It is officially fall! And while everyone is getting hyped for pumpkin-spiced drinks and cozy sweaters, I am stoked for some fall crafting. Well…to be fair, I’m excited about those other things as well…but I can be excited about more than one thing, right? To kick off the autumn season, let’s make a super cute, 3D barn together!
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Fall is harvest season, and what is more iconic to the harvest than a picturesque red barn? And, not only is this barn cute, but it’s also functional. Complete with a detachable roof, horse stalls, and even sliding barn doors!
- Hot Glue
- Foam Tape (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D barn pieces.
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 them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Prepping the Barn Pieces
2. Layer all of your door and shutter pieces together. Attach the vellum window pieces to the inside, and the shutters and windowpanes to the outside of their corresponding openings. Use foam tape on the little doors and shutters if you want to give them more dimension.
Assembling the Sliding Doors
Note: This step is optional. If you just want to use this piece decoratively, or if this is just too much hassle, you can just attach the doors next to the opening.
3. Take the four little rectangle pieces and fold them along the score lines: creating three sections in a ‘U’ shape. Then, glue two of the pieces together, connecting them at the middle section. Repeat with the other two.
Next, attach one side to the back of a door, near the top. Repeat with the other door.
Once those are in place, slide them into the slit within the skinny red strip.
Finally, attach the red strip to the front barn piece, just above the doorway, using the tabs provided.
Assembling the Base
4. Fold the base piece along the score lines. Assemble using glue and the tabs provided.
Fold each of the stall pieces along the score lines. Insert the bottom tabs into the corresponding slits in the base, and attach like so.
Assembling the Main Structure
5. Next, start building up your barn structure, starting with the sidewalls. Slip the tabs into the corresponding slits, and glue the stalls to the inside of each wall.
Next, attach your front and back walls in the same manner.
6. Gather the roof pieces. Start by attaching the white pieces together and folding along the score lines.
Next, assemble the little top section and insert it into the hole in the roof. Before attaching the little silver roof piece, insert the weather vane into the middle. Then, attach it to the little top section.
Fold the other white strips along the score lines. Attach them to the inside of the roof like so, leaving room for the roof to overhang on each side.
7. Next, attach your silver roof pieces and set your roof on top of the barn.
Assemble the little bales of hay by folding along the score lines and attaching the tabs to the inside.
Attach your grass and corn stalks to the base.
I added the chicken in the window as an afterthought. When I was looking at it all put together I just felt like it was missing something. Now, it finally feels complete!
I intended to use my debossing tool to make the silver roof look like corrugated metal. The only problem is that it turns out that I don’t own a debossing tool (face palm). So I ended up just using my double scoring wheel. The effect isn’t perfect, but I think it still looks cute.
If you have some little horse figurines or other farm animals laying around, then this barn is all ready to be their new home. If not, be sure to stay tuned! I will be sharing some fun little animals to go along with this craft really soon.
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 fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting this 3D barn together. And don’t forget to share your super cute, finished product with me on Instagram!
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