1940s “Tom Thumb” Cape Cod Putz house — free downloadable pattern

vintage-cape-cod-putz-houseWith so many readers ohhh-ing and ahhh-ing over the 740 s.f. “Tom Thumb” Cape Cod American dream house that we recently featured, it made sense to offer a similarly styled Putz pattern. Since all five of my other Putz patterns are modeled after homes from the 1950s-1970s, throwing in some 1940s action also is a fun way to mix up the “neighborhood.” Put a sharp blade on your X-acto knife, because you’ll need it to cut out all the tiny window panes on this adorable cottage. 


retro-vintage-christmas-houseThe white picket fence really makes the front yard. Thankfully, I found it ready-made at Michael’s, though I suspect if you had a steady hand and a lot of time, you could fashion one yourself out of cardstock or paper from a cereal box.

See all those window panes? They are cut out one by one. With 12 panes per window, six windows and one, four-pane door, that’s 76 small squares to cut. It takes time and dedication, but the windows are what really make this house design. If you don’t feel that skilled (or patient) with the X-acto knife, cutting out the front two windows and painting the panes in the rest of the home would look fine, too.

1930s-putz-house-vintageAnother meticulous detail on this design — two tiny window boxes filled with snow. It is easiest to put these on the house while it is still flat, before assembly. Again, if this detail proves to be too difficult, the window boxes can  be painted on the house instead, although I think this three-dimension detail is really worth the extra effort.


Click here to download Kate’s free Putz house pattern

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  1. Pam Kueber says:

    I use different glues for different things:

    – I have found that a glue stick or Elmer’s/pva works pretty well for cardboard-to-cardboard and felt-to-cardboard; I brush Elmer’s/PVA underneath the felt on the top of the substrate where the house and decor sit to bond the felt to that surface.
    – I use Elmer’s for glitter on the edge of roof and for adding glitter wherever.
    – I use hot glue if something has to adhere super fast and strong — for example I usually use glue gun for putting chunky roof onto the house… for adhering the felt on the bottom when you ‘wrap’ the felt onto the substrate… for adhering the house to the felt… for glueing down things that need to stand up fast… and sometimes I do use it glue the house together – careful though, it sets pretty much immediately so there is little room for error… I typically use high-heat hot glue, because that’s the kind of glue I have on hand; low-heat might work well too.

    Different glues have different pros/cons — I’m not an expert, have mostly learned from trial and error.

  2. Joan Mooney says:

    Thank Pam
    LOVE your site and your generosity sharing not only your
    ideas but the “how to” and patterns too!
    We may be able to enlarge one and create in time for our Mid Century Xmas exhibit.
    Thanks again,
    Joan Mooney
    Waseca County Historical Society

  3. Pam Kueber says:

    very cool, send photos!

    yes, get yee a variety of glues — have its and bits of materials you’ll be using — and do some tests

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