Ever wonder how I get the ideas for the buildings I design? Some months are easier than others. If Lucy is having one of her challenges, like the castle challenge, I just have to look at pictures of that particular type of building until I find one I like. When it was time to add to my Santa’s village, I focused in on Santa’s Workshops. I search both Google and Pinterest for pictures of buildings I would like to build, and save the ones I like in Pinterest boards. While I prefer to be inspired by real buildings, I’ve used sketches and even computer or AI art to inspire me.
Upon occasion I have the need to design beginner houses for the classes I teach at the local store, as I enjoy when students repeat my classes and make a different house to add to their village. Other months I have no idea what to design. That is when I turn to the email suggestions I receive from my followers. These vary from simple buildings to very complex ones. Sometimes the suggestion is just for the type of building, for an example a church, and other times people send me pictures of interesting looking buildings.
This month I received a suggestion that I modify Cheryl’s Place to add a bay window in the front on the first floor, with a balcony on top of it. Cheryl’s Place is one of my most downloaded patterns, as well at my best selling kit, so I thought a modification to it would be fun. I went searching for an idea of what that could look like and found the picture below on Pinterest. I tried to track down where it came from and found an Instagram account in Russia. Google Translate tried its best, and I think the account may be computer generated buildings of architectural plans that can be purchased in Russia, as there was one picture on Instagram of one of the houses actually being built.
I also found pictures of a dollhouse that had similar architectural details. I liked the porch of the dollhouse more than of the Russian building, especially the steps up to the porch, so incorporated that into my design. I asked the person who made the suggestion that I modify Cheryl’s Place to name the design, and she decided on Gull Cottage.
This Is How You Make Gull Cottage
Size of the finished building as designed will be approximately 5 7/8″ W x ” 3 3/4 D x 4 3/4″ H.. These measurements do not include the size of the base. I consider this an intermediate pattern.
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The Gull Cottage Pattern Specific Materials
- My free pattern for Gull Cottage from the A Cottage in the Forest Library. Design #81. Get the password for free by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
Favorite Materials Supply List
- Cardstock, Cardboard (Kraft Board), 30 point Chipboard, or Aluminum Can – your choice!
- Translucent Vellum or pictures to go in the windows.
- Glue – If using cardstock, I suggest Bearly Art Glue or Art Glitter Glue. For aluminum cans, I use Aleene’s The Ultimate Glue. For cardboard or chipboard houses, I like Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue. I put it in a bottle with a thin metal tip.
- If using chipboard or kraft colored cardboard, start with a base of either Liquitex white gesso or black gesso as primer.
- Decorative papers (optional – for cardboard.)
- Multi-surface satin finish acrylic paints or Ranger Distress Inks or Distress Crayons (for cardboard or cardstock.) Both the FolkArt and the Craftsmart paint brands work equally well. If you use distress inks, make sure they dry thoroughly before handling the pieces or you will have stained fingers. I speak from experience.
- Glitter Gel Pens. I love these for coloring in small details. The company also carries another set with metallic, neon and fluorescent gel pens.
- Tim Holtz Texture Paste or Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste to make brick or stone chimneys, walls or sidewalks. I actually prefer grit paste as it makes my stonework look rougher or more craggy than texture paste.
- Stencils to use with the texture or grit paste to make stone or brickwork. Be careful to buy or make stencils that fit the scale of your building. For brickwork I often use the Honey Bee Salvaged Bricks stencil or the Stretcher Bricks stencil I cut myself. For stonework I usually use either the Chimney Stone stencil I made myself, or the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Set #28 Stencils.
- Bone folder (optional, but strongly suggested) A bone folder helps you make sharp folds when you are using cardstock or cardboard. I have found it even helps with aluminum cans. I now use my bone folder to deepen score lines all the time.
- A Cutting Machine like a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore
- A hand-held craft blade like an X-Acto knife or Cricut TrueControl Knife. I also have a hand-held knife called the Excel Knife. It is nice in that it uses the cheaper craft blades, but the blade doesn’t work its way loose like the blade in my X-Acto knife often does. You will also need a cutting mat or a glass media mat to cut on.
- Metal Edged Ruler with cork backing
- An Embossing Machine and folders.
Steps to Make Gull Cottage
- Download Gull Cottage pattern from A Cottage in the Forest library
- Import Gull Cottage pattern into your design software
- Cut out the pattern – I use my Cricut Maker. Texture if desired.
- Fold the body of the house.
- Glue on the window frames and doors. Attach vellum windows.
- Glue together the body of the house.
- Add the bottom insert.
- Glue on the bay windows and porch.
- Glue on the roofs.
- Add the columns, railings, chimney and back steps.
- Glue on the peak trim.
- Make base and decorate as desired.
How To Make Gull Cottage
Download Gull Cottage Pattern
Download the Gull Cottage pattern from A Cottage in the Forest Library. It is design #81. Don’t forget to unzip it. The pattern is available in multiple formats – as a SVG (scalable vector graphics), DXF (drawing eXchange format), as a studio3 file for Silhouette, or as PDF file. I now include a 1″ square in with all of my SVG, DXF and Studio3 files. Scale the pattern so that the square is 1″ to make the building in the size it was designed. Of course the wonderful thing about SVG files is that you can easily scale them to make your building whatever size you would like.
Choose between whether you want a regular back with the light holes at the bottom of the building (this is the option I make below) or if you want to use the Putz Back, where the light holes are in the back of the building.
Import Gull Cottage Pattern Into Design Software
As of this blog post, a Cricut Design Space update in 2021 broke the attached score lines. You will need to go through the pattern in Design Space and change the score lines to Score and then attach them to their object. I am still designing so that if someday Design Space fixes their problem score lines and drawings import as actual score lines and drawings attached to their object, though I have pretty much lost hope of that ever happening.
Here is a great tutorial from Jennifer Maker’s website on attaching score lines. I have started making all of my score lines red so that you can tell that they are intended to be are score lines.
Cut out all of your cardstock, Kraft Board or aluminum can pieces using my pattern. I cut the stairs, porch, railings, columns and trim out of 100 lb. cover cardstock. I cut the rest of the pieces of of Kraft Board, which is the equivalent of 120 lb. cover cardstock or lightweight chipboard.
Refer to the PDF I included with the SVG pattern for the name of each of the pieces you need to cut out. Texture your pieces using your embossing machine and texture folders if desired.
Fold the Body of the Building
Fold the body pieces towards the back or inside (mountain folds), except the right tab of the left side piece, which you will fold towards you (valley fold.). The bottom score lines on each side and the bay windows is for placement of a decorative foundation, not folding.
Glue on the Window Frames and Doors. Attach Vellum Windows.
Glue on the window frames and doors. Note that the doors and some of the windows are the same height, but the two doors have thicker frames and are wider. In the picture below the window is on the left and the door is on the right.
Glue the vellum in place if you are using it.
Glue Together the Body of the House
Glue the body together. First Glue the Right Side onto the Left Side. Note how the tab of the left side bends out towards the front door and is glued under the right side.
Glue the back to the sides. Glue the body together first, then the roof flaps.
Add the Bottom Insert
Check the fit of the bottom insert piece, adjusting any of the fold lines as necessary. You may need to trim the corners. Glue in the bottom insert piece now as it will help to help to stiffen and square the walls of the building. I like to start at the inside corner. Once I know the fit is right, I run the needle tip of my glue bottle between the bottom insert and the sides, making sure each side is glued securely before moving on to the next.
Glue on the Bay Windows and Porch
Fold each of the bay windows. Glue the vellum into the back side with the sides folded so the vellum lies smoothly. Glue the bay window top and bottom pieces to the body.
Glue the wider bay window onto the front of the building, centering it on the wall. Glue the narrower bay window onto the side of the building.
Glue together both the porch and the front step.
Glue the porch and step onto the front of the building. Trick: because I had made grit paste stones, the front step did not fit into the gap perfectly. I used a little more grit paste for fill in gap and then painted it the step color.
Glue on the Roofs
Glue on the main roof, aligning the cutout for the wing right wing. Then glue on the wing roof, aligning the cutout over the gable. Glue on the gable roof.
Add the Columns, Railings, Chimney, and Back Steps.
Glue the columns onto the porch, then glue on the porch roof.
Glue the railings onto the porch and on top of the Bay windows. You will need to trim the porch and side railing to fit.
Glue together the chimney and the back steps, then glue onto the building.
Glue on the Peak Trim.
Glue the peak trim into each of the peaks. Place a bead of glue along the edges of each peak. Hold the peak trim in place until the glue dries. If you have difficulty with this, glue the trim onto one side of the peak, dry, then glue the trim to the other side of the peak. I also glued a thin strip of decorative trim at the bottom of each bay window railing. I have included the thin trim in the pattern. If you have thin washi tape you can use that instead of the painted trim.
Make Base and Decorate as Desired.
Enjoy making Gull Cottage yourself! I would love to see your finished design. Please share a photo of it with me by emailing me at Jackie@acottageintheforest.com
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