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 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.

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Make Your Own Rose Cottage

I wanted to make another easy beginner cottage this month. While looking through pictures of simple houses on Pinterest together for inspiration, my friend showed me this house, as she loved the porch and curved railing. I loved how it was so cheery looking, and reminded me of spring! I named it Rose Cottage not only for the color of the house, but also as I envision roses growing up the side of the house and along the curved railings.

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Make Your Own Flower Cart

I have been wanting to make more accessory items for my village, but this month's pattern was actually driven by my other hobby, beading. I love to bead ornaments, and have designed my own in the past, but prefer how relaxing it is to use other designer's patterns. About a year ago I discover the designer Julie Glasser (JulRiDesign on Etsy) and have been making my way through her patterns. She has designed a series of miniature beaded plants in pots and urns, and I decided they would look better in a scene than as ornaments for my tree. I bought myself a little domed terrarium, then decided I needed...

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How To Change The Scale Of A Pattern

Even though I have a couple of previous posts regarding scale, the one question I receive over and over again is how to change the scale of a pattern. The questions usually fit into one of 3 categories: 1. If you know the current scale of a building, how do you actually change it to a different scale in Cricut Design Space. 2. If you don't know the current scale of a pattern, how do you determine it? 3. What to do if you think the pattern you downloaded isn't to any particular scale or is between scales.

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