• Vintage style putz house Holiday Crafting DIY — Kate’s third design

    putz houseRetroCraftyArtsyFartsyOne is a house, two makes neighbors, and three is a neighborhood — which is why I didn’t stop at just two mid century inspired putz style houses. Here for your viewing and building pleasure — retro ranch house number three — with link to my free downloadable pattern at the end of this story. Now we can all have mid century neighborhoods on our mantels this holiday season. I’ll make more designs for the subdivision in 2013. Click on through for House #3 and the rest of the patterns –>

    retro-christmas-ranch-house-putzThis retro ranch home has a few additional fun features — like the wrap around corner windows shown above.

    retro-christmas-mid-century-houseWe have this style of window in our house — making it a fun feature to add to the latest mini ranch.

    retro-christmas-house-cardboardAnother fun detail — the doorway is set back further under the roofline. This creates a little porch area and gives more dimension to the house. (Note: when scoring the cardboard for this fold, you’ll have to do the backside instead of the front — see note on printable pattern.)

    Three-mcm-putz-housesThe three of these mid century mini houses make a lovely little neighborhood, don’t they?

    retro-putz-houses-on-mantelMaybe I’ll do a few of these mid century style putz house patterns every year until the whole mantel is full.


    Who else is building all three? You can download my third and final (at least for this year) pattern below.


    I’d love to see how your mini ranch putz houses turned out — if you built your own house or mini neighborhood, email me a photo at retrorenovationkate@gmail.com.

    Make them all! Here are the links to all my miniature holiday house designs:

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    1. Kate these are so wonderful and charming. They look great on your mantel. Well done!

    2. Kate,

      My friend and I made ranch #1 and the A-frame last weekend. Both were so fun and most of my friends and family are wanting them for Christmas, haha! I am loving this final installment and look forward to expanding on them next year! I’ll send photos shortly…


    3. Kate, these are adorable! However, this will probably be a summer project. Do you have a instruction sheet compiled that I could print out?

    4. Kate,
      I love these! And your yule log! Thanks for sharing everything!

    5. I love these. Though I haven’t ‘built’ the other two yet, I’m hoping to this weekend. I’ve already saved up my building supplies! I’m now adding this third house to the list. This inclines me to design one or two of my own. Such fun. Thank you so much for sharing. :-)

      I don’t have a mantel in my house yet (another one of those things that’s coming), but will display them on a bookshelf until then.

    6. Kate – Just finished A-frame! Ready to start next week on Ranch #2 and I can landscape A-frame and ranch #2 at the same time. On the hunt for more trees!

    7. Mine are on my step tansu since my mantel is already full. I was hoping for a butterfly roof, though.

    8. Thanks for the patterns and tutorial! I love these. I just finished cutting out one and two then just discoverd Three! These little dudes are going fit right in here at our 1957 home. My fireplace looks just like yours!

    9. These are all adorable, Kate! And so original for all of us retro lovers!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity!!!!! :)

    10. Kate, These are very cute. I saw this tutorial to make bottle brush trees and thought of you. (just in case you want to take on another little tedious job) Bottle brush trees made from twine –

    11. Linda Blackmore says:

      Walmart has black, red, hot pink trees, and also lime green.

    12. GREAT, clever patterns. A member on CardboardChristmas.com posted them there. If you plan to leave these up indefinitely, I’ll post a permanent link.

      - Paul

    13. I don’t know if you’ll see this, but I came across this Sea Ranch inspired gingerbread house and wanted to share.


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