t1is012 ~ Miniature Train Village

Tools for Assembling Paper Mini’s Kit:

  • Metal straight-edge (ruler). Make fold lines by pressing against the edge of the ruler.
  • White craft glue that is a “quick grab” “clear dry” type of glue.
  • X-acto blade tool and fresh blade
  • A true cutting mat
  • Small artist brush with which to paint on glue
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to squeeze work glue onto. This will act as your glue pot
  • Scissors
  • Small detailing scissors, a.k.a. as embroidery snips
  • Small black office clips
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton Swab
  • Optional: 1/16" paper hole punch

Box is available in Paper Minis Printie CD

Buildings Assembly
1. All the buildings are assembled in the same manner. Select the schoolhouse building to start. Cut out all pieces and fold on all fold lines. The roof has three folds in it. The bell tower should be cut as one long rectangle and folded in half.

2. Form the building piece into an opened-top box.

3. Use the small artist’s paint brush and paint glue to the four wall tabs Apply the glue to the printed side of the tabs. Press the tabs against the respective wall’s inside blank surface .

4. Glue the blank sides of the roof together. This forms a completely lined roof that is folded in the center. Use the blade tool to cut the slit twice to make sure the bell tower’s tab will fit.

5. Paint glue to the white tabs found along the open top side of the schoolhouse building. Place the roof on these tabs, centering it to have slight overhang on each side.

6. Glue the blank sides of the bell tower together. When dry, detail cut carefully around it’s perimeter with the blade tool. Slip the tab down into the roof slit.

7. Repeat all steps for the house of worship, for it is identical to the schoolhouse.

8. Assemble the houses and café following the above steps without a tower slit.

Silo Assembly
1. Cut out the two pieces. Fold at the fold lines of the small tabs found at the top of the silo.

2. Wind the long end of the silo into a tube to the point that the tabs form a complete circle. Glue the end of the silo edge against itself (glue along the height of the silo). The winding into a tube gives the silo sides strength.

3. Again, use the paint brush and paint glue along the edge of the silo roof where the word "glue" is found. Wind the roof into a shallow cone to fit onto the silo.

4. Place glue onto the top sides of the small tabs found on the top of the silo and press the roof onto these tabs.

Tree Assembly
1. Assembly for all trees is the same. Cut the rectangle found around one of the trees.

2. Begin at one end and accordion fold down the center of the trees and smaller rectangles. Tree panels should meet back-to-back.

3. Paint glue to the back sides of the tree panels and press to form a three sided upright tree.

4. Detail cut around the outline of the tree Repeat steps for all the trees.

Animal Stand-Ups
1. Cut out animals in just their basic shapes.

2. Fold in half and then fold the foot stands upward.

3. Paint glue to the blank sides of the animals (do not glue the flaps that make the stands).

4. Press blank sides together. Make sure the stand's flaps are at a 90 degree angle to the animals.

5. Detail cut around the animals’ bodies.

Train Assembly
1. Cut out the locomotive sides and locomotive box, and fold at all fold lines to create a rectangular box.

2. Glue all the tabs to complete the locomotive box.

3. Wrap the locomotive skin around the box and glue into place. Take care to glue it at the same height all around so that the wheels touch down evenly and the locomotive isn't leaning.

4. Fold locomotive cab into a box and glue tabs in place. Glue cab to top of locomotive.

5. Tightly roll the long chimney piece so that it fits nicely on the front of the locomotive and glue end. Hold in place until it dries.

6. Glue chimney onto the front flat surface of the locomotive. Paint the top rough edge with black paint, if desired.

7. Take the cow catcher and place a dot of glue to the blank side on the left and right. Press against the front left and right sides of the locomotive box front.

8. For train cars, create boxes as you did for the locomotive. Then glue side panels in place.

9. The caboose has a little tower. Make the cube and glue to the middle on top of the caboose car.

10. Fold the roof for the caboose tower and glue side tab--it creates a little pyramid type shape. Paint glue to the inside blank area of the roof and press onto the tower box.

11. Cut out all the latches. Fold in half and glue blank sides together and allow to dry.

12. Use the 1/16” hole punch and punch a hole in latches where designated. Use a blade tool if you don’t have a hole punch. If you're using a blade tool, cut a cross + to touch N.E.S.W. edge of circle. Then cut each quadrant away.

13. Glue the black latch to the back underside of the locomotive. The hole should extend out away from train car. Make sure that each latch that is glued in place will have clearance for the connective brad included in the kit.

14. Glue the yellow latches to each underside end of the yellow car and glue the blue latches to each underside end of the blue car.

15. Glue the red latch to the front underside of the caboose.

16. Connect the train cars together using the brads.


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