Tea Light Village • Pine Tree Tutorial

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 assembly of the pines trees. Cutting files for these trees are part of every file. I have designed these differently than others trees because they are so tiny.

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

There are 4 tutorials for the series:

Tea Light Tree 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). Note there are tree files included with each building file. It is not a separate file.
  • Glue dots 3/16"
  • Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
  • Card Stock 

Steps for assembling the Tree:

1. Download the cutting file. The trees are part of each building file. You can copy them and paste them into other files to cut additional trees.  They are also easy to resize.

2. 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.
  • It is important to have a good quality blade and mat when cutting detailed files like the trees.
  • Carefully remove the cut files from the backing mat.
  • You must cut two trees to assemble them to make one finished 3D tree.

3. Fold each tree on both fold lines ( dotted lines) that run down the center of each half.
  • I cut rectangles of wax paper to fit the windows on each side.
  • Use regular paper glue to hold these in place.

  • Place glue tabs along the outside of the folded center on one of the two halves.  You can cut the 3/16" glue dots in half for this project.
  • Place 4-5 along the center seam.

  • Press the two halves together along the center trunk,
  • Be careful to line up the bottoms.

  • Cut them a variety of sizes and position them in the Tea Light Village.

© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design


  1. I have just purchesed the 3d village church all the pieces are overlapping
    how do i separate them

  2. click on a red line to select the piece, right click and select 'ungroup' from the pop up menu. You may need to re-select all the pieces that need to stay together and right-click and select 'group' from the pop up menu.

  3. is this a project that will last from year to year, or is this something that I will need to recreate each year? Just wondering how they store from year to year.

    1. Alison, Good Question. I made my initial village 2 years ago, packed in a 3" high amazon box, took it out last year, made a few more houses, packed it away again, and took it out this year. It has done just fine, but I don't stack heavy things on top of it. The biggest challenge I find is that certain glues don't hold over time. I have found ScoreTape to be the best for my 3d applications. It seems to last the longest.

  4. thanks!!! :) can't wait to make them!