It’s that time of year again — time to get retro crafty for the holidays. Have you been saving your cardboard boxes and tissue paper all year? Collecting mini landscaping accents? Stocking up on felt, glue and glitter? Get ready for some new retro “putz house” designs to add to that growing subdivision on your mantel. After all the fun we had last year building ranches and A-frames, requests for a split level pattern started to flow in. You’ve been such good readers all year long, how could I deny this wish on your list?
This home is the first to include a garage and driveway, sure to please those of you with a retro toy car collection. I’m thinking a matchbox car would be just the right scale, and depending on how you decide to style this pattern, anything from a ’57 Chevy to a ’70 Plymouth Duster would be right at home sitting in the driveway.
The mini wreath came from Michael’s — made by the same supplier as the mini trees, which are happily available again this year. Be sure to print out your discount coupons for Michael’s and JoAnn’s before you head out the door to stock up.
When constructing this house, I recommend building the garage and second story part first, then attaching the slanted side of the house.
For basic instructions and a list of materials needed for this project, see my first mid century Putz house pattern.
Make a whole neighborhood of mid century “Putz” style houses:
- Kate’s first ranch house pattern
- Kate’s second pattern, a mid century A-frame
- Kate’s Third ranch house pattern
- Kate’s fourth pattern, a split-level house