Get ready for cuteness overload — a mini “Storybook Ranch” house pattern with lots of potential for adding vintage charm. This putz house pattern can be as plain, or as dolled up as you desire. The first of my patterns with a gabled roof, the house can be finished with a mid century minimal hand or trimmed to the gills with bric-a-brac. Let your imagination take over and make this a house worthy of Hansel & Gretel.
This design started out plain and simple — a gable roofed ranch house. Then it dawned on me. This would be the perfect pattern to turn into a Storybook Ranch (see all our stories about storybook ranch houses here). All I needed to figure out was how to make that classic mid century scallop trim.
Then it hit me — why not use some decorative-cut scissors. This pair came from Michael’s and was on sale for a mere $1.50. There were several designs to choose from. To make the roof trim, I used the decorative-cut scissors to make long strips from the same lightweight cardboard used to make the house. The strips should be about twice as wide as you want the finished trim to be with one side fancy cut and one side straight. Then, using a ruler and x-acto knife, lightly score the strip in half and fold. The straight side of the trim will give you surface area to glue the moulding to the underside of your home’s roof. Then just paint the desired color, cut to length and install.
You can see that this house was completely trimmed around the entire roof line and all the windows. The window trim is just plain white computer paper, no need for cardboard here. For extra cuteness, a simple dovecote was added in the peak of the gable — another great way to personalize this pattern. For dovecote design inspiration, see our post: Dovecotes in Storybook Ranch houses.
A tip for assembling this design: build the main part of the house (including roof) first, then add the front gable. The notched area in the main roof will help with placing the gabled section of the house.
Make a whole neighborhood of mid century “Putz” style houses:
- #1 — Ranch house putz house pattern — includes DIY instructions and resource list
- #2 — Mid century A-frame putz house pattern
- #3 — Ranch house putz house pattern
- #4 — Split-level putz house pattern
- #5 — Storybook ranch putz house pattern
- #6 — Tom Thumb Cape Cod putz house pattern
- #7 — Butterfly roof ranch putz house pattern
- #8 — Tiki hut putz house pattern
- #9 – Palm Springs rick rack roof putz house pattern
- Or — see all 9 designs all in just one click
- Want to know why these houses called “Putz”? Read our vintage Putz house history and online guide.