Make Your Own Village Cafe

I thought it was time for another shop for our village. I saw a picture of a cute two-dimensional computer drawn building and decided to imagine how it would look as a 3D building.

I also decided to do something a little different this time. With Easter fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to make a building that could also double as a gift box. Thus I made the roof of this cafe so that it does not need to be glued down to stay on, and can be removed at any time. If you want to make your cafe into a gift box, use the solid Putz Bottom.

This Is How You Make The Village Cafe

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

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The Village Cafe Pattern Specific Materials

  • My free pattern for the Village Cafe from the A Cottage in the Forest Library. Design #82. Get the password for free by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
  • Optional: 105 lb. Stardream Onyx Black Metallic Cardstock for the iron railings, tables, and chairs. I used this so I didn’t have to paint any of these pieces, but I could have cut them out of cardstock and painted them with metallic black paint. I found Art Glitter Glue worked well with the Stardream Metallic Cardstock.

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Steps to Make the Village Cafe

  • Download the Village Cafe pattern from A Cottage in the Forest library
  • Import the Village Cafe pattern into your design software
  • Cut out the pattern – I use my Cricut Maker. Texture if desired.
  • Fold the body of the building.
  • Glue on the window frames and doors. Attach vellum windows.
  • Glue together the body of the building.
  • Add the bottom insert.
  • Glue together the roofs.
  • Glue on the trim.
  • Make the table and chairs
  • Make base and decorate as desired.

How To Make the Village Cafe

Download the Village Cafe Pattern

Download the Village Cafe pattern from A Cottage in the Forest Library. It is design #82. 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 hole 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 hole is in the back of the building.

Import the Village Cafe 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 deck railings and tables and chairs out of out of 105 lb. onyx black metallic cardstock. I cut the roof and awnings out of 100 lb. cover cardstock as it is easier to fold. 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.

I decided to stucco my building and used Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Medium Sand Texture Gel, which is my favorite medium for stucco. Brush it on before you paint.

Fold the Body of the Building

Fold the body pieces towards the back or inside (mountain folds), except the center score line of the Upper Right Side piece, which you will fold towards you (valley fold.). The score lines in the middle of the Front, Back, Left Side, and Bottom Right Side are for placement of trim or painting the building two colors, not for folding.

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

Glue on the window frames and doors.

Glue the vellum in place if you are using it.

Glue Together the Body of the Building

Glue the 4 sides of the building together, but don’t yet glue into a square.

Since I cut my deck railing out of cardstock, I decided to make my railing stronger by gluing two pieces of the railing together. You may find you do not need to do this if you cut and paint your railing as it will probably be strong enough. I sliced the bottom off of the 2nd piece of railing as I didn’t want the two railings glued together to be so thick that the deck would have trouble fitting. Hence the doubled railing will be at the top, and the part of the railing that it a single piece will be glued into the building so that it can not be seen.

Center the railing behind the Bottom Right Side and glue in place. Crease each of the corners, then glue each end of the railings into the Front and Back. You may need to trim a bit off of the ends of the railings. I later painted the top rail of my railing. It would have been a lot easier to paint if I had done so before I glued it onto the building.

Glue the upper left tab of the Top Right Side to the Front.

Push the deck up from the bottom and glue into place. Glue the upper right tab of the Top Right Side to the Back.

Glue together the back seam.

Add the Bottom Insert

Check the fit of the Bottom Insert, adjusting any of the fold lines as necessary. You may need to trim the corners. Glue in the Bottom Insert now as it will help to help to stiffen and square the walls of the building.

Glue Together the Roof

Fold the Roof towards the back or inside (mountain folds.)

Glue the tabs to the underside of the roof. This will create an edge to the roof, and an opening that can be slipped over the buildings sides. You can glue down the roof, but it is not necessary if instead you want to make this into a gift box.

Glue on the Trim

You can break the trim on any edge. Depending on how thick the material you used to make the building, you may need to cut the trim to fit.

Glue on the Awnings and Signs. You can paint stripes on the awnings, or panels of colored paper. I glued on striped washi tape.

Make the Table and Chairs

Sort the tables and chairs so that you match leg lengths. I provide two different size – shorter legs that I used on the deck, and taller legs I used in front of the cafe.

To glue together the chairs, add a bead of glue to the back of the chair seat, and then attach to the chair back right below the chair railings. Let dry thoroughly.

Next, add a bead of glue to the top of the chair front legs, and attach to the bottom side of the chair seat. Tilt the legs so they are slightly towards the front of the chair. Let dry thoroughly.

Grasping each of the table legs with your jewelry pliers of a pair of tweezers, fold so you achieve a 90 degree angle. Glue the two parts of the table legs together. Let dry thoroughly. Once the legs are dry, you may need to use your jewelry pliers again to make sure the table legs form an X.

Place a drop of glue in the center of the underside of the table top. Position the table legs on top and let dry thoroughly.

Make Base and Decorate as Desired.

Enjoy making the Village Cafe yourself! I would love to see your finished design. Please share a photo of it with me by emailing me at Jackie@acottageintheforest.com

MAKER’S GALLERY FOR THE VILLAGE CAFE

Village Cafe by Donna Camacho
Village Cafe by Marti Clayton
Village Cafe by Sheila Logan
Village Cafe by Cheryl Sablotny
Village Cafe by Lennette Horton

FREE CUT FILES & PATTERN FOR THE VILLAGE CAFE

Download the Village Cafe Pattern

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4 thoughts on “Make Your Own Village Cafe”

    1. The tables and chairs are included in the download. They aren’t in the Village Cafe All file, as that is just the building, but instead have their own SVG file.

  1. My Cricuit is not set up yet. And I’m old and not very tech savvy. Do you have files in PDF form that I can print on my printer?✝️🙏🏼🙌🏼🎶🦋

    1. Yes, every one of my free patterns comes as both a SVG and a PDF that you can print. They are included together in the download.

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