Village Cafe Kit

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 Village Cafe @2024 Jacqueline Smith

Please read all instructions prior to beginning the project. If you are new to making houses, make sure you read and understand each step before placing your glue. 

I consider this a slightly harder beginner pattern.

Before you start your new kit, think about how you will want to decorate it. You can paint the house, paint the house and glitter it, glitter just parts of the house like the roof, use the kit pieces as a guide to cut out decorative paper that you can glue onto the house, or just leave the building white for a modern look. If you leave any portion of the house as unpainted cardboard, I suggest spraying with a matte acrylic sealer like Krylon or Modge Podge Sealer.

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Suggested Material List . . .

NOTES . . . (read before starting)

  • Due to variations by each builder you may find a trim piece a tad longer than needed. If this happens, simply trim it down to fit.
  • DO use the cutting guide below to identify all of the pieces! It’s always a good idea to lay out all of the pieces before you start so that you have everything in the correct place. I include an extra window frame in the kit.

Cutting Guide for Village Cafe…

Your kit will include either the Regular Back and Regular Bottom Insert, and 3 windows, a door, peak trim and back step, OR the Putz Back, Putz Bottom Insert, and a strengthening ring for the Putz hole, OR a Solid Back and Bottom, depending on which option you chose when you purchased the kit.

Let’s get started . . .

The following instructions are to show you how the building should be constructed. I show the order of construction without any paint or glitter. Think about how you will finish the building and if any parts will need to be painted or finished before being glued in place.

There is no wrong way to paint, glitter and glue. Personally, I like to paint the trim and walls when flat, then glue the trim onto the building, add the vellum, and then glue the building together. I then glitter the completed building. However, I know people who glitter the building while flat before gluing it together. I suggest you try different methods until you find out what works best for you. Tutorials for various ways to decorate your house can be found on this website.

Constructing the Building

1. 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.

2. Glue on the window frames and doors. 

3. Glue the vellum in place if you are using it. 

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

5.  I decided to make my railing stronger by gluing two pieces of the railing together. You will need to decide if you wish to do the same, or if painting your railing as is will 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.

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

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

8. Glue together the back seam.

9. 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.

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

11. 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 building sides. Glue down the roof.

12. 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.

13. 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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Use the included cardstock to make a base. 

This building can be finished with any method you are used to. Don’t worry about it being perfect. Just have fun and enjoy the process!

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

Examples for Inspiration

Village Cafe by Jackie Smith
Village Cafe by Donna Camacho
Village Cafe by Marti Clayton
Village Cafe by Sheila Logan
Village Cafe by Cheryl Sablotny
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