When I saw these paper advent houses from Grosgrain, I fell in love! I wanted to recreate the same thing for my house, but I needed the paper houses to be smaller. I don’t have a mantle, so I’m planning on putting them on the top of my piano.
I decided to take on the challenge of designing my own paper houses using my Silhouette and I think they turned out pretty cute!
They are a lot simpler in design which makes them great for personalizing however you want. Dress them up with snowy glitter on the roofs, paint on fine details, or choose a gradient of papers in pink or green. I chose to keep things uniform, and simple in all kraft paper. There are lots of possibilities!
Plus, the cutting files are free!
25 + pieces of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock paper (the extras are for contingencies)
Silhouette cutting machine and accessories
low temperature glue gun
optional: votive candles
STEP ONE: Download the following 25 Silhouette cut files.
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty one, twenty two, twenty three, twenty four, twenty five
They are Silhouette Studio files and they are offered through Google Drive. If you have trouble downloading them from Google Drive, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can email them to you. Please be aware, that it may take up to 10 business days for me to reply to your request. Check your firewall, security settings, etc. or try another computer if you need them sooner.
If you don’t have Silhouette here is a pdf version that is similar. It only has three houses styles and no numbers, but you can easily add them yourself.
I actually designed five houses (three for the pdf file), and repeated the design five times to achieve 25 houses.
To help break up the monotony I exchanged the roofs and the little portico awnings. I have also included extra chimneys and portico awnings with the first two houses. You may need to trim some roof lines down, if you switch them up, but that is an easy fix and can even be done after gluing the roof on.
STEP TWO: Cut the files and weed them out.
The houses include the numbers already cut into the houses, so that helps save a step!
***Be sure to set your cut settings to overcut by .1 or .2. This will help you achieve a cleaner cut and will make the window weeding soooo much easier.
TIP: This is a lot to cut. I recommend cleaning out your blade and physically resetting the blade setting every few houses or so. I’m not sure if my blade is getting dull, but after about 2-3 houses, if I twisted the blade numbers up and down and then back to the original number I needed, it just seemed to cut better. If you run into trouble, try that and see if it helps.
STEP THREE: Assemble the houses.
The fold lines are perforated, except for the roofs. Those are left flat, so you can have flexibility to fold them how you want. I didn’t make any of my roofs asymmetrical, but with this cut file design, you have that option.
The chimney is assembled like so…
And the rest is all glued at the tabs with low temperature hot glue. Easy peasy!
You can put little pieces of candy or a scripture verse under each house. My plan is to place a flame-less tea light under a new house each day. I’m already planning on the process being a little tedious as we get closer to Christmas, but I have lots of little hands I know will be more than happy to help! I might revert to one traveling tea light as well… We’ll see how things go by the 25th. ;)
It sure is fun to see all the houses lit up.
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