Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tea Light Winter Village Paper Craft

Happy Wednesday!  My Cricut Explore™  and I have been hard at work making winter wonderland crafts to help make my house merry and bright this holiday season.  Although Halloween has yet to pass, I can't help but dig into my Christmas papers and supplies and start creating projects for Christmas.  For my Cricut Design Space™ Star Round 3 project I made a tea light winter village paper craft that you can use to dress up a holiday mantel, table, or even use as a centerpiece.

Make a tea light winter village paper craft to decorate your house during the holidays |

Miniature paper houses are one of my all-time favorite crafts to make.  Miniature villages spark the imagination and, when done in festive holiday colors, spark loads of holiday cheer.   I die cut these houses from patterned paper and glitter cardstock using my Cricut Explore™.  These cut files can be found in the Cricut Explore Cut List as part of the Winter Woodland cartridge.

Tea Light Winter Village Paper Craft

Tea light winter village paper craft church and houses |
I had so much fun setting up this tea light winter village.  I kept the details on the houses at a minimum so the patterned paper and structural details would take center stage.  I placed the houses on cut logs and added some faux snow to bring the village to life.  I placed little bottle brush trees throughout to add some pretty detail to the village.  

Make your own tea light winter village with Cricut Explore |
No village would be complete without a schoolhouse and a large house on top of a hill.   TIP: When resizing the cut files, start with the house with the widest cut.  Since I was using 12"x12" paper, I maxed out the width at about 11.75".  I quickly learned that not all houses are scaled the same.  I resized my houses based the size of the front door (about 1 1/2" tall) so that they would all stay to scale. 

Three-story paper house with dormer windows. So cute!
This two story house with dormer windows is my favorite out of the whole village.  It looks like it came straight out of an old-fashioned Christmas movie.  If this were my house, I would pick the bedroom on the east side of the second story. 

This striped church is so sweet!
The stripey church looks so inviting!  I added vellum inside the doorways of the houses so the tea lights would be well disguised.  The houses do not have floors making it easy to set the houses over a tea light.  Each building also has a contrasting door.  Although I was tempted, I refrained from adding too many extra details to the houses so they wouldn't distract from the glowing lights.

I love the little dormer window on this peppermint striped paper house!
I die cut each roof from white glitter cardstock to make them look as though they were covered with a fresh layer of snow.  Even the tiny doorways and dormer windows have glittery roofs.  Adhering the chimneys to the glittered roofs required a bit more patience.  Just hold those babies on while listening to your favorite song and you'll be good to go. 

Make a tea light winter village paper craft to decorate your house during the holidays |
The best part of these houses is that they can each be lit with a single battery operated tea light.  The houses look great lit during the day, but look especially stunning at night.  The addition of vellum to the windows softens the glow and makes the houses look warm and inviting.  I accidentally left the tea lights on all night a couple of nights ago and was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the otherwise dark dining room the next morning.  So pretty. 

Tips and Tricks

Use Cricut Explore to make a tea light winter village paper craft to decorate your house during the holidays |
I learned a few things along the way as I die cut and assembled many houses, but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!"  See?  See what I did there?  But really, I did learn some stuff about paper crafting. 

Add vellum to the inside of the windows before assembling the house. |
Add vellum inside the windows and doors before you fold and assemble the houses.  Cut pieces of vellum so they overlap the windows about 1/4" on each side and adhere with a tape runner.

Make crisp creases and folds by folding paper over a sharp edge.
The cut files for these houses leave small perforations along the lines to be scored (blue arrows).  For shorter lengths, these work well for creating a fold.  To create a fold along a longer length of paper, place the score line along a sharp edge and create a crease by folding the paper over the edge.  

Make crisp folds by pressing paper with a bone folder.
After you have created creases in your paper, make a nice, crisp fold by pressing each fold with a bone folder. 

Use a quick-dry liquid adhesive when assembling the winter village houses.
Use a quick-dry liquid adhesive to assemble your houses.  It is just a little bit messier than using a tape runner, and you have to be a little more patient, but your houses won't pop apart at the seams.  I like Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive for paper projects because it binds quickly and doesn't warp the paper. 

Use needlenose pliers to press together glued seams.  Works like a charm!
Sometimes it is hard to get a good seal between paper layers when making 3-D projects.  As I was making these houses, I discovered that using a pair of long needlenose pliers to press seams together worked perfectly.  The pliers make light work of assembling smaller objects like the chimneys and gables.  

Make a tea light winter village paper craft to decorate your house during the holidays |
I just love looking at this little village!  I may have to break out the Christmas decorations early this year.  

Check out what else Cricut Design Space™ Star Team 10 has been up to!  Pretty amazing, right?  Click on the links below for more details on these amazing projects. 

Cricut Design Space Star Team 10 Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland Mantel Luminaria from Let's Eat Grandpa

Winter Treat Boxes from Crafting in the Rain

Winter Wonderland Decor from Albion Gould

Tea Light Winter Village from Popper and Mimi

Personalized Snowflake Ornament from Sugar Bee Crafts

Whimsical Deer Art from One Krieger Chick

Frozen Inspired Pallet Art from Sweet Rose Studio

Happy creating!



Cricut Explore® Machine + Basic Starter Set 
Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge
Doodlebug Santa Express collection, Home for the Holidays collection
Doodlebug Sugar Coated cardstock
Buy Cricut Explore


  1. You do such amazing this!

  2. I am in utter and complete AWE!! Wow - what you can do with your Cricut and paper is just amazing to me!! Loved seeing the trio over at Doodlebug but the addition of the other buildings and the awesome way you have them displayed is totally delightful!! You are so careful and precise in your creating and it always shows because your creations appear flawless!! Good for you - what a fun thing to have at your house this holiday season!! You are one of a kind - the spectacular kind!!!

  3. This whole village is amazing! You do such incredible work!

  4. Beautiful!!!! I miss seeing your stuff in person.

  5. I'm a sucker for beautiful 3D houses. You did an amazing job! Love it!


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