It’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?
This 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.
The 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.
Need small bottlebrush trees? Pam did a test and liked this set from Amazon the best:
And how about these weebits, they are identical to old originals, she thinks, and they fit our putz house scale perfectly:
When constructing this house, I recommend building the garage and second story part first, then attaching the slanted side of the house.
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:
- #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.