It has been delightful to watch readers happily crafting mid century putz houses from my free downloadable patterns over the holiday season. What’s been the most fun is seeing how everyone puts their own spin on each house, making them tiny works of art. A few ultra industrious readers have even been constructing replicas of their own retro homes. Sarah — owner of the now famous round house — made an adorable replica of her geodesica and shares some of her creative tips so you can make your own mini round house. This is our final Kitschmas Krazy Krafty story of 2013 — whew, what a ride!
The geodesica putz house may be one of the easier designs to build. There are no ‘walls’ to put together. Just cut the longest strip possible that a cereal box will allow you and that becomes the main wall of the house. Just attach the strip to itself. Then from that circle trace out a slightly larger circle onto thick cardboard for your roof.
The porch area doesn’t have to be cut out to look 3D. I found it to be easier to paint a trompe l’oeil to give the appearance of a set in porch area. Refer to the outline provided.
I found some great paper in the paper craft and scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby. To me, it looks like stacked stone and just seemed to be a nice retro texture. The paper was cut and glued to the wall strip while it was flat before you cut out the windows. You can also paint the paper any color you wish. I painted mine a cream color, and it withstood the acrylic paint pretty well.
Although I didn’t end up buying any, Hobby Lobby also had miniature architectural columns in their cake decorating section. They are used to space out tiered wedding cakes but would work well for a colonial style putz house.
I’m also thinking of ways to create the decorative concrete block walls that I always admire in retro homes. I want my next putz house to have a courtyard in the front. I’ll be experimenting soon using this stamp.
The very next day, Sarah sent me another email with photos of two more mid century putz houses that seemingly popped up in her pint sized neighborhood overnight.
My family owns a dry cleaners, and I’m a third generation worker. My grandfather originally opened up shop in the 50s ( in fact we have a big collection of retro dry cleaners stuff if you are ever interested in seeing and sharing). Anyway when I told the girls at work that I was busy making these putz houses, they wanted me to make a cleaners version to put up front for the customers to see. I finished it yesterday, I can’t wait to see what they say on Monday! Complete with a drive thru window and all!
Mega thanks to Sarah for sharing some of her trick for creating a mid century round putz house. Also — all of the inhabitants of your retro putz houses must be so relieved now that there is somewhere to take their itty bitty dry cleaning. Adorable.