Ledge Village Fire House Silhouette Tutorial

Project Description: 
The Ledge Village is series of 3D buildings and accessories that can be combined in a mix and match fashion to build tiny villages on small ledges around your home. The buildings are thin, with all detail on the front so they fit on small trim ledges. This tutorial is for the fire house to help expand the Ledge Village town center. It is sized to work on both Cameo and Portrait cutting machines.

Other files in the series include:
And there are more to come!

Here are views of my growing ledge village......

Fire House Tutorial

I am a new Silhouette Contributing Artist (getting less so with each new edition!). Both my Silhouette files and this website are the beginning. Send along any suggestions, problems, ideas or photos as we learn to create together. I'd love to hear from you!  Marji Roy 
eMail: ashbeedesignemail@gmail.com
Tutorial assembled using Silhouette Software Release 2.7.18. This tutorial assumes you already know how to use the Silhouette and Silhouette software.

Supplies Needed:

  • Template from Silhouette On-Line Store here.
  • Glue dots 3/16"
  • Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
  • Card Stock 

Steps for completing the Fire House:

1. Download the cutting file for your Silhouette Cutting machine from the Silhouette Online Store here.

2. Prepare the files:
  • The downloaded Silhouette file for the fire house looks like this.  It fits on the 8.5 x 11" paper so will work on both Cameo and Portrait cutting machines without resizing.

3. Cut the files.
  • The settings will depend on the paper you use. I have been using white index card stock and cutting at a speed of 3, a depth of 33 and the blade set to 3.
  • Carefully remove the cut files from the backing mat.
  • Here are the parts for this project. 

4. Fold the Station front.
  • Note each cut file has dotted lines. These are fold lines. 
  • Fold all the dotted lines inward except the front inset going back to the tower door. That folds in the opposite direction.

6. Glue the station front together.
  • I like to use Glue Dots on the edges although other glue types are appropriate. 
  • It is important to make square corners. 
  • You start this building by positioning the floor. Start at the large door end and using glue dots, glue the tab so as to create the square corner.

  • Next position the floor in the corner that steps back from the double doors to the single tower door. This is where you'll see how one of the folds needs to go in the opposite direction.
  • Glue that in place along with the tabs next to the double door.

  • Finish the last corner for attaching the floor base.

  • Next glue up the long side seam, attaching the back to the side.  Keep things square.

  • Glue the peak of the tower together.......

  • And then glue the peak under-roof to the back.

  • Add glue dots to the tab on the roof and glue that behind the front wall.

  • The decorative cornice just gets glued to the front.

  • The roof cover is longer on one side than the other.  The long side goes to the outside of the building and the short side goes in toward the center.
  • Glue the roof cover in place with the over-hang all on the front.

  • Done!

Add a tree or some fencing from some of the other files down-loaded for Ledge Village.

Place on the ledge with other buildings from Ledge Village.
  • I use Blu Tak or a similar product to attach to the walls with a material that doesn't damage the wall and is easy to re-position.

© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design


  1. I am really enjoying your 3-D village. On one of the buildings, I experimented and with my Cameo, resized a brick pattern I had and made the store all brick. It gave it a whole new look. Keep up the great work. Pretty soon, we'll have a metropolis instead of a village!

    1. Love to see a photo! I have chosen to do my village all white but I know there are many variations that would look great. That is the beauty of being a DIYer - modify!

  2. I have started a new page sharing variations create by others. Check it out - click on the Sharing link in the top navigation bar above.

  3. Hi Marji,
    I fell in love with your 3D village when I saw one of the houses, it was "greek revival house". You have made them easy to assemble and also the basic white you have a samples, is the best way to see it. Thank you so much for your fab creative mind. Fire house is now on my table and can't wait the next one!

    Best wishes from Leeds, UK

    1. Thanks for writing. I am glad you are enjoying them. More coming!!!

  4. Hi Marji, because of your village I bought a Cameo machine and here I am folding cardboard with my daughter. WE LOVE all your 3D!!!

    1. Thanks Michael. Have you been to my sister site 3dcuts.com? I migrated my paper projects to that site and you will find more things there. Happy crafting. Marji

  5. Hello, I love your work! Will you make all of these files available on 3dcuts.com? For example, I love the ski lodge and the bench. I have a Cricut, so use svg files. Many thanks!

    1. Thanks for the inquiry! Unfortunately I am having a difficult time locating the online cricut market. Very few people have purchased the Ledge Village in svg format. Until I get better established in the market I won’t be re-doing old designs. Hopefully this changes. If you feel like it and belong to any Facebook circuit groups, it helps when others put up photos of the projects with links to 3dcuts. That seems to be the most helpful, but I am not allowed to do it. Very frustrating getting my designs recognized.