blue and yellow putz church

This Putz church is the second one I made from this pattern. I drew the pattern with inspiration from a photograph of a vintage Putz church. You can see the first church here: Yellow and Green Putz Church

This church features a metal, free-swinging bell in the bell tower, two bottle brush trees and a miniature deer.

blue and yellow putz church with deer

I made the wreath from a piece of wired chenille. The chenille stem is about 1/2″ wide. I trimmed it back to 1/4″. The bow is made with a piece of tiny wired cord.

blue and yellow putz church with deer

I love the color combination on this card.

blue and yellow putz church with deer

The tiny deer in the church yard is 3/4″ tall.

blue and yellow putz church with deer

We’ll leave the lights on!

blue and yellow putz church with deer

And the door open!

blue and yellow putz church with deer

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 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

red and tan putz barn

The newest Putz barn is finished and I’ve listed it to my Etsy shop.

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Red and Tan Putz Barn

Just for fun, here’s a picture of it “pre-snow.” The barn and the fence haven’t been glued down yet, either.

Red and Tan Putz Barn

Corrugated cardboard makes a great ridged metal roof.

Red and Tan Putz Barn

I drew the pattern for the barn without the inspiration of a barn pictured on a Christmas card, so I used this Christmas card for the base and used the colors of the card for the barn.

Red and Tan Putz Barn

Detail of one of the bottle brush trees. I used Aleene’s True Snow on the tree and dusted it with irridescent glitter.

Red and Tan Putz Barn

Red and Tan Putz Barn

Putz are so appealing when the lights are on…

Red and Tan Putz Barn

Red and Tan Putz Barn

This Putz barn has been listed to 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!

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

Christmas diorama ornaments

Using plastic ornaments, which are pretty easy to cut, I made some Christmas diorama ornaments last year. I just found six of them in a cabinet and decided to list them to my Etsy shop.

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They are fun to make. I used tiny vintage figurines, artificial foliage, bottle brush trees, etc., to embellish them.

Christmas Diorama Ornament

This ornament is 2 1/2″ wide.

Christmas Diorama Ornament

The pink ornament is 2 1/4″ wide. The tiny bottle brush tree is about an inch tall.

Christmas Diorama Ornament

Christmas Diorama Ornament

Christmas Diorama Ornament

A little lute-playing, vintage angel sings among the stars.

Christmas Diorama Ornament

Christmas Diorama Ornament

Christmas Diorama Ornament

This tiny angel is about 3/8″ tall.

Christmas Diorama Ornament

The ornament is 2 1/4″ wide.

Christmas Diorama Ornament

A jingle bell dangles from the bottom of the ornament.

Christmas Diorama Ornament

Jolly Santa and his Christmas tree.

Christmas Diorama Ornament

This is a larger ornament at 3 1/4″ wide.

Christmas Diorama Ornament

These ornaments have been listed to 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!

While visiting my shop, take a look at the Putz houses. 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 crafting process. Please ask, if you have questions!

If you are on Facebook, join me and other putzers on our board NUTZ4PUTZ. We share what we are creating, learn from what others are making, and answer questions others have about making Putz houses. You are welcome to join us!

~~Rhonda

green and red putz house

I like the little Putz houses the best. This one is from a pattern I drew in 2012. I call it the “ski slope” house. I haven’t made one for a while.

Green and Red Putz House with snowman

I found this cute card for the base.

Green and Red Putz House with snowman

I had planned to make the door red, but forgot to do that while I was painting the door and window frames.

Green and Red Putz House with snowman

It’s hard to find embellishments that are small enough to work with these small houses, but I did have this wee little snowman and it worked.

Green and Red Putz House with snowman

Here’s a picture for scale…

Green and Red Putz House with snowman

Green and Red Putz House with snowman

This Putz house has been listed to 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!

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

ivory and blue putz barn

This barn is made with the same pattern as the brown and blue barn. It is 20% larger, though, and I left off the lean-to on the right side. I also made the loft door into a window on this barn.

Ivory and Blue Putz Barn

The round window over the doors is covered with a bead cap that I carefully flattened and glued over the hole.

Ivory and Blue Putz Barn

Most of my Putz barns have a barn on the card used as a base, and I use that barn as the inspiration for the pattern I draw for the Putz barn. If I want to use the pattern again, I try to find a Christmas card that is also about barns. Barn Christmas cards are few and far between. This is a cute one. Not a barn picture, but a picture about a barn.

Ivory and Blue Putz Barn

The roof is made from corrugated cardboard to simulate a ridged metal roof.

Ivory and Blue Putz Barn

I ran out of tiny horses and didn’t want to put a cow in this barnyard because there is a cow in the first barn from this pattern, so I let Mistletoe in the barnyard. She’s just visiting.

Ivory and Blue Putz Barn

The board and post fence is made from heavy-weight poster board and wooden skewers. You will find the tutorial here: Make a Board Fence for Your Putz Barn

The bottle brush trees are decorated with blue and silver vintage mercury beads. You can check out my tutorial for decorating bottle brush trees with beads here: Decorating Bottle Brush Trees

Ivory and Blue Putz Barn

This Putz barn has been listed to 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!

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

brown and blue putz barn

I drew the pattern for this Putz barn and, when it was assembled, realized it was too wide for the card I used as inspiration for the pattern. I reduced the pattern by 20% using the printer, and that worked perfectly.

Brown and Blue Putz Barn

Brown and Blue Putz Barn

The little cow’s name is Noel.

Brown and Blue Putz Barn

Brown and Blue Putz Barn

Brown and Blue Putz Barn

This Putz barn has been listed to 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!

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

more Christmas card shadow boxes

This past week, I listed some new Christmas card shadow boxes to my Etsy shop.

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Santa and the Snowman

Christmas Card Shadow Box

I use Christmas cards for the picture in the background, make a box from the card, and use the space to add embellishments, including artificial foliage, bottle brush trees, figurines, etc.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Frosty

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Most of the boxes are an inch deep.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Jolly Santa

Christmas Card Shadow Box

The backs are painted a corresponding color and dusted with fine glitter.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Snowman in Red

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Christmas Card Shadow Box

The bottle brush tree is decorated with red ornaments and irridescent flaked glitter.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Snowman in Red and Turquoise

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Sometimes I add a charm to the bottom.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

The tree was snowed and sprinkled with turquoise glitter.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Santa and His Reindeer

Christmas Card Shadow Box

It’s a very sweet picture.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Santa and the Teddy Bear

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Children around the Outdoor Christmas Tree

Christmas Card Shadow Box

I used vintage-style tinsel to frame the beautiful picture.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Snowflakes hang from the top.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

A snowman sits in the corner.

Christmas Card Shadow Box

For an idea of scale…

Christmas Card Shadow Box

Christmas Card Shadow Box

These Christmas card shadow boxes, and others, have been listed to my Etsy shop with more pictures available there. 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!

Check out my Christmas card shadow box tutorial here: Christmas Card Shadow Boxes Tutorial

I am always happy to answer questions about the process.

~~Rhonda

yellow and mint green putz church

I finished this Putz church today. I drew the pattern for the church with inspiration from a photograph of a vintage Putz church.

Yellow and Green Putz Church

I use nativity Christmas cards for the bases of all my Putz churches. My Putz houses usually get what I call “holiday” cards, which is my code word for secular Christmas cards.

Yellow and Green Putz Church

The wreath is made from an evergreen chenille stem (pipe cleaner). I trimmed it down to make it skinnier and then formed the circle to make the wreath. I hot glued the ends together and used a tiny wired ribbon to make the bow. The wire makes it easy to form and helps it hold its shape. This wreath is about an inch wide.

Yellow and Green Putz Church

You can’t tell it from this picture, but the bottle brush tree is decorated with snow and dusted with fine irridescent glitter.

Yellow and Green Putz Church

The tower has a free-hanging gold bell.

Yellow and Green Putz Church

Yellow and Green Putz Church

For a sense of scale…

Yellow and Green Putz Church

I enjoyed making this one. I love the colors. The yellow is Kilz “Golden Feather.” I mixed the green myself.

Yellow and Green Putz Church

This Putz church has been listed to 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!

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 barn

I have made several Putz barns lately and have really enjoyed them. I generally use the picture on the Christmas card I use as a base as inspiration for the pattern I draw for the barn for that base. This week, I made this barn, which sold before I had finished it.

Christmas Barn

The customer asked for two black cats to represent their own barn cats, Okie and Dokie.

Christmas Barn

This is the Christmas card I used for the base for that barn.

Christmas Barn

I liked the barn so much that I wanted to make one to put in my Etsy shop. I reduced the pattern by 15% to make it a bit smaller so it would fit a smaller card I found to use as the base.

Putz Barn with horses

I put two tiny horses in this barnyard.

Putz Barn with horses

The rail fence is made from heavy-weight poster board and wooden skewers cut to make fence posts.

Putz Barn with horses

Here’s a tutorial for making a rail fence: Make a Board Fence for your Putz Barn

I glitter everything…even the horses…

Putz Barn with horses

Putz Barn with horses

It was a satisfying project. Now I’m scouring my collection of Christmas cards for more barn pictures…

Putz Barn with horses

This Putz barn has been listed to 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!

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 in ivory and beige

The past few weeks, I’ve been taking note of Putz houses with three-peaked roofs. I decided to draw a pattern to make some of my own.

ivory and beige Putz house

The house is ivory. The beige color of the roof is also used on the fence. The door and window frames are white.

ivory and beige Putz house

The base is one I made quite a while ago. It isn’t as green-hued as it looks in this picture.

ivory and beige Putz house

The bottle brush trees are ivory-colored. I added ivory pearls and Aleene’s true snow. I sprinked the snow with a little clear glitter and then dusted it with Martha Stewart’s fine Antique Silver glitter, which is hard to see in this picture. The Antique Silver glitter is more of a champagne color than a silver, in my opinoin.

ivory and beige Putz house

Bead strings decorate the eaves of the roof.

ivory and beige Putz house

ivory and beige Putz house

This Putz house has been listed to 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!

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!

~~Rhonda