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Winter Village Display

by | DIY, Home, Paper, Winter

Winter village display |

After months of missing the festivities, I’m super excited to be participating in December’s Silhouette Challenge, and even more excited to be part of a fantabulous giveaway with my fellow Silhouette wonder bloggers!  So, lots going on in today’s post.  I’m sharing my winter village display, and there’s 36 other Silhouette projects to ogle over, and THEN there’s 2 chances to win a Silhouette machine! Ready ready ready?

Winter village display |

I’m admittedly a bit slow on my Christmas stuff this year. We just got a tree, but haven’t gotten around to decorating it yet.  I made a paper chain, but then decided to go in a different direction with the decor.  So this little winter village is the first real bit of Christmas that I’ve put together.

Beautiful winter village display!  Made with Silhouette Cameo |

These 3D mini houses were the first things I bought from the Silhouette store when I first got my machine but I had been scared to try them until I got some basic projects under my belt.  After all that anxiety, these houses were time-consuming but otherwise, not too terribly difficult.

Love these darling houses in this winter village display!  Houses cut with Silhouette Cameo |

I’m just glad I didn’t design them, ok?  I mean, whoo, the design is absolutely amazing.  The detail on the trees, and the buildings themselves.  Definitely worth the buy, especially while on sale.

I opened all of the designs in Silhouette Studio, ungrouped all the different pieces, and fit the ones I wanted onto letter sized white cardstock.  Just make sure that pieces belonging to the same structure are cut together – the church has a building, a steeple and a roof.  Make sure you try different cut settings because the windows (masses and masses of them!) are incredibly frustrating to weed out if they aren’t cut cleanly.

Winter village display |

Winter village display |

Still, all worth it!  Totally cute, and makes me miss the New England winter.  For clarification, by “New England winter”, I don’t mean the snow, the slush, the ice, the numbing cold and the fact that it lasts 6 months.  I mean the classy colonials and cape cod cottages with the fresh greens hung for the holidays, candles in the windows, small Americana villages, fairy forest walks with light fluffy snow perched delicately on branches, and enjoying it all from the comfort of your home sitting in front of a roaring wood fire with some hot apple cider from the local orchard.  Get what I mean?

Winter village display |

Can you tell I haven’t quite adjusted to California yet?  Although, I did enjoy the 70 degree weather today, just sayin’.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects holiday projects today, so hop around and enjoy!

Reinvented Elf on a Shelf Book Cat-Shaped Ornament Stamped Christmas Towels M&M Milk Bottle Teacher Gift 3D Holly Berry Ornament Deer Silhouette Mirror Silhouette Christmas Craft with Double-Sided Adhesive Winter Village Display Wood Grain Nativity DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree 2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway Gift Tags Chalkboard Vinyl Christmas Signs Personalized Christmas Ornament DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments DIY Nativity Candle Jar Sleeve Chalkboard Charger Inspiration + Giveaway Christmas Countodwn Festive Advent Christmas Decor AND A Giveaway! All Hearts Go Home Luminarias DIY Christmas Coasters Vinyl Wood Slice Ornaments Some People are Worth Melting For Olaf (Frozen Inspired) Ornament Personalized Pajamas with HTV 3D Reindeer Shield Decoration Trendy Christmas Cards with Silhouette + Free Cut Files Let It Snow Mitten Banner Deer Silhouette Elf on the Shelf Wardrobe Simple Ornaments Stenciled Santa Sack Put on your Yamika! Reindeer Photo Ornament Christmas Card DIY Nativity Shadowboxes Monogrammed Drop Cloth Christmas Tree Skirt Canvas Wall Art for the Holidays

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Silhouette Giveaway!

And as awesome as my display is, I’ve saved the best for last. In partnership with Silhouette America, the Silhouette Challenge participants are hosting a mega-huge giveaway for not one…but two winners! The prizes up for grabs?

Silhouette Challenge giveaway

First prize: The NEW Silhouette Cameo Machine and Designer Edition Super Bundle! $406.93 value.

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Designer Edition Software
  • Dust Cover
  • $25 Download Card
  • Four Essential Silhouette Tools (hook, spatula, scraper, pick-me-up™)

Second prize: Silhouette Portrait Machine and Rhinestone Starter Kit! $219.98 value.

Pretty sweet, right? We want you to have the chance to get that Silhouette machine that might still be on your wish list.

To enter: just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below or at this link. Because of the many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 42 potential entries, which means a lot of winning power. So, hurry up and enter!

{This giveaway runs from today through Monday, December 15th at 11:59p eastern and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older with a U.S. or Canada mailing address. You can read the rest of the terms and conditions in the widget below.}

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  1. Kerri KC

    Oh WOW! Those are gorgeous!

  2. Tara

    That is a seriously intricate design! But it turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kat@Home. Made. Interest.

    These are beautiful, what a great decoration. Now I’m going to have to find the design so I can make some myself! 🙂

  4. Carolyn

    Pretty. I love those silvery trees!

  5. Carrie

    These are seriously awesome! One thing I love about using the Silhouette is how impressive even the simplest designs or materials can look when they are finished. These are great!

  6. Pam - GetSilvered

    I just love how you’ve put your display together – with the logs, the silver trees and the pine cones, your whole village scene looks absolutely stunning.

  7. ChiWei

    Thank you so much Pam! I’m usually really bad with vignettes, so your comments means a ton to me!

  8. ChiWei

    Thank you Carrie!

  9. ChiWei

    Thanks Carolyn!

  10. ChiWei

    Oh shoot, I didn’t link it! I’ll fix that now, thanks for letting me know!

  11. ChiWei

    It was really intricate, but definitely was easier than I thought to put together.

  12. ChiWei

    Thank you so much!

  13. Laura Conklin

    I just discovered your beautiful blog from a link from One Crafty Chica. I signed up for email posts. So happy I found your wonderfully designed blog!

  14. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    This turned out beautifully, ChiWei…but I think the icing on the cake is how well you styled it. Having some up high on the wood blocks plus the added silver trees and pine cones…it just makes it such a romantic Christmas scene. Well done, my dear! Thanks so much for joining in on the December Silhouette Challenge and Giveaway, and adding so much creativity into the mix.

  15. Melanie

    It’s amazing all the things that a Silhouette can do!

  16. Helen Gullett

    These houses are gorgeous, ChiWwi! Love the white theme 🙂

  17. ChiWei

    Thanks Helen!

  18. ChiWei

    I know, seriously!

  19. ChiWei

    Thanks Lauren! I wouldn’t want to live up in the house on the wood block though, since I’d have to plow all that road 🙂 So happy to join in on the fun this month, and thank you for organizing it!

  20. ChiWei

    Thank you so much!

  21. Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    I am seriously in love with these, ChiWei! I just added the village shapes to my Silhouette Wishlist! The designs look great, but I second what Lauren said, your styling just makes them look so perfectly cozy!!

  22. Marji Roy

    Hello Chiwei, What a beautiful job you did in making and setting up Tea Light Village”. I am the designer behind the project. Thank you for this wonderful blog post about it. I want your readers to know that the files are available from the Silhouette Store but also from my site – ( I sell the entire village as a group for only $4.99 on They come in svg, dfx, and pdf format. People with cutting machines other than the Silhouette can use these files on their machine. Silhouette people that have Design Studio can also use these as long as they are comfortable with the svg import. But everyone should know that I have in-depth tutorials on how to assemble all the files here: These are complicated cut files but the machine takes care of that. They are very easy to put together and a great introduction into 3d paper craft. My tutorials are lengthy and full of photos. So come on over and ale a look! Happy crafting everyone.

  23. ChiWei

    Thanks Marji! Your village is so beautiful and detailed. I found the flaps for glueing to be pretty self explanatory but did need help with the steeple. Great design!

  24. Marji Roy

    Hello Chewei, What a beautiful blog and what a gorgeous job you did on my Tea light village. You should know that tea light village is designed by me – Marji Roy of The village has updates – there was an update in 2015 that included the Saltbox and Gambrel roof houses and a rose arbour, and an update in 2106 that included the Gazebo, Dormer House and Meeting hall. The entire set is available at my website in one download for $8.59. That is much cheaper than buying all the individual files through the SIL store. It is available in SVG,PDF, png and dxf formats so folks with many other cutting machines can create it as well. Co here for the files and here for a complete set of tutorials – The updates are also available separately.

  25. Rose

    I wish these were in SVG format to cut them on a cricut machine. I love these, they are beautiful

  26. Save From

    I made this village, probably around 20 years ago, give or take a year and they are JUST now getting tired looking! I’m so excited to find this website and the plans. I plan on reviving the houses that I have and making some new ones (the Church fell completely apart this year) and then I am going to make my sisters and my mother, villages because they have always loved my village and I think it would make a great gift! These were SO much fun to make, I remember. They are so much more portable and storable than the porcelain village houses that you can buy everwhere and so unique. I highly recommend these, if you are crafty and enjoy this kind of thing. One question I have, does anyone know what weight chipboard to use? I don’t remember and it doesn’t say it here. Thanks

  27. 10insta

    Lovely Thanks for sharing.

  28. Mehul Modi

    Awesome 🙂

  29. James

    I made the small house and it looked nothing like the picture. My roof was sideways so I could not attach the top window. I had no attachments for the door or the Christmas wreath on the door. Very disappointing.

  30. Elisa Frag

    I would say this is an amazing 3d sketch I will surely try it

  31. Dan Burns

    Great blog!!! I really enjoy reading it . . .

  32. betty lodges

    beautiful blog

  33. Peter Shimming

    Another awesome art I’ve seen on internet and I think it took a lot of effort to build up this card board house

  34. 192.168.l.l

    Thanks for your valuable information and insights.

  35. anjalisharma

    Thank you for excellent article.Great information for new guy like me

  36. InstaFinsta

    Wow! you are so much creative and talented.

  37. FunkyFonts

    Love this…


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