Tea Light Village • Barn

2015 Note:
I have continued to expand Tea Light Village and made the files available at my sister site. Visit 3dcuts.com for mote information about additional Tea Light Village Files. I have 9 buildings available now!

Project Description: 

Tea Light Village is a series of tiny buildings designed specifically to fit over small LED Tea Lights so readily available these days.  The lights provide a warm glow which brings life to the village display.

Warning: Only use LED Tea Lights. DO NOT use regular candle tea lights.

This specific tutorial is for the Barn.  The barn is in the same file as the cottage. A tutorial for the cottage is here and for the tree ( also included) is here.

Files can be purchased as a group at 3dcuts.com here for savings.

Files in the Tea Light Village series include with links to the cutting file at Silhouette:
There are 4 tutorials

Tea Light Barn Tutorial

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:

  • Templates from Silhouette On-Line Store (Links above).
  • Glue dots 3/16"
  • Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
  • Card Stock 
  • Wax paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Steps for completing the Barn:

1. Download the cutting file for your Silhouette Cutting machine from the Silhouette Online Store here (Links to all three cutting files above).

2. Prepare the files:
  • The downloaded Silhouette file for the barn looks like this.  The barn portion fits on 8.5 x 11" paper and can be cut on either a Portrait or Cameo Silhouette. You must separate it from the cottage.

  • Copy the shapes for the barn and paste them into a new file if you want to cut it from smaller card stock. Here are the two shapes needed for the barn.

3. Cut the files
  • The cut 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.

4. Add wax paper scraps to the inside of all the windows. This will allow the candle light to have a more natural glow.
  • I cut rectangles of wax paper to fit the windows on each side.
  • Use regular paper glue to hold these in place.

5. Assemble the Barn

  • Fold in all the fold lines (dotted) on the barn. They all fold in toward the wax paper side.

  • Glue the two sidewalls of the barn together. Be sure to line up the bottoms.

  • Glue the roof to the roof tabs.
  • Glue the side closest to the fold first and then add glue dots to each section and stick in place.

  • Fold the roof.
  • Glue the roof cover in place on section at a time. This gives the building overhangs.

  • Directions for making the trees are here. Directions for the cottage are here.
  • Finish them and add them to the village.

© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design


  1. Hi Marji!
    I'm a volunteer for the Palmer Museum of History and Art in Palmer, Alaska, and I'd love to use your instructions for an educational kit for teachers. The Matanuska Valley Colony in the 1930s brought families to Alaska to farm, and they built very similar barns and houses to the paper templates you've designed: we'd love to adapt your designs and use your instructions as part of a teacher kit. If this sounds okay, please reply!

    1. Emily, I need a little more information. Is this a teacher kit for sale or available for use for free in a school district? Also have you been to my new tutorials here. http://3dcuts.com/tutorial-tea-light-village-basic-building - Tea light village has been expanding since this post.