Tea Light Village - Grange Meeting Hall Tutorial
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.
This tutorial is for the Grange Meeting Hall which was added to the collection in 2016.
Warning: Only use LED Tea Lights. DO NOT use regular candle tea lights.
- Cutting Files - Available here.
- Glue dots 3/16"
- ScorTape 1/8" and 1/4"
- Card Stock
- Wax paper - Tracing paper works as well.
Steps for completing the Meeting Hall:
1. Download the cutting files for your cutting machine from the 3dcuts.com store here.
2. Load the files into your cutting software following the steps for your cutting machine.
3. Prepare the files:.
- For the Silhouette: The SVG files from this site will need to be turned into cutting files. Click here for detailed steps on how to use SVG files on your Silhouette. http://www.3dcuts.com/tutorial-upload-svg-silhouette
- For Cricut Explore: Here is a guide for importing into Cricut Design Space. http://www.3dcuts.com/tutorial-adding-3dcuts-files-to-cricut
4. Cut the files.
- All pieces are cut from card stock.
5. Fold on all dotted lines.
- Every dotted line on this file is a fold line and they all get crisply folded in the same direction.
6. Cover all windows from the inside with wax paper or vellum.
- I cut the wax paper into strips and then into squares to fit over the windows.
- I apply a coating of a good paper adhesive like Zig Two Way glue around the window and then glue the wax paper inside each window.
- This helps mute the light from the LED tea light.
7. Apply Scor-Tape to all tabs. Leave the backing on.
- I used 1/4" Scor-tape on the larger, wider tabs o the main building.
- The Scor-Tape gets applied to the outside.
8. Assemble the building
- For easiest assembly, peel each backing as directed.
- Start by peeling the backing from the strip by the joint of the roof and the eaves.
- Peel that and then work carefully to align edges, stick the roof to the side wall.
- Then peel the other half of the same side wall and adhere the roof to it.
- Repeat on the other end wall and then also peel and stick the side seam completing the basic building shape.
9. Construct the entry way.
- Fold on all dotted lines if you already haven't.
- Apple Scor-Tape to all tabs. I used 1/8' Scor-Tape here.
- Peel the backing off the Scor-Tape for the peace of the roof of the entry and adhere that together.
- The entry gets placed in the hole on the front of the building. The tabs go behind the walls and the entry sticks out in front.
- You might want to position it with the Scor-Tape backing still on so you understand how it fits. Then remove it again.
- Peel the backing from the remaining 4 tabs on the entry, slide it back into place watch edges to make sure everything line ups and press the side tabs into place.
- The basic building is together.
10. Add the roof.
- Apply 2 strips of Scor-Tape to the underside of the roof piece. place them in 1/4" on all sides.
- Position it over the roof ridge and adhere it to the roof top.
- Apply adhesive to the entry roof and adhere that in place.
- The dormer house is complete. Make a few trees to add to the display.
11. Make the Trees.
- The file comes with the pine tree in two different sizes. You must cut 2 of each size. This is a detailed cut and requires a good blade and mat. I especially like to use the Premium blade on this type of cut.
- Fold each half on the the 2 dotted lines in the center. They are close together so this will take some care.
- Add a strip of 1/8" Scor-Tape down the outside of the tree between the two fold lines.
- Press the two spines together, being careful to make bottoms align, making a 3-D tree.
- Make a second set in a different size.
- Now make the other new buildings for tea light village and put them all together with LED tea lights to provide a warm glow.