Learn How to Make a Paper Church Christmas Village with This Free Cricut Template and Tutorial
Looking for a Christmas craft to display in your house this season? Well, this Christmas church is meant to be displayed and pairs great with the Christmas village collection. It measures 5.5" across and comes with a steeple piece and a festive wreath with an adorable bow.
This Christmas Church is one of the four Christmas village designs, which includes a house, condo, and farmhouse.
This design has cutouts for tissue or translucent foil paper to put behind the window cutouts and illuminates LED lights.
I teamed up with JOANN to bring you this tutorial and help you find all of the supplies you'll need for this project. JOANN is my one-stop-shop for all of my sewing needs.
What Type of Paper Should I Use?
I recommend using sturdier cardstock such as 80lbs for the base of the building. Using this weight of cardstock will hold the structure of the building instead of letting it tip over. For the details, you don't necessarily need to use heavier cardstock. Instead, use lightweight cardstock such as 65lbs.
I used glitter cardstock for the base of the church. When using textured cardstock, it can be harder to see where the score lines are. To make them visible, place your cardstock face down on the mat, tape it into place, and mirror the image in Design Space before cutting.
How Much Paper Do I Need?
Church Pieces: 2 Pieces of 12 x 12" Cardstock
Roof Pieces: 1 Piece of 12 x 12" Cardstock
Details (Door & Window Trims): 1 Piece of 12 x 12" Cardstock
Wreath: 1 Piece of 12 x 12" or 8.5 x 11" Cardstock
- Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, or Other Cutting Machine
- StandardGrip Mat
- Cardstock 65-80 lbs
- Fine-Point Blade
- Scraper Tool
- Scoring Wheel Tip & Housing or Scoring Stylus
- LED Candles
- Hot Glue or Craft Glue
Table of Contents
Upload Christmas Church SVG File
Before making this Christmas craft, we need to upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space.
After downloading the SVG file, Create A New Project and click Upload.
Once uploaded to your canvas, change some of the cut lines into score lines by clicking on a line (if the line's fill color is red- it's a score line) and changing the operation from Basic Cut into Score in the top left corner of Design Space.
Attach the score lines to their respective pieces in the bottom right panel.
Step One: Cutout All Christmas Church Pieces
Load your mat with cardstock into your cutting machine and cut out all church pieces switching between the fine-point blade and scoring wheels.
Christmas Paper Church Consists Of:
2 Building Pieces
1 Steeple Piece
2 Steeple Roof Pieces
1 Roof Piece
4 Extra Church (Foil or Tissue Paper) Cutouts
14 Window Trims
2 Wreath Pieces & 1 Bow
Step Two: Fold Christmas Church Pieces
Start by folding all pieces with score lines. Everything but the window trims have score lines.
Step Three: Add Details
After folding, glue window trims to window cutouts, and then apply glue to the side tab of the door piece. Attach it to the underside of the entrance piece with the door facing inward.
(Optional): Glue on Extra Cutouts
You don't have to use the extra cutouts, but if you're going to use LED lights to make this project shine, use a translucent material or tissue paper for the house cutouts behind the windows to illuminate the lights.
Align cutouts to their corresponding pieces and glue them into place.
Step Four: Assemble Church Pieces
To assemble the church, add the separate roof piece to the top. While doing so, make sure the square cutouts are aligned.
Next, take the two house pieces, apply glue to the side tabs and attach them to the adjoining sides. Fold the roof over the top four tabs and join it to the other side of the church.
Step Five: Assemble Steeple
While everything is drying, let's assemble the steeple structure. Apply glue to the side tab of the steeple piece and connect the sides together.
After making the steeple structure, we need to add the roof. Take the two triangular roof pieces and glue the one without tabs onto of the one that does.
Once dried, apply glue to the side tab and secure it to the other side of the piece. Then, glue the two bottom tabs of this roof piece to the inside of the steeple piece.
Tip: Use clips to keep the pieces in place while it dries.
Step Six: Add Steeple
The next step is to add the steeple to the church. To do this, take the assembled steeple and apply glue to the two bottom tabs. Then, adhere it to the underside of the square cutout. The tabs should be to the sides of the fold of the roof.
Step Seven: Add Final Detail
To finish this Christmas craft, take the two wreath pieces, glue them together, and place the bow on top. Then, place your wreath above the doorway, and with that final detail added, this paper Christmas Church is finished.
To display this, light it up with some twinkling lights and pair it with the rest of the Christmas village designs! I decided to surround the village with green and blue paper trees and a cute bench design, both of which are included in the collection, to give the village color.
Looking for more Christmas Village tutorials? Click here for the church, house, and condo.
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