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

new Christmas tree lot listed to etsy

I finished this sweet Christmas Tree Lot this morning and have listed it in my Etsy shop.

Christmas Tree Lot Putz with snowman

The puff of smoke is optional.

Christmas Tree Lot Putz with snowman

When I saw the four trees lined up on this Christmas card, I knew I wanted to make it into a Putz base for a Christmas tree lot.

Christmas Tree Lot Putz with snowman

When the Putz is tilted, the card on the base gives you a little surprise.

Christmas Tree Lot Putz with snowman

The metal banner was perfect for this Putz because the base card has the same thing written on it.

Christmas Tree Lot Putz with snowman

Each of my tree lots gets a unique name. Kringle’s is embellished with a log pile for the fireplace, a friendly snowman to greet customers, and hand-crafted wreaths for your holiday decorating.

Christmas Tree Lot Putz with snowman

All my Putz houses get the traditional light access hole in the back.

Christmas Tree Lot Putz with snowman

I use tiny LED light strings to light my houses.

Christmas Tree Lot Putz with snowman

 

Christmas Tree Lot Putz with snowman

This Christmas Tree Lot Putz 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 putz house with a cat

I have become intrigued by small Putz houses. It began when I drew a pattern to match the barn pictured on a particular Christmas card. When the pattern was done, I realized the finished Putz was too wide to fit the card properly, so I reduced the pattern to 80%, using my printer. Because I liked the smaller size so much, I began to do some of my older patterns in smaller sizes.

Yesterday, I finsihed this one. It’s 70% of the size of the original pattern. The base measures 4 1/2″ wide and 3 3/8″ deep. The Putz is 3″ tall from the bottom of the base to the top of the roof.

Mini Green and Red Putz house

This is the original. The base is 5 5/8″ wide and 4″ deep. The Putz is 4 1/2″ tall as measured from the bottom of the base to the top of the roof.

Red and White Putz House

The mini version has this sleepy Christmas kitty on the base.

Mini Green and Red Putz house

All my Putz use a greeting card as the base. The colors of the house coordinate with the colors of the greeting card.

Mini Green and Red Putz house

The metal cover over the tiny hole above the door is a flattened bead cap.

Mini Green and Red Putz house

The front walk is first sculpted from faux snow and then sprinkled with glitter.

Mini Green and Red Putz house

The larger bottle brush tree is decorated with string beads. The tiny tree has the same beads, but they have been cut into individual pieces. String beads also embellish the underside of the curved roof over the door.

Mini Green and Red Putz house

This tiny 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

a few more putz houses

I found a very cute, though small, Christmas card that I decided to use as the base for a Putz house, so I drew a pattern and came up with this.

Lilac and Periwinkle Putz house

How cute is this card? And I love the colors!

Lilac and Periwinkle Putz house

A tiny Santa plays his cello for the singing elves…

Lilac and Periwinkle Putz house

I made the wreath from a bit of chenille stem and some very small red wired cording. The wire in the tiny bit of red ribbon makes it much easier to form a bow for the wreath.

Lilac and Periwinkle Putz house

This ivory and dark green Putz house has dark red window frames.

ivory and green Putz house

The base has foiled gold highlights.

ivory and green Putz house

Putz houses come to life when the lights are on!

ivory and green Putz house

The bottle brush trees are decorated with small beads and faux snow. While the snow is still wet, it’s sprinkled with clear glitter.

ivory and green Putz house

I like the unusual windows in this dark red Putz house.

Red and Green Putz House

It also has a side bump-out with a door.

Red and Green Putz House

The base pictures a holly wreath.

Red and Green Putz House

This mini Putz may be one of my top five favorite Putz houses that I’ve made. It sits at an angle to the base and has a very traditional Christmas look to it.

Country Rose Putz house

The base has a Victorian-style picture.

Country Rose Putz house

It’s much smaller than my usual patterns.

Country Rose Putz house

Even prettier when the lights are shining.

Country Rose Putz house

All these Putz houses 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 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

latest putz houses

I’ve made quite a few Putz houses since I last posted.

This pattern was drawn with inspiration from a local house. There used to be two of the little brick duplexes, but one has been demolished. I adapted it to one front door.

green and blue Putz house with deer

The tiny deer is the perfect addition to the front yard.

green and blue Putz house with deer

I usually have to scrape the eye paint off the deer and reapply it. Then I coat the deer with white glue and sprinkle it with fine clear glitter.

green and blue Putz house with deer

This is the Christmas card I used as the base for the little green house.

green and blue Putz house with deer

When the house is tilted up, it shows the surprise underneath. Each of my Putz houses, barns and churches has a greeting card as the base.

green and blue Putz house with deer

A Christmas Putz barn. The cow’s name is Jingles.

Red barn with cow Jingle

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

Red barn with cow Jingle

The picture on the card was the inspiration for the pattern for this barn.

Red barn with cow Jingle

And the surprise on the bottom:

Red barn with cow Jingle

I drew the pattern for these houses last week. I made the red and green one first and then reduced the pattern to 80% and made the yellow and blue one.

Mini Yellow and Blue Putz House

Red and Green Putz House

A very tradtional Christmas card. Looks so homey and peaceful.

Red and Green Putz House

Red and Green Putz House

The door’s open. Come on in!

Red and Green Putz House

This is the smaller house.

Mini Yellow and Blue Putz House

Mini Yellow and Blue Putz House

The bottle brush trees are decorated with glass beads and tiny yellow stars.

Mini Yellow and Blue Putz House

Mini Yellow and Blue Putz House

I hope you’ve enjoyed these new houses. I have a few more Putz to post and will do that tomorrow.

~~Rhonda 🙂