Will the Kitschmas Krafty Kraziness never end, here on Retro Renovation? What can I say: It’s a blog, so it tracks my obsessions. And right now, I am a Massachusetts elf living on a diet of hot cocoa and brownies, on an insane sugar high enamored of vintage Christmas ornaments. Today: Another idea from the epic Georgia Peachez: What to do with all those empty vintage ornament boxes once your wreath is made? Use them to create shadowbox dioramas. Krafty Kate has brought out my competitive streak (I am a first-born), so I am super proud of the three dioramas I made — including the little Shiny Brite box diorama above. Santa approves. Heck yeah there is more →
Loads of character and original vintage charm can be found in this 1955 time capsule — an amazing mid century house in Fircrest, Washington — offered for sale by realtor Diane Lucas of Keller Williams Realty. Diane contacted us directly just before posting this listing — sounds like word is out that we are famous for our time capsule houses — we now have 80 in our archive! At just 1,300 sq. ft., this modest-sized mid-century house packs a big decor punch: Its features include curved glass block walls, slate flooring, angular brick exterior, a fantastic original steel kitchen complete with vintage Kenmore sink-dishwasher combo, a pink bathroom — and more. Click on through, we have 24 large photos in our gallery –>
Katiedoodle is amazing and now has completed a second wave of midcentury style putz houses for readers to make and add to their retro vintage Christmas decor. For each of the six designs, Kate provides a downloadable pattern and examples of her design, which you can customize to your heart’s content.
- #1 — Ranch house putz house pattern — includes DIY instructions and resource list for all six designs
- #2 — Mid century A-frame putz house pattern
- #3 — Ranch house putz house pattern
- #4 — Split-level putz house pattern
- #5 — Storybook ranch putz house pattern
- #6 — Tom Thumb Cape Cod putz house pattern.
- And, read about the history of vintage putz houses — aka glitter houses, Christmas villages, etc. — here.
With so many readers ohhh-ing and ahhh-ing over the 740 s.f. “Tom Thumb” Cape Cod American dream house that we recently featured, it made sense to offer a similarly styled Putz pattern. Since all five of my other Putz patterns are modeled after homes from the 1950s-1970s, throwing in some 1940s action also is a fun way to mix up the “neighborhood.” Put a sharp blade on your X-acto knife, because you’ll need it to cut out all the tiny window panes on this adorable cottage. Heck yeah there is more →