Make Your Own Holiday Village!

Welcome To A Cottage in the Forest. On this website my goal is to give you everything you need to make your own Halloween or Holiday Village using whatever materials are at your disposal. You can make your cottages out of cardboard, cardstock, recycled aluminum cans, or even recycled frozen food boxes!

This site offers unique free patterns, as well as more advanced patterns available for purchase. You will also find reviews, links and sizing guides to patterns offered by other sources. We will explore various ways to add snow and windows. I also offer accessories like trees, fences, animals and mailboxes that will make your village come to life. 

For anyone who doesn’t want to make their own cottages, I also offer a limited number of buildings that I have made out of my personal favorite material, recycled aluminum cans.

Newest Tutorials

Make Your Own Garden Swings

When I designed my Rose Cottage pattern several months ago, I knew I wanted to decorate it with climbing roses. At the time, I only had a few rose bushes, but I found a package of rose vines on Amazon. Even though they say HO Scale, I actually think they are perfect for the S Scale I use to make my village. The package comes with 6 rose vines, 3 red and 3 pink. I used one of them to climb up the side of the building on the trellis from my Greenhouse Accessories. I got the idea from Donna Camacho's version of Rose Cottage. I hadn't even remembered that...

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Make Your Own Rose Arbor

When I designed my Rose Cottage pattern several months ago, I knew I wanted to decorate it with climbing roses. At the time, I only had a few rose bushes, but I found a package of rose vines on Amazon. Even though they say HO Scale, I actually think they are perfect for the S Scale I use to make my village. The package comes with 6 rose vines, 3 red and 3 pink. I used one of them to climb up the side of the building on the trellis from my Greenhouse Accessories. I got the idea from Donna Camacho's version of Rose Cottage. I hadn't even remembered that...

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Fence Patterns

Last year I decided that I needed one post that included all of my shingle patterns so that they were easy to find. Recently I realized that I should do the same with all of my fence patterns. Until I started compiling the fence patterns for this post, I hadn't realized I had made so many! Unlike with shingle patterns, there are unlimited variations of fence patterns. As I continue to add additional fence patterns, I suspect I will need a second post, but for now this file includes the 12 fence patterns I have published in my house patterns up until now, plus two additional picket fence patterns. Look...

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