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! Heck yeah there is more →
Can you believe that this is the fourth year I have been making these mini midcentury DIY Christmas village house patterns? For the first of three 2015 designs, I decided to make a hip-roof ranch house — reminiscent of my own 1962 retro ranch. This model comes complete with a side porch, large chimney and a planter box. Let the Kitschmas Krafty Krazy 2015 season officially begin! Heck yeah there is more →
UPDATE: We now have 11. Click here to see them all!
UOur third Putz house pattern for this year — ninth in our series — is what I like to call the Palm Springs rick rack roof ranch (try saying that three times fast!). This model is challenging — that rick rack roof, combined with large windows means lots of careful cutting and scoring — but oh what fun it is to decorate! Heck yeah there is more →
Our trip to The Hukilau — which immediately transformed both Pam and me into tikiphiles — left little doubt that one of the three new Putz house designs for 2014 would be a tiki hut. The famous Kahiki, the bygone tiki restaurant that once reigned over Columbus, Ohio, was a particular inspiration. The pattern itself is super easy to cut out and assemble, so you can get to the fun part — the decorating — quickly. This tiki hut Putz house can live in a snowy winter climate, or a tropical paradise — you decide! Heck yeah there is more →
We get emails all year long from readers who have made mini Putz houses from our free patterns — or even come up with their own. So up, it’s year three for this Retro Renovation tradition — with three new patterns completed and rolling out, starting today. Grab your cardboard, glue guns, paint and supplies and get ready to make this adorable butterfly roof midcentury ranch home, #7 in our diminutive subdivision. Heck yeah there is more →
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! Heck yeah there is more →