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 recycled aluminum cans, cardstock or cardboard. 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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3D Leafy Trees

Trees add interest to your holiday village, and 3D trees add depth. You can glue them onto your bases, or scatter them around between your houses. Many people like to use pre-made sisal trees. While you can get them in various sizes, every tree looks the same to me. I want more variety. So I started to make 3D trees by taking 2D tree cutting dies and folding and gluing them together. They are super simple to make and I like the look I get from them. If you subscribe to Cricut Access you will find many different tree patterns you can use. You will just need to add your...

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Make Your Own Curved Portico House

As I have slowly been making my way through Steven Leeds' Glitterhouses, converting them from PDFs to SVGs, some of the patterns have been calling me to flesh them out with window frames, doors, or other small changes. But when I got to Glitterhouse #12, a complete yet altered picture of the house flashed into my mind. I actually had to hold myself back from making the changes to Steven's files right then, and instead published them as he had envisioned the house. Then I set to work making the SVGs of the house as I had visualized it.

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3D Outhouse

While I am still working on a building pattern for April, I thought I would sneak in this pattern for a little outhouse. For Christmas each year, I make a different miniature (less than 2" high) aluminum can building ornament for each of my nephews. This last Christmas, I had thought to make a schoolhouse for them, but my sister mentioned that her boys hadn't actually been in school since early March - so she didn't think it fit the circumstances. Getting in the spirit of what fit 2020 best, I made the boys little miniature outhouses. I even cut up toilet paper and made a miniature roll for each...

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