Make Your Own Viola Cottage

My friend Lucy Foxworth of Paper Glitter Glue decided to have another challenge and asked me to design some buildings for it. This time the challenge is a Whimsical Fairy House Challenge. Lucy is releasing a different fairy house design every day for 12 days. I have committed to making two fairy house designs.

I decided for the first of my buildings to give Sparrow House a fairy remodel. I knew I wanted to add flowers to my roof, and decided on violas as there are so many color combinations to choose from. For anyone who prefers pansies to violas, I include a pansy pattern too.

This Is How You Make Viola Cottage

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

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The Viola Cottage Pattern Specific Materials

  • My free pattern for Viola Cottage from the A Cottage in the Forest Library. Design #86. Get the password for free by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
  • Optional: Lawn Fawn Light Brown Woodgrain Cardstock. I had bought this last month just to check it out, with no particular design in mind, and realized that this would be a fun design to try it out. Look below for more on how I cut and colored the woodgrain cardstock. If I hadn’t bought it, I could have used Kraft colored Kraft Board and a wood grain texture folder to make my own.
  • Optional: Reindeer Moss. This is my favorite type of moss to use with miniature houses, but you could use a different type of moss if you have some already.
  • Optional: Green Cricut Pen to draw on the veins of the leaves. You can draw them by hand if you don’t have a green pen that fits your Cricut.
  • Optional: Black Cricut Pen to draw the detail on the petals of the violas. You can draw them by hand if you don’t have a black pen that fits your Cricut.

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Steps to Make Viola Cottage

  • Download the Viola Cottage pattern from A Cottage in the Forest library.
  • Import the Viola Cottage 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 door. Attach vellum windows.
  • Glue together the body of the building.
  • Add the bottom insert.
  • Glue on the roof and dormers. Decorate with moss and flowers.

How To Make Viola Cottage

Download the Viola Cottage Pattern

Download the Viola Cottage pattern from A Cottage in the Forest Library. It is design #86. 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 Viola 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. There are also draw lines that need to be attached to their objects. 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.

As I stated above, I used the Lawn Fawn 111 lb. Woodgrain Cardstock to cut the front and back and dormer walls of my building. I cut my side walls and window boxes out of 105 lb. Stardream Bronze Shimmer Cover Cardstock which I then textured with my wood grain texture folder. I could have used the Lawn Fawn Dark Brown Woodgrain Cardstock but thought the bronze shimmer would add a little extra accent. I cut my roofs out of moss colored cardstock, and my trim and leaves out of a cardstock I have had for years and am not sure of the weight, but believe it is 85 lb. cardstock.

Since the Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Cardstock is textured, I mirrored my cut and put the textured side of the cardstock down on my mat, thus cutting the smooth side. I don’t know if I had to do that, but only had a few pieces of cardstock and didn’t want any chance of my blade getting hung up on a groove.

To make the textured wood grain stand out, I experimented with brushing on either Tim Holtz Distress Inks (left) or Tim Holtz Distress Crayons (right) in both cases brushing them on in the direction of the grain. Although both of them looked similar, I liked the look of the Distress Crayons more. I used my finger to rub on the crayon so I could carefully control how much I added.

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 sides of the building. Use your finger to gently curve the cardboard between that score lines. I also put a pen between the score lines and rolled the cardstock on a hard surface to help get the curve. Cut slits into the tabs of the upper left side so that you can glue it to the curves of the front and back.

Cut slits into the tabs of the front and back and the dormers so you can make the curves. Fold each of the tabs towards the back or inside (mountain folds.)

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

Glue a hinge onto each of the bars. Glue the doors together to make the door double thick, then place into the hole for the door. This will help you place the door frame in the proper place. Glue the door frame around the door. Glue on the window frames.

Fold the bar where it is attached to the hinge. Glue each of the hinges onto the front of the building. I used a ruler to make sure they were aligned. Glue each bar onto the door, being careful that you don’t get any of the glue onto the door frame.

Glue the vellum in place if you are using it. 

Glue Together the Body of the House

Glue each of the sides to the front and back of the house. The side with the tabs on top glues onto the left side of the front.

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. Align the notch with the doorway. 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 Roof and Dormers. Decorate with Moss and Flowers

I glued down the very top first, making sure I caught the curves in the peak, then glued down each side. One side of the roof is longer than the other. The longer side is glued onto the right side.

Glue together the dormer windows, adding the trim and the vellum. Wrap the dormer roofs around a pencil to add some curve. Glue the dormers and and then their roofs to the main roof, matching each dormer curve to a roof side and glue each dormer onto the roof over the opening. The dormer with the outer curve goes in the right side, the one with the inner curve goes on the left. Glue a window box beneath each window of Viola Cottage.

I finished my roof by gluing on moss using Modge Podge. I snipped the moss up fairly fine with my scissors before adding to my roof. Let the moss/ Modge Podge dry overnight. You may want to spray it with Modge Podge Ultra Matte Spray Sealer to help the moss stick together. Spray before you add the violas.

On top of the moss I added vellum viola flowers and cardstock leaves. Each viola flower is made by cutting 5 petals and a stamen out of translucent vellum. I mostly colored my petals using alcohol inks, but I also used some of the colors of my Cricut pens. I read that watercolors work really well on vellum also, but have misplaced them so will have to experiment another day. I then glued the petals onto a circle, starting with the back petals, then the middle petals, the bottom petals, and last the stamen. Cup the vellum edges towards yourself to give your flowers depth. You can use a pen to add the stamen instead of the little vellum piece as it is very small. I kept losing them on my work surface.

I include 2 flower patterns in with my files. The flower on the left is a Viola, as it has two petals pointing upward and 3 pointing downward. For anyone who prefers pansies, the flower on the right uses the exact same petal patterns, but I rotated the middle petals so that the bloom has 4 petals pointing upward, and one petal pointing downward. Pansies also tend to be larger than violas. Search for pictures of each online. There are many colors for you to choose from.

Make Base and Decorate as Desired.

Enjoy making the Viola 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

Want More Fairy Houses?

I decided that our fairy village had to have at least one shop, so besides Viola Cottage, I also designed the Forest Fairy Bakery, which you can find in a bundle that Lucy is now offering for sale through her website called The Fairy House Collection – Fairy Houses for All Seasons. I have never participated in a collaboration like this before so I am quite excited! 

The collection includes the files and instructions for the Forest Fairy Bakery, as well as 9 additional houses designed by Lucy that are also exclusive to the bundle. Also included in the Fairy House Collection are all of the files for each of the houses and variations that were released over the 12 days of the Whimsical Fairy House Challenge

Lucy designed all of the elements of her houses to be interchangeable, with 3 main house designs which can be adapted for different holidays and seasons with the many variations she has included. By mixing elements from each of her 20 digital files, the number of unique fairy houses you can make becomes almost limitless! Though I designed both of my fairy houses to be stand-alone buildings, many of the elements Lucy includes in her digital files can also be used to create variations of my houses. All of these files are available as SVG and PDF files.

The Fairy House Collection

Fairy Houses For All Seasons

A collection of 20+ fairy house designs for you to bring to life. The Fairy House Collection includes all the files you need to make a whimsical fairy village!

MAKER’S GALLERY FOR VIOLA COTTAGE

Viola Cottage by Jodie Hertzog

FREE CUT FILES & PATTERN FOR VIOLA COTTAGE

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