Tutorial - Ledge Village Chapel
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. A growing number of files for Ledge Village can be found at 3dcut.com
This tutorial is for the Ledge Village Chapel.
Note: Ledge Village cutting files are available here on this website and at the Silhouette online store. You can purchase them as grouped files here for a reduced priced.
- Cutting File downloaded from 3DCuts.com
- Your preferred adhesives
- Glue Dots
- Zig Glue Pen
- Card Stock
(For people importing into Cricut Design Space)
- All parts together - 8.055" w x 10.390" h
- Trees and fence in separate accessories file.
Steps for completing the 3-D Ledge Village Chapel project:
1. Download the cutting files for your cutting machine here.
2. Load the files into your cutting software following the steps for your cutting machine.
3. Prepare the files:.
- Click here for detailed steps on how to use .SVG files on your Silhouette (with Design Studio).
- Click here for steps on how to use these .SVG files in Design Space with your Cricut Explore.
4. Cut the files:
- Paper colors are your preference. I like the simplicity of the all white but others have used a variety of card stock with great results. The file is grouped together. You can ungroup it in order to cut various parts from different papers. (Don't ungroup until after it is properly sized in Cricut.)
5. Fold on all dotted fold lines of the basic building par.
- All folds are in the same direction.
6. Glue the basic building piece together
- Start at the base and work up. It is important to keep things square and the base is a good rectangle to work from.
- Use Glue Dots on both base corners gluing the base to the 2 sides.
- Proceed up the sides gluing the side tabs to the roof edges and finish with the peak tab.
7. Glue the back in place
- I use Scor-Tape and apply it to all tabs. I leave the paper backing on all tabs except the bottom on.
- Fold the back in place and seal the bottom edge.
- Remove the paper backing from the side edge and seal in place.
- Seal the roof last.
8. Press everything together
- Press the back in place.
- Insert a long thin tool into the front space and press together any seams you can reach.
9. Build the steeple.
- Select the odd shaped steeple piece and fold on all dotted lines. Most folds go in the same direction (i.e back).
- The two tabs that extend off the rectangle base to connect to the roof get folded the opposite direction. If you are having difficulty identifying these, just fold everything and it will become clear when you reach the point of gluing it in place. It is easy to reverse the fold at that time.
- The steeple top is composed of 5 triangles. Fold them so that triangle # 5 covers triangle #1 and glue in place. The end result is a four-sided steeple top.
- The bottom half of the steeple is a 4-sided base. Glue the tab at one end to the side at the other end. Work to keep the structure square. This view shows the two connected halves.
- Fold the 4 triangular tabs on the base IN along the dotted fold lines, and the 2 side tabs are folded OUT.
- Insert the triangle tabs at the base top into the bottom of the steeple part and glue in place.
- Glue Dots work well in this location.
10. Add the steeple to the roof.
- Use Glue Dots on the 4 little triangle tabs that have been folded in and the 2 side tabs which have been folded out.
- Press the steeple onto the roof keeping the back edges aligned.
- Press in place.
11. Apply roof pieces.
- Add the roof over the chapel. It will cover the steeple tabs.
- It is flush with the back and has an over-hang in the front.
- Add Scor-tape to the roof sides of the chapel (view 1).
- The notch in the folded roof piece fits around the steeple (view 2).
- Peel the Scor-tape and press the roof in place (view 3).
- The steeple roof is composed of 5 triangles.
- Fold on all dotted lines.
- Glue triangle #1 to cover triangle #5, creating a 4 sided steeple roof cover.
- Slide it over the steeple gluing it in place.
The Ledge Village Chapel is complete. Add accessories (fence, trees, bushes, etc.) and combine with other Ledge Village pieces.
How many buildings will you add to your village? Group 1 includes the following. Additional building groups will follow.
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