For most of the 3D items, one can customize to any holiday or theme depending on the papers, colors and the embellishments used. I had so much fun turning the spooky Maple Manor into a festive Christmas house.
SVG Collections Used
Maple Manor SVG Kit
Townhouse Windows SVG Mini Pack
Clara’s Christmas Strips SVG Collection
For My Valentine SVG Kit
Happy Thanks SVG Kit
Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree SVG Collection
Winter Bliss SVG Collection
Comet’s Candy Land SVG Collection
December Gifts SVG Kit
Free SVG File 3D Bow 2/25/12
- Cardstock – Bazzill and AC Cardstock
- Embossing Folders – Cuttlebug Stripes (siding), Cuttlebug Polka Dots (door mat), QuicKutz Nautical Stripe (shutters)
- Snow Glitter Flakes
- Mod Podge (any glue that dries transparent is okay)
- Buttons (wreath)
- Trims (red striped and red glitter trim)
- Pearls (greenery decoration)
- Gems (greenery decoration)
- Brad (for the door knob)
- Black Cord (dog leash)
- Glitter (I used Stickles – icicles)
- Glossy Accents (light bulbs)
- Foam Squares (used behind the fence)
- Scotch Quick Dry Glue
- Heat Glue
|Maple Manor SVG Kit (Maple Manor) To alter windows - you will need to change all files marked with (*)|
|shutters_door.svg (door cuts only)||11.0" w||light black, brown|
|window_frames (attic window frames and door only)||11.4" w||white|
|roof_panels2.svg||11.4" w||light black|
|siding_tower.svg (*)||3.6" w||dark grey|
|house1.svg (*)||11.4" w||white|
|house_tower1.svg (*)||8.3" w||white|
|house_tower2.svg (*)||8.5" w||white|
|house2.svg (*)||11.4" w||white|
|house3.svg (*)||8.7" w||white|
|back_flap_panel.svg||8.2" w||dark grey|
|siding_upper.svg (*)||10.5" w||tan|
|siding_lower.svg (*)||11.0" w||light brown|
|porch.svg||11.4" w||white, light black|
Optional Altered Windows
|Townhouse Windows SVG Mini Pack|
|1.svg (upper siding and upper tower windows)||1.5" w (cut 7)||white|
|3.svg (lower siding windows)||1.25" w (cut 6)||white|
|3.svg (lower tower windows)||1.2" w x 1.75" h (cut 2)||white|
|1_bottom.svg (upper siding and upper tower window)||1.5" w (cut 7)||vellum|
|3_bottom.svg (lower siding windows)||1.25" w (cut 6)||vellum|
|3_bottom.svg (lower tower window)||1.2" w x 1.75" h (cut 2)||vellum|
|Basic Shapes Library (replace all arched windows for the above (*) files with these rectangles - do both house and siding layers)|
|horizontal rectangle (upper siding and upper tower windows - for house1, 2 and 3.svg and house_tower1.svg)||1.2" w x 1.6" w||-|
|horizontal rectangle (lower siding windows - for house 1, 2 and 3.svg)||0.85" w x 2.25" w||-|
|horizontal rectangle (lower tower window - for house_tower1.svg)||0.85" w x 1.65" w||-|
|horizontal rectangle (upper siding and upper tower windows shutters)||0.35" w x 1.35" h on 0.5" w x 1.5" h||dark grey|
|horizontal rectangle (lower siding windows shutters)||0.3" w x 1.95" h on 0.45" w x 2.1" h||dark grey|
|horizontal rectangle (lower tower windows shutters)||0.25" w x 1.35" h on 0.4" w x 1.5" h||dark grey|
|Clara's Christmas Strips SVG Collection|
|swag_middle.svg||7.5" w||dark green|
|For My Valentine SVG Kit|
|Lollipop Garden Project|
|fence.svg||5.25" w (cut 3 - didn't use the decorative boards)||white|
|Valentine Mail Box|
|Happy Thanks SVG Kit (Pilgrim Hat)|
|hat.svg (planter)||3.25" w (only the top lid cut is needed)||light black|
|Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit (Cardinal Hideaway)|
|bird.svg||3.5" w||deep red|
|blacks.svg||3.5" w||metallic black|
|Rockin Around the Christmas Tree SVG Collection|
|house_greenery.svg||7.5" w||moss green|
|sled_top.svg||1.7" w||dark brown|
|mistle_toe_bottom.svg||1.2" w||dark green|
|Winter Bliss SVG Collection|
|icicles_medium.svg||1.75" w (cut 6)||white|
|icicles_short.svg||1.0" w (cut 3)||white|
|Comet's Candy Land SVG Collection|
|lights_top.svg||5.0" w||dark green|
|lights_bottom1.svg||5.0" w||various colors|
|December Gifts SVG Kit (Chimney Container)|
|red_pattern.svg||4.0" w||light black|
|3D Wintergreens SVG Kit||5.0" w (cut 4)||moss green|
|SVG Basic Shapes Library||1.35" w x 0.6" h||tan|
|horizontal rectangle (door mat)||1.5" w x 0.75" h||deep red|
|horizontal rectangle (door mat)|
|Free SVG File - 3D Bow||3.5" w||deep red|
How to Change the Windows:
- Open the original house base, for example house1.svg.
- Place the rectangle (1.2”w x 1.6”h) on top of the original upper window, making sure that it is centered and the bottom is aligned.
- Break apart the house1.svg and delete the original arched window, leaving the rectangle.
- Open the siding_upper.svg, break apart, and find one that corresponds to the house1.svg (the one with one window) and select the outer rectangle only (without the window)
- Place this siding piece on top of the house1.svg, exactly where it would be.
- Select the siding piece and the rectangle and make a copy. ‘Regroup’ the copy and put it over to the side.
- Delete the siding piece and you should be left with the rectangle piece for the top window in house1.svg, and ‘regroup’.
- You have now changed one of the windows successfully! Repeat with all other windows.
- Cut the windows from the Townhouse Windows SVG Collection, adhere the vellum behind the window, and attach them onto the outer siding of the house.
Completing the House
- Cut all the pieces of the house and assemble. (To keep the project simple, you may want to keep the original arched windows.)
- For the base of the house – I attached the house right to the back where the base ends. This makes the fence seem more realistic as it gives a bit more room between the house and the fence.
- Shutters – emboss the smaller rectangle piece and adhere onto the bigger rectangle. This forms one shutter. Repeat with the rest of the shutters.
- Cut icicles and cover with glitter. Let dry and attach to the house.
- Cut lights and assemble. Add glossy accents to each bulb to add shine. Do 2 coats, let it dry and attach to the house.
- Cut all the rest of the embellishment files that would attach onto the house, assemble and adhere. For the plant inside the planter – roll up 2 of the evergreen_ferny.svg into a ball (doesn’t have to be perfect!) and adhere into the planter. Repeat for the other pot.
- Adding snow – using any glue that dries transparent – adhere snow glitter onto the house. Don’t add too much glue as it may warp the house. (DO NOT adhere glitter to the sides of the base, as the fence needs to be attached)
- Cut fence and attach 3 of them together, leaving you with 2 long strips. Adding foam squares behind each of the fence boards, and attach them onto the base of the house. I placed the fence so that the first 5 faces the front. With that – you should be left with 2 boards, which I cut off. Repeat with the other side.
- Adhere the rest of the embellishments; mailbox, cardinal, dog and sled. Don’t forget about adding in the silhouette of a woman and the tree inside the house, too!
- You DO NOT need all the kits/collections above unless you want to make it exactly the same. I’ve used many various files to hopefully show how you can take different items to add to your main project.
- Choose papers wisely – if you are thinking of adding in many embellishments, it is recommended that you stay with plain color or simple patterned papers. Otherwise, it will get very busy, and your beautiful embellishments will not stand out.
- Embossing the paper is a good alternative to a patterned paper, yet keeping it simple. I used 3 different folders for this project: one for the lower house siding, one for the shutters, and another for the door mat.
- Various ‘non-paper’ embellishments can add interest to a project. For example, instead of using the ribbon cut for the wreath, I added a trim. I also replaced a 2D bow with a 3D bow on the greenery that spans the front.
- Different media can add to a project as well. I added glossy accents onto the lights to make it more sparkly and round like a light bulb. Glitter stickles were used to accent the icicles, and snow glitter was adhered to the house to add more ‘winter’ effect.
- Take your time when assembling and adding various elements. Make sure that each tab stays in place before gluing the next. This is a BIG project and will allow all the pieces to fit perfectly together and have a clean look at the end.
As you can see, by changing the papers and the embellishments, you can completely change the original Halloween look to any theme or holiday. I hope that this inspires you to think creatively and to add your own touch to this already amazing manor!