A-frame putz house — downloadable pattern


Making my the first retro Christmas ranch was so much fun — why not design and make another house for the neighborhood? After contemplating several house styles, it came to me — what else says little mod house in the snowy woods like an A-frame? Using the same methods as the first retro Christmas ranch house, it wasn’t long before this cute little A-frame was built. Read on for more pics, and to download our free pattern to make this new design.

a-frame-cardboard-holiday-houseThis style is a bit more challenging than the first retro Christmas house because of the number of windows — you need to be very careful when you cut out the thin bits of cardboard between them and which also support the weight of the roof.

a-frame-christmas-houseTo finish the A-frame and add some design interest to the yard, a curved walkway and some bottle brush trees do the trick.

christmas-a-frame-cardboard-houseOne of the cool details of this house pattern is the way the peak of the roof overhangs more than the bottom — it adds some angular mid century flair.


back-of-A-frame-christmas-houseThe back of the house is mostly open to allow for the flameless tea light (battery operated) to go inside and light up the house. Precautionary Pam warns: Probably wise never to leave lighted decorations unattended.

two-retro-christmas-housesLooks like the beginning of a neighborhood to me.

retro-christmas-houses-on-mantleThis mini mid mod mad neighborhood could use one more neighbor — don’t you think? Stay tuned.

Click here to download Kate’s free Putz house pattern

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  1. Linda Blackmore says:

    These are the BEST!! I downloaded the first one, and got a perfect piece of lightweight cardboard in something I bought. I was going to make several in the original and just color and landscape them different to make a village. Now I have another model.

  2. Jeanne says:

    I am in the middle of working on the first one. 🙂 I’m taking a break while the paint dries. So far, so good! I love these…so vintage, yet “modern.” Thanks for all your hard work on these, Kate.

  3. Kate says:

    Another note on the trees — my mom told me she saw some at Walmart:

    bright green, white and frosted darker green and darker green

    Small size is about 3″ for 75 cents
    Med size is about 5.5 to 6 inches for $1
    Larger size was about 8″ and was $2

  4. walt says:

    I hope his gets through. May i have permission to use your patterns for buildings to sale at a church craft fair?

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