Back when the first Levittown was built, all the little Cape Cod exteriors were pretty cookie-cutter similar. BUT, as soon as homeowners moved into their own little pieces of the American dream, they began customizing the exteriors — so pretty soon, no two houses looked alike. Well, the same thing has been going on with our mid century modern glitter house designs: Ever since my first retro putz house pattern was posted, I’ve been getting emails with pictures of the awesome, personalized houses that you — the busy bee readers of Retro Renovation — have been busy constructing. For example, above, Sandi used our pattern to create a Hanukkah house — complete with tiny menorah. (Don’t call these “putz” houses, though, because the word means something altogether different in Yiddish.) Happy Hanukkah, Sandi, and to all our readers who are celebrating this holiday through December 16!
Read on for more reader-designed homes — and an uploader for you to share your recent construction projects.
Above is reader Jeanne’s putz house — complete with a replica 1971 Maverick — her first car, memorialized in miniature as a gift from her son. Now, it’s parked in the front yard of its own little mid mod waiting patiently for the house’s tiny inhabitants to take their Christmas tree inside.
Reader Bea’s putz house came together quickly even though she had problems finding trees. Her local Michael’s (where I purchased my trees) didn’t have any in stock. After several trips to area store, Bea finally scored some great trees at a hobby shop. Several readers have mentioned that if your local craft stores don’t have trees, you can try the dollar store, Walmart or even local hobby shops as a good source for affordable miniature trees.
Some readers even recreated their own home in miniature — like reader Diane — who made a replica of the house she finally bought last year. She said she had been in love with this house since her high school days.
Reader Sharon and her kids made replicas of her parents’ and sibling’s homes back in 2006 for a neighborhood that they set up on the kitchen table. When all the family arrived, they were delighted to see miniatures of each of their homes as part of the holiday decor. What a great and personalized way to decorate for a family gathering.
Reader Tammy was inspired to create her own tiny replicas of the 1950s Storybook/Cinderella homes that pepper the area she lives in. Tammy says that the homes in her (real) neighborhood really do have fascia and trim in the style of Swiss chalets — though most are sedate colors, unlike the bright colors that she chose to paint the mini village. I’m also loving Tammy’s creative use of springs for chimney smoke — made from broken pens, toys and the wire that her lettuce comes wrapped in. She used worn out shirt boxes leftover from prior holiday gift giving to construct the houses — brilliant.
Tonya and her Mom — both loyal Retro Renovation Facebook followers — worked on the above house for two days — and it turned out great.
Reader Christa and her son — whose house has been featured on Retro Renovation before — also made a mini recreation of their charming home. Christa says they plan to recreate more buildings from their community in the weeks to come. What a fabulous replica — I’m loving the hand painted stonework and screen door — and the googly-eyed snowman is a perfect touch.
Thanks for all. here is photo our our mid century gingerbread house with my adorable husband. It is an almost replica of our house in Michigan. Your tiny holiday houses made me remember it.
A huge thanks goes out to all the readers who sent me these wonderful photos of their own crafty holiday houses. Have you been busy making handmade holiday decor? Upload your photos below:
Upload photos of your DIY putz houses — (but NOT other decorations, please — that Uploader is coming Friday)– below… Tips:
- (1) Uploader DOES work but message you get on screen *may be* funky and confusing. Upload ONCE and trust the image it there — I just need to “set new photos free” from my control panel and will be checking throughout the weekend to do so.
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