is my putz house style evolving?

Recently, I have made a few Putz houses that are more complicated than I usually make. Most often, I stick to a style of house that is approximately three inches wide and about an inch deep. More or less. But I’ve made a few houses based on the houses pictured on Christmas cards and some of those have more detail than my vintage-style Putz houses usually have. I finished another one of these more detailed little glitter houses today.

Grey and Green Putz house with deer

Three chimneys and a bay window! The house is also deeper than my usual Putz. This house is 4″ wide and 3 5/8″ deep. It’s 3 1/8″ tall. The entire Putz is 6 1/2″ wide, 4 3/4″ deep and 3 3/4″ tall, as measured from the bottom of the base to the top of the chimneys.

Grey and Green Putz house with deer

This is the card I ended up using for the house, as the finished house was too large to fit the card I initially intended to use. The house was already painted to match the colors of the original card, but this card worked well enough.

Grey and Green Putz house with deer

Grey and Green Putz house with deer

This is the Christmas card I used as inspiration for the Putz pattern I drew. But when I finished the house, it was too large for this card, so I used the birds. I have made another copy of the pattern, reducing it to 80% of the original pattern. I’ll make that one later this week and it should fit this base I made from the Christmas card I wanted to use originally.

Country farmhouse

I left off the porch and the roof dormer, though I made them and had them ready to add to the construction. I felt the Putz would be too busy if I included them. I was also looking forward to having it done! The snow is dusted with clear glitter, except for the trees. I added faux snow to them and sprinkled them with iridescent glitter.

Grey and Green Putz house with deer

I used three bottle brush trees in the front. For the very back, I cut some artificial Christmas tree branches to about 3″ long and then cut the needles so they tapered to the top. These “flat trees” were perfect for the very back of the Putz.

Grey and Green Putz house with deer\

The bay window required some very skinny window frames, which I was concerned about cutting correctly, but they turned out OK. I always cut everything by hand and don’t use any die cuts in my Putz houses.

Grey and Green Putz house with deer

You can get a sense of how small the bay-window frames are in this picture I took during construction.

Grey and Green Putz House with deer

The large picture window looks like a garage door to me. I am going to change the pattern so the panes are vertical instead of horizontal the next time I make this house. The tiny deer in the front yard came from Smile Mercantile. The sidewalk is cut from a cheap nail file and painted to match the roof.

Grey and Green Putz house with deer

You can see this cute farmhouse, other Putz houses and Christmas ornaments in my Etsy shop.

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses and bottle brush trees of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz House Tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

~~Rhonda

a simple putz house for a long card

This is another card that I have held onto for a while, waiting for the right inspiration to use it as a base for a Putz house. It has a simple design and needed a simple house.

Yellow and Blue Putz House

This is what I came up with a few days ago. The blue is Apple Barrell Blue Cotton (21886E) and the yellow is Kilz Tribute (interior house paint) Golden Feather.

Yellow and Blue Putz House

 

Yellow and Blue Putz House

Yellow and Blue Putz House

The hole on the back allows for the use of an LED light string to add the magic.

Yellow and Blue Putz House

Yellow and Blue Putz House

Yellow and Blue Putz House

This Putz house is now listed in my Etsy shop. You can see more of my Putz houses and other Christmas ornaments in my shop.

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses and bottle brush trees of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz House Tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

~~Rhonda

light teal and lilac putz farmhouse

I like to use upcycled Christmas cards to make the bases for my Putz houses. I often use a house or barn pictured on the card as inspiration for a Putz pattern. I had this card set aside for quite a while because I wanted to draw a pattern for the farmhouse. I finally took the card out this week and drew the pattern.

Teal and Lilac Putz house

It has a complicated roof. I always make new patterns in paper before making them from poster board and had to do that several times before I got all the proportions right.

Teal and Lilac Putz house

When the Putz is tilted up, the Christmas card is a nice surprise on the bottom of the base.

Teal and Lilac Putz house

The snow is sprinkled with iridescent glitter.

Teal and Lilac Putz house

The three bottle brush trees are decorated with blue, glass, pearl beads, faux snow and iridescent glitter.

Teal and Lilac Putz house

The back has the traditional hole that allows for the use of a small LED light string for lighting the house.

Teal and Lilac Putz house

It’s magical to light them.

Teal and Lilac Putz house

This little Putz is now listed in my Etsy shop.

Teal and Lilac Putz house

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses and bottle brush trees of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz House Tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

You can see my Putz houses and other Christmas ornaments in my Etsy shop.

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

~~Rhonda

little red schoolhouse putz

I haven’t made a Putz schoolhouse before, so I looked online for some inspiration. I found a picture of the Kelley Historical Museum Schoolhouse. I based my Putz on the design of that schoolhouse.

The base is 6 1/4″ wide and 4 1/4″ deep. The Putz is 4 1/2″ tall as measured from the bottom of the base to the top of the bell tower.

Red and Green Putz Schoolhouse

I use upcycled Christmas cards to make the bases for my Putz buildings.

Red and Green Putz Schoolhouse

It was harder than I thought it would be to find a card with kids playing for the schoolhouse. This one works well. The house in the picture is the right colors for the schoolhouse. By the way, I am always happy to receive donations of more cards, both holiday and otherwise! I don’t use any personal information on the card in the use of my crafts.

Red and Green Putz Schoolhouse

I made the wreath on the front of the schoolhouse from an evergreen chenille stem that I trimmed down to make it thinner.

Red and Green Putz Schoolhouse

The back includes the traditional hole for the use of tiny LED lights to light the schoolhouse.

Red and Green Putz Schoolhouse

So sweet when lights are added!

Red and Green Putz Schoolhouse

If you are interested in crafting Putz houses and bottle brush trees of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz House Tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

You can see my Putz houses and other Christmas ornaments in my Etsy shop.

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

~~Rhonda

white and periwinkle putz church

I haven’t made a large Putz church for a while, so thought I’d draw a new pattern and tackle the construction. I found a picture online of this vintage postcard and liked the church. I used it as inspiration for my pattern. I simplified some parts and made a square-based steeple instead of rounded.

vintage postcard

I may revise the pattern to make the bell tower section a little shorter and without the windows below the bell openings. If I do that, I’ll make the steeple itself a bit taller.

White and Periwinkle Blue Putz Church

The back has a hole to allow the use of a small LED light string to light up the church.

White and Periwinkle Blue Putz Church

The bottle brush trees were ivory. I brushed them with dark periwinkle acrylic paint to color them. I tinted faux snow with periwinkle paint and dabbed that on the trees. I dusted the trees with fine iridescent glitter. When that was dry, I dabbed the trees with wite faux snow and dusted the snow with larger iridescent glitter.

White and Periwinkle Blue Putz Church

All my Putz houses have a greeting card as the base, and the base card for all the Putz churches is always a nativity card.

White and Periwinkle Blue Putz Church

When you tilt one of my Putz buildings, you find the surprise on the bottom. I use the colors from the greeting card to dictate the colors of the Putz.

White and Periwinkle Blue Putz Church

Lighting them makes them magical.

White and Periwinkle Blue Putz Church

This Putz church has been listed in my Etsy shop. ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz house tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

~~Rhonda

vintage-style putz house

I am a member of a Facebook group called “Glitter and Putz Houses.” A photo was posted by the group owner of a vintage Putz house. I liked the curved porch on the house so much that I wanted to replicate it. I drew a pattern that was much simpler than the original house, but kept the design of the porch the same.

Red and Green Putz House with Curved Porch

The house colors are taken from the Christmas card used to make the base of the house.

Red and Green Putz House with Curved Porch

This picture doesn’t do the card justice. It is a foil card, in red, gold, silver, and touches of green.

Red and Green Putz House with Curved Porch

The bottle brush trees are decorated with vintage mercury beads of green and silver, with red beads used as tree toppers. The trees are dabbed with faux snow and sprinkled with glass glitter. The tiny tree on the balcony is decorated with faux snow and glass glitter.

Red and Green Putz House with Curved Porch

I cut the bottom 1/3 off the smallest bottle brush tree I could find for the balcony tree. It sits in a red glass bead.

Red and Green Putz House with Curved Porch

The back has the traditional hole used to allow the use of a small LED string for lighting the house.

Red and Green Putz House with Curved Porch

Red and Green Putz House with Curved Porch

This vintage-style Putz house has been listed in my Etsy shop. ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz house tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

~~Rhonda

mini teal and yellow putz house

This little teal and yellow Putz house has been listed in my Etsy shop.

Mini Teal and Yellow Putz House

It is made from the same pattern as the yellow and red house, but has been reduced to 80% of the original.

Mini Teal and Yellow Putz House

Puffs of smoke are optional. They are included with the house.

Mini Teal and Yellow Putz House

This vintage Christmas card is one I wanted to use as a base for quite a while. The colors of the card dictated the colors used on the house.

Mini Teal and Yellow Putz House

The bottle brush trees are decorated with dark yellow beads, faux snow and iridescent glitter.

Mini Teal and Yellow Putz House

My hand gives a sense of scale. The base is 6 1/4″ wide and 4 1/4″ deep. The Putz is 3 3/4″ tall as measured from the bottom of the base to the top of the chimneys.

Mini Teal and Yellow Putz House

This mini Putz house has been listed in my Etsy shop. ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz house tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

~~Rhonda

lastest putz houses

I have several Putz to share. The first is a mini church.

Mini yellow and maroon Putz church

When you tilt one of my Putz houses, you will find a surprise underneath.

Mini yellow and maroon Putz church

The Christmas card I used for the base of this one is embellished with pretty gold foil.

Mini yellow and maroon Putz church

These mini Putz are quite a bit smaller than my usual ones.

Mini yellow and maroon Putz church

This mini teal barn has sold, but I’m adding it to the post because I like it so much.

Mini teal barn with deer

The Christmas card I used for the base has teal on it. An unusual color for most Christmas cards. Cards that are appropriate for use with a Putz barn are sometimes hard to find. I thought this one would work, so I was willing to deal with the color. I’m glad I did because it turned out so well.

Mini teal barn with deer

A tiny deer stands in the front yard.

Mini teal barn with deer

The fence is made from wooden skewers for the posts and heavy-weight poster board for the boards.

Mini teal barn with deer

The bottle brush trees were painted with white acrylic paint and dusted with iridescent glitter.

Mini teal barn with deer

I drew the pattern for this Putz house from a photograph of a vintage Putz.

Ivory and Green Putz House with two chimneys

The base is made from a card with iridescent glitter on it.

Ivory and Green Putz House with two chimneys

I mimicked that iridescent glitter on the card by decorating the bottle brush trees with faux snow and iridescent glitter.

Ivory and Green Putz House with two chimneys

A view from the top.

Ivory and Green Putz House with two chimneys

I love the colors of this one.

Teal and Yellow Putz House

The card has some gold foil, teals, purples and pinks with yellow highlights.

Teal and Yellow Putz House

The hole in the back allows the use of a tiny LED light string.

Teal and Yellow Putz House

Teal and Yellow Putz House

I use my hand in pictures to give a sense of scale.

Teal and Yellow Putz House

This yellow and dark red Putz house is a very traditional looking house.

Yellow and Dark Red Putz House

I really liked the Christmas card. It looks so inviting.

Yellow and Dark Red Putz House

The bottle brush trees are decorated with faux snow and vintage gold glitter.

Yellow and Dark Red Putz House

It looks like it should be in a very traditional neighborhood.

Yellow and Dark Red Putz House

Most of these Putz are listed in my Etsy shop. ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz house tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

~~Rhonda

mini putz church

Besides Putz houses, I enjoy making churches, barns and Christmas tree lots. Here’s a mini church I made yesterday.

Mini light blue and ivory Putz church

The bottle brush trees are decorated with pale blue and yellow pearl beads, faux snow and clear glitter.

Mini light blue and ivory Putz church

All my Putz buildings are on bases made from upcycled Christmas cards.

Mini light blue and ivory Putz church

The words on this base are printed in gold foil.

Mini light blue and ivory Putz church

The steeple holds a free-swinging silver bell.

Mini light blue and ivory Putz church

To light my Putz houses, I use tiny LED light strings.

Mini light blue and ivory Putz church

This Putz church, as well as houses, barns and Christmas tree lots, has been listed in my Etsy shop. ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz house tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

~~Rhonda

putz houses in different sizes

I have been making some of my patterns in smaller sizes than I drew them initially. This pattern was fun to make in the mini sizes.

mini sizes Putz houses

I copied the pattern at 80% of it’s original size for this house.

Grey and Red 2-story Putz with deer

The colors for my Putz houses are dictated by the colors on the Christmas cards I use as the bases for the buildings. You can see my tutorial for making bases from greeting cards here:

Greeting Card Bases

Grey and Red 2-story Putz with deer

I use a very fine glitter on the houses and a coarser glitter on the snow.

Grey and Red 2-story Putz with deer

The pattern was copied at 60% of its original size for this little house. The smoke is polyester fiber fill, not batting.

Tiny red and green Putz house with snowman

I thought the tiny house needed a cute card.

Tiny red and green Putz house with snowman

Glowing and ready for Christmas Eve!

Tiny red and green Putz house with snowman

These Putz houses, and many more, have been listed in my Etsy shop. ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz house tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

~~Rhonda