Saturday, December 10, 2011

Folded Cardstock Village

Painting by Carl Valente can be ordered here.

One of the most searched for patterns on Lillibeth's Blog is the paper village that can be made into a card or just used for a decoration. Well, now she has a new one here that you can print out and enjoy. Also at The Pleasant Times blog are available the pattern for the chandelier ornament, a key, and other craft patterns from years gone by that I designed when I was her craft editor,  that are still used a lot today.

Look at Part 2 of the village here.

These are photos of the little cardstock village standing on a surface in the kitchen. It looks like a real town.

Part 3 is here. I've seen it up close for real, and it is dimensional and fascinating, with all kinds of nice details.

Part 4 is here.

Part 5 is here.


Anonymous said...

The village on your daughter's blog is quite delightful. Only I do not get the village to print out when I click on the here button. I get a "Google Docs page". I printed the meeting house from the actual posting. She did not include the drawing of the village shops on the posting so I am unable to get the drawings at all. I hope you can use this information, as I would especially like to make this little village she is doing.
Question, are you just bursting with admiration to have a daughter who is so creative and talented in a good way. I wonder at some of the current stars I hear about sometimes on the news, and at how their mothers might be dealing with the bizarre behavior of their daughters.
I'm looking forward to the houses and the countryside sections of the village, which can be made with paper. Isn't that a hoot in this overly materalistic world.

Lillibeth said...

Hello Anon.,

You should be seeing a google docs page when you click on the link I provided. Once you are on the google docs page, look for "file" on the left side, and then go to that "file" menu to "print."

It (hopefully!) will print on your 8.5 x 11 card stock or paper just fine from that point.

This is the best way to do it; the picture your printed from will not be a clear or detailed as the google doc.

I hope that helps! I tried to put those instructions in the newest post.


Lydia said...

To the first comment, thanks for writing about this. I have always said that if we do not teach girls how to use their hands in the home to sew, cook, craft, draw, write, read appropriate literature, clean house, decorate or do something really creative that has lasting value, they will use their hands for vice. I see girls standing around in groups with cigarettes and electronic equipment and wonder if they have any occupation that will give them contentment beyond their youth. Even sports has its limits, as there will be times when a person is not able to be physically active. But something like drawing and planning houses, or making things, can be there even when a girl is not feeling well. There is a new village section up on The Pleasant Times blog today so I hope you will go and see it. All year long, people are doing searches for these folding villages, and today I hope she gets a lot of visits on this one.
It all began when she was a little girl and the very first issue of Victoria came out on the newsstands. In the back was a house plan for a Victorian style house you could order. She took graph paper and began to draw the floor plan of the house we were living in at the time, a miniature colonial style on a farm in Texas. After that, I bought as many house plan magazines as I could and she looked into the details of each one, spending hours just looking at the drawings and the sketches of the house. This was back in the days before there was a lot of curriculum for homeschoolers available and I had to rely on what I could find that would expand the knowledge and the creativity of my homeschool children. Sometimes we made paper doll scenes by drawing a house and folding it so that it stood up.

If you or your children need something quiet to do or are recuperating from illness, try cutting and coloring these houses, and be sure to read the suggestions on her blog.

Anonymous said...

Anon 608 (again)

Thanks for the instructions, my daughter helped me likely just when you were adding to the comments. I have some very nice ceramic houses, and some of the little houses from the Dollar store and Wal-Mart. I simply adore the houses you have done probably because I so like crafting. And thanks (honestly) for the sentence about your daughter folding houses from magazines. I still have one of the builder’s rendition drawing for my own house, and it too will be in the little village I am making. What a nice Christmas Eve project this would be to make.

Lydia said...

I have added post 3 and for links for the village! It is sitting here on a ledge in my dining room and up close it is very nice. I like the coarse glitter the best, which makes the snow stand out. Fine glitter and the more sparkly glitter does not seem to work as well on this project, so stick to the large flakes of white glitter.

Lydia said...

I have added "Heart Felt and Home Made", to my blog roll.

Anonymous said...

I do not know whether it's just me or if perhaps everyone else experiencing issues with your blog. It looks like some of the written text on your posts are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them too? This may be a problem with my web browser because I've had this happen previously. Kudos

Anonymous said...

I would love to make this little village and also tried to print it out several times but each time I got a Google redirect loop page and wasn't able to print it. Says it has resulted in too many redirects?I tried from the original blog posts as well and it didn't work.

Is there another way to do it?

Thank you,

Lydia said...

email Lillibeth and she will send you something via email to print.

Lillibeth said...

Hello Jane,

I have no idea why you are getting that message, or how to fix it! If your email can take large files, you can email me and I will send you the documents directly.
thepleasanttimes (at)


Anonymous said...

This is just wonderful. I'm going to send this post to one of my daughters, who really enjoys crafting with paper. She'll love it, I know!


Barbara Jean said...

adorable village!
Off to see more of what you listed.
thanks so much!!

barbara jean

Far Above Rubies said...

This is delightful. Thank you so much, Lydia.

I'm taking a week off from blogging and wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas.



Lydia said...

I hope to sit down long enough to make a few more posts this month!