This kit is for personal use ONLY. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell any part of this design or the instructions without my permission. Pre-Cut & Digital Garden Walls with Lamps Kit @2022 Jacqueline Smith
Please read all instructions prior to beginning the project. Instructions are given for both the digital and pre-cut versions.
Suggested Material List . . .
- Pre-cut kit has been cut from either 100 lb white cover cardstock and/or Stardream Metallic 105 lb / 284 gsm Cover Cardstock in Onyx or Bronze
- Materials for Digital Version: 100 lb white cover cardstock and/or Stardream Metallic 105 lb / 284 gsm Cover Cardstock in the color of your choice, or any quality heavy weight cardstock
- Translucent Vellum. I used a gold shimmer vellum for my models. You can also use an Ochre colored vellum as it has a warm color even when the led lights aren’t turned on.
- Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue. I put it in a bottle with a thin metal tip. If you are new to making kits, you may want to use Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue as this allows more time for you to reposition your pieces if you make a mistake.
- Metallic acrylic paint in the color of your choice (optional, it you use white cardstock.)
- Govee Warm White Fairy Lights. These are my favorite fairy lights as the string has a USB plug so that you can either attach it to a power supply if you have one available, or to a rechargeable power pack when you do not. It also has a remote. I can set up my village with each building and their street lamps on a base with holes drilled through to the bottom of the base and string the fairy lights from hole to hole and base to base. Then I plug it into my power supply and use the remote to turn on my entire village at once. There are several different modes, including steady on and twinkle. These lights also have a timer, and five different brightness levels. Lastly, the wire is silvery white, so it is easier to hide.
GARDEN WALLS WITH LAMPS
Let’s get started…
Fold and Assemble the Walls
1. Fold the walls. If you are going to add texture paste to make stone or brick walls, add it before gluing the walls together.
2. Glue the wall between the two posts, and glue on the post tops.
Assemble the Lamp
3. Fold and glue together the lamp top. Fold the lamp sides, then glue vellum onto the back. Glue the vellum into the back of the lamp while it is folded instead of flat, otherwise it will gap when you fold it.
4. Fold the lamp sides into a square. Fold and glue the lamp post.
5. Glue together the bottom of the lamp. I suggest applying glue and using your fingers to fold all of the tabs into place at once. The bottom should be flat with just enough space for the lamp pole. Glue the lamp pole in place.
6. Glue the lamp pole into the hole in the post top. Depending on the thickness of your material, you may need to make the hole a little larger with your craft knife. I have made the post long enough that you can decide if you want a short or tall post. Glue the wall railing to the top of the wall.
Let’s get started…
Fold and Assemble the Base.
1. The score lines on the base, particularly for the lamp pole, are very close together. I suggest scoring them deeper, then using a straight edge like a ruler to help fold them. I often use a jewelry plier to grasp the cardstock and help me fold it.
2. Glue together the lamp pole.
3. Glue together the base. I suggest gluing it into a square and then using your fingers to fold all of the tabs into place. If you have trouble holding them all together, glue one side at a time making sure you press firmly against the lamp pole. Don’t forget to add a dab of glue to the tabs at the bottom of the lamp pole where it enters the base. Once I glued all of the sides together, I inserted a skewer from the bottom to help push each of those tabs tight against the sides of the base.
4. Glue on the bottom piece with the hole.
Assemble the Lamp
5. Follow the direction for the lamps in the instructions above. Glue the lamp onto your lamp pole. The hole in the base and the lamp posts are large enough to accommodate the doubled fairy light wire so you can push the little fairy light to the top of the pole. This lamp style also fits the square base from the Street Lamps Kit.
Each globe is glued to its string light with a dab of hot glue. Wiggle the globe to pull off the string light, then use a pin to remove any glue still left in the globe. There is a plastic collar at the bottom to the globe that I easily cut off with my Exacto saw before gluing onto the top of the wall.
You get a different look to the garden and street lamps depending on whether you cut the collar off the globe or not.