Village Church Kit

Make Your Own Village Church

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  & Digital Village Church @2023 Jacqueline Smith

There are two fabulous snorkeling beaches on the north shore of Kaua’i that we really enjoy when we visit, and we drive past the Waiʻoli Huiʻia Church every time we go snorkeling at those beaches. Wai’oli Mission Hall was established by American Christian missionaries in 1834, with the current Sanctuary Hall built in 1912 in the American Gothic Architectural style. The square belfry tower houses the old Mission Bell acquired in 1843. The shingled church was restored in 1992 after sustaining significant damage from Hurricane Iniki. The building as well as the adjacent Mission Hall are listed on the state and national registers of historic places, and has had a continuous record of service since 1834.

Please read all instructions prior to beginning the project. Instructions are given for both the digital and pre-cut versions. If you are new to making houses, make sure you read and understand each step before placing your glue.

I consider this an advanced 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 . . .

  • Pre-cut kit has been cut from White Kraft Board. This is equivalent to 120 lb cardstock or cardboard. I use 100 lb. cover cardstock for the stairs because of the tight folds. I cut the Louvers out of 65 lb. cardstock.
  • Materials for Digital version: White Kraft Board, Cardboard or Quality Cardstock. 
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue. I put it in a bottle with a thin metal tip. If you are new to making kits, you may want to use Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue as this allows more time for you to reposition your pieces if you make a mistake.
  • Bone Folder – A bone folder helps you make sharp folds when you are using cardstock or cardboard. While the kit comes pre-scored, I strongly suggest you make the scoring lines deeper with a bone folder.
  • Multi-surface satin finish acrylic paints in your color choices. I find that if I use the multi-surface paint I do not need to gesso the cardboard first. Two coats are usually required. 
  • To glitter the house: Extra fine glitter or extra fine iridescent glitter and Spectra Glitter Sparkling Crystals (mixed 50/50) and Modge Podge. I like to apply the Modge Podge with a foam brush to one side of the building at a time, glitter, then move on to the next side. You may like your building glittered with only the extra fine glitter, but I liked adding a slightly chunkier glitter to it too.
  • To make the snow: Woodland Flex Paste, Woodland Soft Flake Snow, and Hemway White Ultra Sparkle Glitter. Apply the flex paste and sprinkle a combination of the soft flake snow and Ultra sparkle glitter over it while it is wet. Use a little Modge Podge on a brush to add more of the snow mixture once the flex paste is dry.

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 guides in the kit/files 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.
  • The color coding of shapes in the guide are only used to help you identify pieces. Digital users should change these colors inside their software to suit their own needs.

Cutting Guide …

Your kit will include either the Regular Back, Trim, Regular Bottom Insert, OR the Putz Back, Putz Bottom Insert, and a strengthening ring for the Putz hole, OR a Solid Back and Bottom Insert, depending on which option you chose when you purchased the kit.

The SVG files were created in a way that combines elements to help with possible confusion on trim pieces. If you will be using various materials to create the project and need to separate these, simply “Ungroup” the selection.

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.  I have taken many of the pictures using colored cardstock to aid in seeing each step.

Digital users should think about what colors they want to cut pieces from. Change the shape colors inside your software program to cut pieces from the colors you decide upon.

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 the A Cottage in the Forest Website 

Constructing the Building – Make the Tower

Note: I decided that I wanted to shingle my church like the actual Wai‘oli Hui‘ia church. While I had a nice color of green for the shingles, it was a very thin cardstock, not sturdy enough for the walls. None of my other sturdier green cardstock was darker than the shingle color, and I didn’t want to use a light color and have it potentially show. Hence I used a sturdy black cardstock for my walls as I had lots of it. Fair warning: shingling the building was a lot of work.  You can find SVG and PDF file for shingles here.

1. Fold on each of the score lines. If you are using shingles plan out the shingles so they will meet on the edges of the buildings. Glue shiplap and shingles onto the tower.

2. Glue the louvers into the inside of the building, as well as any interior church pictures you might want to use. 

3. Attach the doors and door trim and the stained glass vellum.

4. Glue in the pieces used to make the indented detail in the tower walls. If you are using shingles make sure the shingles on the inner piece match up with the shingles on the walls.

5. Glue the tower together and glue in the floor. You may have to trim the corners of the floor. Remember that you will be able to see the floor if you keep the church doors open so you will want to have it finished in some way. Glue the floor just below the doors with the tabs pointing down to the bottom of the tower.

Assemble the Building

6. Glue the louvers into the inside of the front and back overlay pieces. Glue on the louver trim.

7. Attach the doors, door window and trim, and the stained glass vellum to the front, sides, and addition. You can add them after you put the building together, but it is much easier to add while the walls are flat. The addition doors are not made to be opened

8. Glue the building walls together. Note how the corner behind the tower is glued together.

9. Check the fit of the bottom insert piece, adjusting any of the fold lines as necessary. You may need to trim the corners. I like to lower it in from the top. Glue in the bottom insert piece now as it will help to help to stiffen and square the walls of the building. 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. Note there is only one hole for a light in my insert below, but I decided that I needed two after I built the church and tried to light it. The pattern has two holes in the bottom insert piece.

10. Glue the tower piece into it’s place, and the front and back overlay pieces onto the front and back.

11. Glue the addition’s bottom insert into the addition.

12. Glue the addition onto the main building, then the addition roof.

13. Glue the main roof onto the building. You may have to trim the area around the tower if you added shingles. Glue the tower roof together.

14. I shingled my main roof while it was attached to the building, but shingled my tower roof before gluing it onto the tower.

15. Fold the addition stairs and glue them together. I filmed a video of how to make miniature stairs that can be found on my YouTube channel. **Note: if you really have trouble folding stairs, my friend Cheryl came up with a great alternative. She cuts little square wood dowels to size and glues them together to use instead.** Fold and glue together the addition stair posts and glue them on either side of the stairs. Glue under the addition door.

16. Fold each of the tower steps. I found it is easiest to glue the front strip on each of the steps by turning them over and pulling the strip towards yourself as you glue around the corner.

17. Glue the steps on top of each other. Fold and glue together the tower step posts and glue them on either side of the steps. Glue under the tower doors.

18. Lastly, glue the peaked trim under the peak of the roof on the front and back overlay pieces.

This building can be built from a variety of materials and finished with any method you are used to. Have fun decorating yours!

Enjoy making your Village Church!! 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 Chuch by Jackie Smith. I carved a rock wall base out of foam for my church. Find the tutorial on how to carve your own foam base at https://acottageintheforest.com/how-to-carve-a-foam-base/
Village Church by Cheryl Sablotny
Village Church by Diane Roberts Pratt
Village Church by Shannon Quine
Village Church by Mandy Lapsley
Village Church by Marti Clayton
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