Christmas Village Post Office – 3D Cut Files

Last I heard, Santa is making his list and checking it twice! And, with Christmas in their sights, I think the kiddos are starting to make some lists of their own. Luckily, everyone at the Christmas village post office is hard at work to ensure that all of their important letters and wishlists make it to the Noth Pole on time.

Christmas Village Post Office

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If you’ve been around for a while, then you know how much I enjoy creating 3D Christmas village papercrafts each year. With each new addition, I really try to make the building unique. With my recent train station, I incorporated a rotating table element so that the train could go around through the tunnels and around the building. So, for my Christmas village post office, I decided that it would be fun to work in another rotating element.

This whimsical post office is positively brimming with letters and packages. When the postal employees are hard at work, you’ll even see the letters ascend on a spiraling track before they are sent on their way!

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Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.

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Christmas Village Post Office

Materials

Instructions

  • Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of your Christmas village post office 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.

Layering the Decorative Pieces

  • Start by layering the decorative pieces of the building together. Glue the vellum window pieces to the inside and the rest of the decorative pieces to the outside, like so.
    On the smaller wall, with one window, you may glue the clear, Dura-Lar film piece to the inside. But don’t glue the larger clear film piece to the front wall just yet.

Assembling the Walls

  • Fold the left section of the building along the score lines. Then take one of the two grey pieces that has a hole in it and attach it to the top. Be sure to align the curved edge to the front and attach the small tabs to the inside.
    Once that is in place, you can glue your larger Dura-Lar film piece to the inside of the curved wall.
    Note: The second grey piece that has a hole in it is intended to go on the inside of this section as well (near the bottom). I attached it at this time, but I actually recommend holding off on attaching this piece until later on.
    Take your larger building piece and fold along the score lines. Use the long tabs to attach the left building section to the left wall of your larger building section.

Assembling the Letter Spiral

  • Gather the rings of your letter spiral. On each one, fold the tiny tabs on the inside downward.
    Next, take the straight edge of one of your spirals and glue it on top of the triangular tab of one of your other spirals. The pieces should overlap and line up perfectly.
    Once your spirals are all connected, you should be able to stretch them out a little bit and it will look like the spiral fries on a stick that you get at the county fair…or an apple that you’ve cut with one of those cool “spiralizers.”
    Next, take your little rectangular walls, and carefully slide the bottom and top tabs of each one into the slits along the spiral. You will need to slide two tabs into most of the slits, so don’t glue anything down until they are all in place.
    Take your long rectangular piece and roll it tightly, lengthwise, but don’t glue it just yet.
    With that rolled up tight, add some glue to the tiny tabs in the center of the spiral and slip the rolled-up paper inside.
    Once it is all the way through, release the tension and let the tube fill up the space. Fold down the little tabs at the ends and attach the two little circles to each end.
    Note: I realize that this step is somewhat complicated and probably doesn’t come across perfectly through words and photos. So, if you are finding it too frustrating, I totally understand! This project would still look really cute if you were to just hang some strings with letters attached in the window.
  • With the spiral piece assembled, it’s time to decorate your letters and add them to the shelf. I used hot glue (and patience) in order to arrange my letters and get them to stand upright along the shelves.
    I had a few letters left over, so I also added a string of letters in the side window, just for fun.

Assembling the Roof

  • There are two roof sections, one for each part of the building. Start by layering on the decorative pieces of both roof sections as shown in the first photo.
    For the Larger Roof:
    Fold along the score lines. Attach the unadorned, brown rectangle to one of the longer sides using the tab provided. Then, attach each of the sides together, gluing the tabs to the inside. Fold the bottom portion in and attach it so that the whole thing is a solid box.
    For the Smaller Roof:
    Start by assembling the small brown box piece. Then, slip the little tabs on the bottom of the little box into the slits in the center of the roof and glue them to the inside.
    Similar to the larger roof, attach each of the sides together, gluing the tabs to the inside. Fold the bottom portion in and attach it so that the whole thing is a solid box.

Putting the Letter Spiral in Place

  • Take your lollipop stick and push it through each of the holes in the smaller roof (this may take some maneuvering).
    Next, glue the roof to the top of the smaller section of the building and slip the lollipop stick through that hole as well.
    Take the completed letter spiral and continue to push the lollipop stick through the holes at both ends.
    Before you go any further, make sure that your lollipop stick is pushed through far enough to reach the base, and add a generous amount of hot glue around the stick and the bottom portion of the letter spiral. Be sure to let it dry completely and test it out to ensure that the whole thing spins when you turn the stick at the top.
    Now you can add the second grey piece that has a hole in it to the interior of your room—slipping the lollipop stick through the hole and making sure that the bottom of the letter spiral has some clearance.
    Add the larger white circle piece to the underside and add some more hot glue around the lollipop stick in order to keep everything where you want it. (Once again, be sure that the glue dries completely before you flip your project over.) I also added a larger bead on the top of the lollipop stick for decoration and to make the turning mechanism blend in a little more.

Finishing Steps

  • Once your letter spiral is locked in place, you can attach the back wall.
    Note: I included a rectangular piece intended to act as “wallpaper” for the interior of the back wall (in the smaller section of the building). That piece is pink in the design. I used a pretty patterned piece of paper to line that section of the wall. Honestly, though, the letter spiral takes up so much space that you can hardly see it in the finished design. So, don’t worry about that if you don’t want to.
    Once the back wall is in place, you can glue the larger roof piece on top of your building.
  • Next, assemble the base by folding the sides inward and attaching the tabs.
    Carefully slip the bottom tabs of the building into place in the base and attach them with hot glue.
  • There are two pieces that make up the stairs (and yours will look different from mine…I figured out that it would be easier to simply connect the railing to the side portion of the stairs instead of making it a separate piece).
    Start by taking your long rectangular piece and folding it along the score lines—accordion-style, with the left and right sides both descending from the center.
    Next, glue your side stair piece (with its new and improved, attached railing) to the tabs on one side of the stairs.
    Slip the middle two tabs of the stair side piece into the base (the outer two tabs are just meant to slip underneath the bottom steps and hold the staircase together a little better). Glue the middle two tabs to the underside of the base and attach the tabs on the opposite side of the staircase to the front of the building.
  • Assemble the little postbox by, first, folding along the score lines. Fold the little mailslot section inward and then upward. Attach one of the little tabs to the inside.
    Then, wrap the other side around and glue the tabs to the opposite side and around the curved top.
    Finish by attaching the bottom.
  •  Finish layering the rest of the decorative elements together, like so.
    For the trees, fold one of the tree pieces in half, lengthwise. Add some glue to the outside of the folded edge of your tree piece and attach it to the center of its matching pair.
    For the brown and white sign, glue the two sign pieces together, back-to-back. Slip the little end tabs on the sign pole into the slit in the brown circle piece. Glue the tabs down.

Notes

When assembled, this project stands at about 8" tall, 9" wide, and 4.75" deep.

View the full-size tutorial photos below.

Supplies

How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of your Christmas village post office 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.

 

Layering the Decorative Pieces

2. Start by layering the decorative pieces of the building together. Glue the vellum window pieces to the inside and the rest of the decorative pieces to the outside, like so.

On the smaller wall, with one window, you may glue the clear, Dura-Lar film piece to the inside. But don’t glue the larger clear film piece to the front wall just yet.

 

Assembling the Walls

3. Fold the left section of the building along the score lines. Then take one of the two grey pieces that has a hole in it and attach it to the top. Be sure to align the curved edge to the front and attach the small tabs to the inside.

Once that is in place, you can glue your larger Dura-Lar film piece to the inside of the curved wall.

Note: The second grey piece that has a hole in it is intended to go on the inside of this section as well (near the bottom). I attached it at this time, but I actually recommend holding off on attaching this piece until later on.

Take your larger building piece and fold along the score lines. Use the long tabs to attach the left building section to the left wall of your larger building section.

 

Assembling the Letter Spiral

4. Gather the rings of your letter spiral. On each one, fold the tiny tabs on the inside downward.

Next, take the straight edge of one of your spirals and glue it on top of the triangular tab of one of your other spirals. The pieces should overlap and line up perfectly.

Once your spirals are all connected, you should be able to stretch them out a little bit and it will look like the spiral fries on a stick that you get at the county fair…or an apple that you’ve cut with one of those cool “spiralizers.”

Next, take your little rectangular walls, and carefully slide the bottom and top tabs of each one into the slits along the spiral. You will need to slide two tabs into most of the slits, so don’t glue anything down until they are all in place.

Take your long rectangular piece and roll it tightly, lengthwise, but don’t glue it just yet.

With that rolled up tight, add some glue to the tiny tabs in the center of the spiral and slip the rolled-up paper inside.

Once it is all the way through, release the tension and let the tube fill up the space. Fold down the little tabs at the ends and attach the two little circles to each end.

Note: I realize that this step is somewhat complicated and probably doesn’t come across perfectly through words and photos. So, if you are finding it too frustrating, I totally understand! This project would still look really cute if you were to just hang some strings with letters attached in the window.

5. With the spiral piece assembled, it’s time to decorate your letters and add them to the shelf. I used hot glue (and patience) in order to arrange my letters and get them to stand upright along the shelves.

I had a few letters left over, so I also added a string of letters in the side window, just for fun.

 

Assembling the Roof

6. There are two roof sections, one for each part of the building. Start by layering on the decorative pieces of both roof sections as shown in the first photo.

For the Larger Roof:

Fold along the score lines. Attach the unadorned, brown rectangle to one of the longer sides using the tab provided. Then, attach each of the sides together, gluing the tabs to the inside. Fold the bottom portion in and attach it so that the whole thing is a solid box.

For the Smaller Roof:

Start by assembling the small brown box piece. Then, slip the little tabs on the bottom of the little box into the slits in the center of the roof and glue them to the inside.

Similar to the larger roof, attach each of the sides together, gluing the tabs to the inside. Fold the bottom portion in and attach it so that the whole thing is a solid box.

 

Putting the Letter Spiral in Place

7. Take your lollipop stick and push it through each of the holes in the smaller roof (this may take some maneuvering).

Next, glue the roof to the top of the smaller section of the building and slip the lollipop stick through that hole as well.

Take the completed letter spiral and continue to push the lollipop stick through the holes at both ends.

Before you go any further, make sure that your lollipop stick is pushed through far enough to reach the base, and add a generous amount of hot glue around the stick and the bottom portion of the letter spiral. Be sure to let it dry completely and test it out to ensure that the whole thing spins when you turn the stick at the top.

Now you can add the second grey piece that has a hole in it to the interior of your room—slipping the lollipop stick through the hole and making sure that the bottom of the letter spiral has some clearance.

Add the larger white circle piece to the underside and add some more hot glue around the lollipop stick in order to keep everything where you want it. (Once again, be sure that the glue dries completely before you flip your project over.) I also added a larger bead on the top of the lollipop stick for decoration and to make the turning mechanism blend in a little more.

 

Finishing Steps

8. Once your letter spiral is locked in place, you can attach the back wall.

Note: I included a rectangular piece intended to act as “wallpaper” for the interior of the back wall (in the smaller section of the building). That piece is pink in the design. I used a pretty patterned piece of paper to line that section of the wall. Honestly, though, the letter spiral takes up so much space that you can hardly see it in the finished design. So, don’t worry about that if you don’t want to.

Once the back wall is in place, you can glue the larger roof piece on top of your building.

9. Next, assemble the base by folding the sides inward and attaching the tabs.

Carefully slip the bottom tabs of the building into place in the base and attach them with hot glue.

10. There are two pieces that make up the stairs (and yours will look different from mine…I figured out that it would be easier to simply connect the railing to the side portion of the stairs instead of making it a separate piece).

Start by taking your long rectangular piece and folding it along the score lines—accordion-style, with the left and right sides both descending from the center.

Next, glue your side stair piece (with its new and improved, attached railing) to the tabs on one side of the stairs.

Slip the middle two tabs of the stair side piece into the base (the outer two tabs are just meant to slip underneath the bottom steps and hold the staircase together a little better). Glue the middle two tabs to the underside of the base and attach the tabs on the opposite side of the staircase to the front of the building.

11. Assemble the little postbox by, first, folding along the score lines. Fold the little mailslot section inward and then upward. Attach one of the little tabs to the inside.

Then, wrap the other side around and glue the tabs to the opposite side and around the curved top.

Finish by attaching the bottom.

12. Finish layering the rest of the decorative elements together, like so.

For the trees, fold one of the tree pieces in half, lengthwise. Add some glue to the outside of the folded edge of your tree piece and attach it to the center of its matching pair.

For the brown and white sign, glue the two sign pieces together, back-to-back. Slip the little end tabs on the sign pole into the slit in the brown circle piece. Glue the tabs down.

Arrange everything around your post office, and your letters are sure to be off to the North Pole in no time!

Christmas Village Post Office

Isn’t it a beauty!? I was skeptical about the moving components of this piece, but I’m really glad that I persisted. I think the whole thing turned out quite magical, and that this project makes a great addition to my Christmas village design set.

In case you didn’t know, this Post Office is a part of my ever-growing set of Christmas villiage papercrafts! A set that now consists of:

Obviously, you needn’t make every building in this set (at least not this year) but it’s always exciting to see these buildings come together as a part of your Christmas displays! It never ceases to bring me joy.

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I use Adobe Illustrator for all 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 making this Christmas Village post office for yourself! And, as always, be sure to share your finished results with me on Instagram.

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19 Comments

19 Comments on Christmas Village Post Office – 3D Cut Files

  1. Gail
    November 16, 2023 at 7:13 am (5 months ago)

    OMG Thank you so much for your time and energy to create these files. I just love this one it will go very nicely with my village. You are so generous.
    Again thank you

    Reply
    • Mandee
      November 16, 2023 at 2:33 pm (5 months ago)

      Aww, you are very welcome Gail! These designs are a labor of love. 💕

      Reply
  2. Diane R.
    November 17, 2023 at 1:55 am (5 months ago)

    5 stars
    Hi Mandee, you’re right, some of the instructions are a little hard to follow, but when you see the pieces, it is a little easier. Thank you for the lovely post office and tutorial.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      November 17, 2023 at 10:49 am (5 months ago)

      I know—it’s so hard to describe some of the pieces and the steps! But it’s a good thing that you crafters are so smart and good at puzzles!! 😊

      Reply
  3. Helen J Roberts
    November 17, 2023 at 7:42 am (5 months ago)

    The details on this post office are amazing. You have done it again, Mandy. I am looking forward to creating my Christmas Village scene this year but don’t know if I can get it done. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent and vision on all of your crafts.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      November 17, 2023 at 10:51 am (5 months ago)

      Thank you Helen! I’m so glad you like it!! Don’t feel too much pressure to get it all done at once. Just have fun doing as much as you have time for and enjoy the journey. ☺️

      Reply
  4. Michele
    November 21, 2023 at 3:42 pm (5 months ago)

    5 stars
    Wow, what a fantastic design! I’ve always lived near post offices with Christmas names (Bethlehem, CT and Christmas, FL) and love mailing my holiday cards from them. Your Christmas Village Post Office is so much fun and I look forward to making it some day soon! Thank you!!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      November 27, 2023 at 10:35 pm (5 months ago)

      Really? That is super cool, and perfect for sending holiday cards! You could be in a Hallmark movie. 😄

      Reply
  5. auntie em
    November 22, 2023 at 4:33 am (5 months ago)

    This is just fascinating! And definitely not for the faint of heart. The details like the little mailbox and the decorations are so beautiful but then the whirling mail sorter. Just incredible!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      November 27, 2023 at 10:36 pm (5 months ago)

      It’s definitely a more challenging piece, but well worth the effort (in my opinion)! I’m so glad you appreciate all the little details. ☺️

      Reply
  6. Linda
    November 24, 2023 at 2:41 am (5 months ago)

    5 stars
    Your work is amazing. You are so talented. Thank you for all the freebees. They are much appreciated.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      November 27, 2023 at 10:37 pm (5 months ago)

      You are most welcome Linda! Thank you for your kind comment. 💕

      Reply
  7. Hillary
    December 2, 2023 at 4:09 am (5 months ago)

    So for the spiral when it said not to glue, I was confused how to keep the tabs in. Happened to have paper clips handy and used those.made it a lot easier 😊

    Reply
    • Mandee
      December 11, 2023 at 12:21 pm (4 months ago)

      Ooo, paperclips are a good idea! My paper was snug enough that it held in place pretty well, even before gluing, but that’s a great tip if the tabs are sliding out!

      Reply
  8. Short Straw
    December 6, 2023 at 11:28 pm (4 months ago)

    Link no longer seems to work?

    Reply
    • Mandee
      December 11, 2023 at 12:24 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi there! I recently updated the file, so the link may have stopped working for a short period of time, but you should be able to access it now. 🙂

      Reply
  9. Denise S.
    December 10, 2023 at 4:57 pm (4 months ago)

    Another home run, Miss Mandee!!! I scoured the internet trying to find an appropriate pattern for my roof, but I didn’t have any luck. Do you remember the name of the embossing folder that you used for the roof for this project?

    Reply
    • Mandee
      December 11, 2023 at 12:28 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you so much, Denise! I believe I bought that embossing folder on Temu.

      Reply
  10. Candi
    January 3, 2024 at 10:33 am (4 months ago)

    5 stars
    This is just beautiful. You are so talented.

    Reply

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