standing 3D Christmas trees for the scene.
The three buildings that I used are the house, church, and tall house. I cut out the building outside pieces on the two houses twice so that I could have the roof and the sides of the houses two different patterned paper. There is a second bottom piece in each of the files that is the base of the house. Each of these were cut out of yellow cardstock so it looks like lights are on in the houses and church. Then I cut out scalloped trim for the eaves.
The buildings are super easy to put together and it was a lot of fun choosing different papers for the outsides and accessories. The 3D tree is another one of Lori's files that worked really well with the scene. The other Christmas tree that I used was cut from the same paper. The file I used is from the Christmas Icon set which is a fantastic set for all your Christmas needs. I actually welded the two pieces, top and trunk of the tree, together and then cut a small piece of brown to place over the stem. Then I decorated the trees with little rhinestones. I attached the trees to the houses with foam adhesive.
The houses don't actually come with doors but it is really easy to create your own. First ungroup the outside cover part of the file. Then draw with the shape tool a circle and rectangle that are the same size as the windows on the front of the buildings. You can drag these two shapes over the windows to get them the right size. Then weld the circle and rectangle to create the rounded door. Then delete the window cutouts from the main outside shape. This will make it easier to adhere the door and will not allow any paper to show through if the door ends up being a little small. Let's just say that I know all this from experience! :)
I used many different files to decorate the buildings. I really tried to think outside the box, using files that were intended for other purposes than what I actually used them for. The best example are the shrubs next to the houses. They are actually Lori's Clouds file. I did trim a little on the bottom so they were totally flat on the bottom edges and then I adhered some flat and others with foam adhesive.
Red Rhinestones adorn the wreaths which were also digital cut files by Lori Whitlock.
Here is a closeup of the one of the trees that I just mentioned. This one had colored lights. You can also see another file I used while "thinking out of the box". The open scalloped trim is actually a border strip that I cut out with my machine and then trimmed with my paper trimmer so that I just had small strips of scallops for the trim on the house.
Just have fun with these house files. I can see using them in all different ways and for every season.
Lori Whitlock supplies:
- Tall House
- 3D Christmas Tree 5
- Christmas Icon Set
- December Art (Silhouette Store)
- Border Strip Scalloped (Silhouette Store)
- Picket Fence
- Jillibean Soup Christmas
- Misc Rhinestones
- Bo Bunny Double Yellow Dot Cardstock
- Bazzill White Cardstock