Our 11th DIY putz house in our growing Christmas Village subdivision is this adorable midcentury modern Palm Springs home, complete with a time consuming, but oh-so-cool mini decorative concrete block wall. Sharpen your x-acto knife for this one, folks! The core of this putz house design is actually quite simple. Windows line the roof line except for one open spot on the right, where you can choose to paint, draw, or glue a decorative stacked stone or brick wall to add interest to the otherwise simple exterior.
The only part of this pattern that is challenging is the decorative concrete block courtyard wall. Cutting out this portion of the pattern takes several sharp x-acto knife blades, a steady hand and patience. It took me about half an hour to carefully cut out all of the little block openings, but it turned out so neat that I think it was worth the effort. I give you my pattern for breeze block, but if you are feeling even more retro krafty, you can ogle some of the many real designs of decorative concrete block that we have profiled an come up with your own.
If you happen to have a shortage of sharp knife blades or time, here are a few alternate suggestions for creating a similar wall:
- Print the decorative concrete block pattern on a transparency, and use it without cutting.
- Use found materials (packaging, packing or leftover building materials) with tiny perforations that create interesting ‘concrete block like’ patterns.
- Use paper to weave a design, leaving some openings to allow light to pass through.
Use your imagination! Pam and I love to see what readers come up with to decorate these tiny midcentury homes.
Get the pattern:
- Click here to download Kate’s free Putz house patten
- 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 midcentury “Putz” style houses:
- See all our designs all in just one click
- Readers upload photos of the putz houses made from our patterns (and upload yours!)
- Want to know why these houses called “Putz”? Read our vintage Putz house history and online guide.