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.

Click here to download Kate’s free Putz house pattern

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

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

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  1. Liz Lemon says


    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…


  2. Lynne says

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

  3. says

    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.

  4. Bea says

    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!

  5. Nikki says

    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!

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