DIY Putz house #4 — Split-level Putz house — download the free pattern to make your own

Split-level-christmas-houseIt’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?

mid-century-split-level-putz-houseThis 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.

retro-putz-style-houseThere is room to put three electric candle lights in the back of this house including behind the garage door, if you want to light that.


retro-christmas-house-split-levelThe 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.


Click here to download Kate’s free Putz house pattern

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:


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  1. Cameron says

    i love your patterns! I made the modern ranch today, the cut down the pattern to half size to make it as a tree ornament. Both turned out great, and I’m so excited to make more!

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