- Computer with an object drawing program ( I used iDraw which is available for both Mac and PC)
- Silhouette Cutting Machine
- White Card Stock
- Glue Dots and/or paper glue
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Folding Tray (optional)
- White fishline for clothes line
- Note: This tutorial assumes you know how to use a drawing program and the Silhouette software.
- Working in an objected oriented drawing program, create a flat drawing of a simple house using ordinary shapes - rectangles and triangles.
- Make all that you want to be paper black and any openings white.
- My basic house looked like this.Notice the outline of the door. This is so the machine will cut the door opening on 3 sides.
- Add sides to all edges that are 3/4" deep. These will get folded back to give the house the depth of the ledge.
House with 3/4" sides added
- Duplicate the front of the house and add that to one side. This will be the back.
- Notice the little white notches. Those are fold indicators for after it is cut out.
House with back side added
- That is the basic house.
- Add tabs to all areas that will need to be glued together.
- View of house with all added tabs for glueing.
- Here I have highlighted all the glue tabs in pink. These will fold back and give a glue surface. (Pink is only for this demonstration.)
- This view shows all the shapes I used outlined in pink. The pink is only for this picture so you can see how I built up this house from basic shapes.
- Have them all black for your project.
- The large rectangle off to the right will be an added roof.
- Export the file from your drawing program as a pdf file.
- Open the pdf file in the Silhouette Studio software. You must open the Silhouette software and then open the pdf from within the program.
- Click on the Trace icon and select the area to be traced.
- Change the trace settings to turnoff the high Pass Filter.
- My settings were set as shown above.
- Trace the design.
- Delete the original and your cut file will look like this.
- Set the cut settings for the thickness of your specific card stock and cut the design,
- Once the cut is complete, remove it from the backing.
- I used the Martha Stewart Folding tray to help mark all fold lines. This tool is invaluable in make clean, crisp folds.
- Fold the house on all fold seams.
- Using either glue dots or a quick drying paper glue, glue the tabs in place to hold the house in a 3-d form.
- I add a second roof to all houses because I like the appearance of the overhangs.
- That completes one house. I designed three different types as pictured in the original blog here.
A country cottage
A two story town house
A Greek Revival house
- Now move onto the accessories.
- The trees are two pine tree silhouettes cut out and sewed together.
- I made a picket fence file from a series of long rectangles directly in the Silhouette Software.
- I sketched simple clothing outlines and cut those with the silhoutte.
- They were doubled and connected at the shoulders to fold over the line and glued in place.
- I threaded the clothes line into the side of a house and taped it in place on the back side.
- I also threaded it through the tree and knotted the other end in place.
- Using Blue tack adhesive, I stuck the various parts of the village to the wall.
- With the end result being a Ledge Village!
I designed this village for the ironing board ledge in my laundry room but it would look wonderful on any number of ledges, like over a door or window frame, on top of a picture frame, or on a narrow picture ledge. Be creative. Make a village and send me photographs!
Previous Posts of Interest:
- Little Houses in my Laundry Room
- Valentine Heart Tree Tutorial - a Silhouette Project
- Winter Centerpiece - Birch and Pinecones - a Silhouette Project
- Silhouette - Lacy Trees
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