Make Your Own Rose Cottage

I wanted to make another easy beginner cottage this month. I originally planned on a Cape Code stye house, but 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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Unfortunately the S scale roses I have are large rose bushes, so I have to try to find climbing rose vines so I can decorate my cottage, or learn how to make my own. If you are experienced in making your own climbing roses, please email me. I’d love to learn how you make them.

I also think this house would look lovely shingled like in the picture above, but I ran out of time. You can find a link to all of my shingle patterns here.

This Is How You Make Rose Cottage

Size of the finished building as designed will be approximately  2 7/8″ W x 3 3/4 D x 4 1/4″ H. These measurements do not include the size of the base. I consider this a harder beginner pattern.


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The Rose Cottage Pattern Specific Materials

  • My free pattern for Rose Cottage from the A Cottage in the Forest Library. Design #84. Get the password for free by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

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Steps to Make Rose Cottage

  • Download Rose Cottage pattern from A Cottage in the Forest library
  • Import Rose 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 roofs.
  • Glue on dormers and chimney,
  • Add the porch, steps and railings.
  • Make base and decorate as desired.

How To Make Rose Cottage

Download Rose Cottage Pattern

Download the Rose Cottage pattern from A Cottage in the Forest Library. It is design #84. 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 Rose 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 and trim out of 85 lb. textured cardstock. I cut the rest of the pieces out of 100 lb. cover cardstock. Since I did not paint this building, I sealed it using DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish.

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.)

Glue on the Window Frames and Doors. Attach Vellum Windows.

Glue on the window frames and door. First I glued a piece of vellum to the back of the door, then glued it onto the door of the building. I like making my operable doors double thick as they hold up better if kids try to open them.

Glue the vellum in place if you are using it. 

Glue Together the Body of the House

Glue the body together.

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.

Glue on the Roofs

Slide the slot in the roof over the gable. Glue onto the building. I glued the front down first, then when dry, the back.

We will be using porch braces to determine the overhang of the porch roof. Hold the gable roof onto the gable and use your thumb to determine the angle you would like. You may need to trim a bit off of the gable roof ends depending on your preferred porch roof angle.

Glue together the two pieces of the gable trim, then glue onto the front of the gable roof. If you trimmed off the ends of the gable roof, you may have to cut off a little of the trim.

Glue the gable roof over the gable. I like to glue it to the flaps on the gable, holding it in place until dry. Once dry, I run a tiny seam of glue along the back of the gable roof and glue it down to the main roof.

Glue on the Dormers and Chimney

Fold and glue together each of the pieces of the dormer and the chimney. It is easiest to glue the vellum onto the backside of the dormer window before you glue it together. Glue on the dormer trim.

Glue the two dormer pieces together, centering them, then glue onto the roof over the light holes. Glue on the dormer roofs and the chimney.

Turn over the building and glue the porch braces in place under the porch roof.

Add the Porch, Steps, and Railings.

Fold each of the porch pieces and the stairs.

Glue the porch together, as well as the stairs. You can find a video of how I glue my stairs together at

Flip over the porch and glue in the porch bottom piece. This will help strengthen the porch. Glue the stairs into the porch

Glue together the two pieces of the porch roof trim. Also glue two pieces of porch railing together, matching the banisters. This will make the railing stronger. Curve the railings gently by pulling each piece against a larger curved object like lip balm or the side of a mechanical pencil. Try to get both railing curves the same.

Glue the railing onto the porch, making sure to glue the back edge to the wall and each of the feet to the porch. Glue the porch roof trim onto the front of the porch roof, and the window box under the dormer window if desired.

Make Base and Decorate as Desired.

Enjoy making Rose Cottage yourself! I would love to see your finished design. Please share a photo of it with me by emailing me at


Rose Cottage by Donna Camacho
Rose Cottage by Cheryl Sablotny
Rose Cottage by Lynette Deloach


Download the Rose Cottage Pattern


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4 thoughts on “Make Your Own Rose Cottage”

  1. Ellen Carruthers

    Thank you so much for this design, I made in light blue with contrast dark blue. Added your post box and made miniature rolled red, pink and pale yellow roses along the edge of the porch.

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