It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—soon the bells will start! Today I am thrilled to be expanding my own little Christmas village with a design that is sure to get those holiday bells ringing. If you like the toy store I shared last week, then you’re going to love my newest addition—a Christmas village church!
A beautiful church building is always a centerpiece to any Christmas village, so, when considering which structure to go with next, it just made sense. Plus, I couldn’t wait to try my hand at making a cool steeple!
The bell was almost an afterthought when I was sketching my ideas, but I’m so glad I went with it!
Like my toy store, this Christmas village church design came with it’s own array of challenges! Luckily, I was able to remember just enough trigonometry to be able to figure out how to match up the pitches of the various roof levels with their accessories (who knew I would actually need higher level math in my career? Mrs. Berger would be proud).
- Vellum (optional)
- Hot Glue
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- Metalic Marker (optional)
- Foam Tape (optional)
- My Free Template
How to Make
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces of the church.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the numerous score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re not using the SVG file that includes score lines, you can use the PDF version as a reference to know where your folds need to go.
2. Fold and glue your two base pieces. Attach the stone details to the smaller base and the snow drifts to the larger one. DO NOT attach the base section together yet.
3. If you are lining your windows with vellum, adhere those pieces on the backside of your front and side sections.
4. Glue your window, snow, and other structural details onto your walls and roof. Fold and attach your “pop-out” door section to the front. I used a gold paint marker to add details to the door.
5. Add the small roof, garland, and bow to your “pop-out” section.
6. Fold the side wall tabs, and attach to your front piece.
7. Assemble your three steeple sections like so.
8. Create your 3D bell by folding all four pieces in half. Then, use hot glue to stick each of the folded edges together. Once the glue has dried, bend your bell into shape. Use a nice dab of hot glue in the top, center notch and attach it to the post. Glue the post into the top steeple piece.
9. Slide your base steeple section into place and glue the tabs to the inside of the roof.
10. Attach the back of your church.
11. Next, glue your roof piece to the top of the building. Then, carefully attach each of the other steeple pieces, as shown. Then adhere the white roof accents to the front and back overhangs.
Note: Full disclosure—I accidentally attached my steeple before my roof (whoops!). If you happen to do the same, it’s no big deal. I just cut the small, folded section at the front apex and slipped it around the base of the steeple—easy peasy!
12. Slip the tabs on the bottom of the building into the previously assembled smaller base (making sure that it’s lined up so that the side with extra space is aligned with the front of the building). Fold and glue. Then, repeat with the bottom base.
13. Fold your stairs accordion style and attach them so that the staircase narrows as it approaches the door.
14. Finally, assemble your fun embellishment pieces!
Make the trees similarly to the way you did the bell. With two of the same size, fold one in half. Then line the folded edge with hot glue and attach it to the center of an unfolded tree of the same size.
For the carolers, attach the face, book, and hat accessories like so. I also used a paint marker and black pen to add in some extra fun details like fluffy white fringe, a scarf, and singing mouths.
Use hot glue, command tape, or a combination of the two to attach your trees and carolers and give the overall piece even more depth!
The carolers were even more of an afterthought than the bell, but they wound up being what brings this whole design together, in my opinion. So cute!
P.S. I’ve included an opening in the back wall so that you can place an electric tea-light or two inside if you want to see it lit up.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other awesome Christmas freebies available on my blog!
I hope you’re enjoying these unique and more complex designs I’ve been sharing for Christmas! Have fun adding this Christmas village church to your totally awesome, 3D collection!
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