Home For Christmas by Thienly Azim

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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
 3D Wintergreens
 Free SVG File 3D Bow 2/25/12

Supplies Used

  • Cardstock – Bazzill and AC Cardstock
  • Vellum
  • 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

Dimensions

House

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_panels1.svg 10.3" w white
roof_panels2.svg 11.4" w light black
siding_tower.svg (*) 3.6" w dark grey
roof_tower.svg 10.2" w white
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
house_back.svg 11.4" w white
vellum.svg 8.2" w vellum
vellum2.svg 2.8" w vellum
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
columns_bottom.svg 10.6" w white
base1.svg 11.4" w white
base2.svg 11.4" w white
base3.svg 11.4" w white

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

House Decorations

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
mailbox1.svg 1.225" w brown
mailbox2.svg 1.425" w brown
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
Scottie Dog
dog.svg 5.0" w tan
sweater.svg 5.0" w brown
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree SVG Collection
house_greenery.svg 7.5" w moss green
sled_top.svg 1.7" w dark brown
sled_bottom.svg 1.7" w tan
woman_black.svg 1.6" w black
mistle_toe_bottom.svg 1.2" w dark green
Winter Bliss SVG Collection
icicles_long.svg 4.5" w white
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
tree_bottom.svg 5.0" w black
December Gifts SVG Kit (Chimney Container)
tan1.svg 4.0" w white
tan2.svg 4.0" w white
tan3.svg 4.0" w white
red_pattern.svg 4.0" w light black
top_pattern.svg 4.0" w white
3D Wintergreens SVG Kit 5.0" w (cut 4) moss green
evergreen_ferny.svg
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

Instructions

How to Change the Windows:

  1. Open the original house base, for example house1.svg.
  2. 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.
  3. Break apart the house1.svg and delete the original arched window, leaving the rectangle.
  4. 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)
  5. Place this siding piece on top of the house1.svg, exactly where it would be.
  6. Select the siding piece and the rectangle and make a copy. ‘Regroup’ the copy and put it over to the side.
  7. Delete the siding piece and you should be left with the rectangle piece for the top window in house1.svg, and ‘regroup’.
  8. You have now changed one of the windows successfully! Repeat with all other windows.
  9. 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

  1. Cut all the pieces of the house and assemble. (To keep the project simple, you may want to keep the original arched windows.)
  2. 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.
  3. Shutters – emboss the smaller rectangle piece and adhere onto the bigger rectangle. This forms one shutter. Repeat with the rest of the shutters.
  4. Cut icicles and cover with glitter. Let dry and attach to the house.
  5. Cut lights and assemble. Add glossy accents to each bulb to add shine. Do 2 coats, let it dry and attach to the house.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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!

Design Tips

Thienly - SVGCuts Design Team Artist

  • 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!


10 Responses to “Home For Christmas by Thienly Azim”

  1. Jammy Huber July 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    very nice I started a Christmas house also I even bought real little lights to incorporate on the porch roof,I haven’t gotten to finish it yet because I am on my 6 day stretch for work will be back to it this weekend though Yours is wonderful!

  2. Paper Crazy Lady July 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Wow, Thienly! You are one creative and talented lady. You’ve done a great job of changing “seasons” on this project, and an amazing job of combining different collections to suit your needs. This is so very cute!

  3. Denise July 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Love this, I am currently working on making my file so i can cut this out but i had a question. When it comes to sizing on the house house2.svg is the only one that is not the same size as you stated. It comes up as 11.2 should i re-size this to the 11.4? Will it fit correctly since none of the other items have to be re-sized? The paper i want to use for this is very old and cannot find it anywhere now so i want to be sure before i cut this out that I have it correct, i have just enough for this project. I also want to thank you for sharing your creativity. I love the work all you ladies do, I have to say though I do tend to like yours the best. Thank you for sharing just a glimpse of your creative moments with us.

    • Danielle October 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Denise- I have not made this yet. But I would cut the piece that is resized on plain piece of paper and see how it fits. That way you don’t waste you special paper. Just a thought. Good Luck.
      Daniele

  4. Deebi27 July 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Thienly, This is an amazing piece of art work and anyone who celebrates the Christmas holiday would love to have this as added decoration. This is fabulous!

  5. Penny October 25, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    I am a little confused about changing the windows and where I get the rectangle shape from. It show the basic shapes library. when I type that in it comes up with many rectangles. Which one do I choose?

    • Thienly October 25, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      Hello! Not sure what cutting machine you are using but here’s a quick how-to on changing the windows.

      For example, to change the windows on house1.svg

      1. Open up one of the windows and ‘make compound path’ to reveal cutting lines. ‘Release compound path’ and delete the outside frame border. Place it to the side.

      2. Open house1.svg. Leave it the way it is. (No cutting lines) Bring in the decorative panel (for example – siding_lower.svg) that corresponds to the house1.svg and ‘make compound path.’ only for that file (not the house1.svg) This converts to a cutting file. Now, ‘release compound path’ for that same decorative panel, breaking apart each of the elements.

      3. Take the rectangle panel only and place it directly above the house1.svg file where it should be. Now, using the window location of the house1.svg as a guide, place the townhouse window on top of the original window location. It won’t have the same measurement size, but make sure that the new window is placed centered on that original window.

      4. Now, select that rectangle decorative panel and the window and make a ‘copy’. Group the ‘copy’ and put it to the side. (or you can cut it)

      5. Delete the decorative panel rectangle left on the house1.svg leaving only the window.

      6. Now, select the house1.svg file, ‘make coupound path’ and ‘release compound path’ to delete the original window. Reselect the file and regroup.

      7. Repeat for all the windows.

      As for the rectangles – any rectangle, square is fine! Just make sure that the dimensions match what I have on the chart and they should all come up to the same size!

      If there are any more questions, or want further clarification, or have trouble on the eclips – e-mail me: thienly.azim@gmail.com and I can help you out!

      Can’t wait to see your house! Hope that you’ll share it with us!

  6. Dana Desmond October 30, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    I have been thinking about making a Christmas village. This is the perfect inspiration I needed. Love it!

  7. Cindy Reid August 22, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Dear Mary & Leo,

    Would you be willing to make a file for sale with all the particular files/cuts used in this beautiful house? Sure would make it easier, and I bet it would sell like crazy!!

  8. Barbara August 25, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    Hi, I am having a really hard time, breaking apart the house etc, to change the windows. I have read your comments above and still do not understand. I bought this SVG file, because of the changes you have made. You have done a beautiful job, very talented. I am using Cricut Explore. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.