new putz: two houses, a church and a barn

I made this MINI Putz house a few weeks ago. It just sold and is on its way to a new home in Michigan. I’m very happy with the way it turned out. I have always liked this card and decided to make a base from it, then see what I could do with it.

MINI Santa house Red and silver

I decided to make a “Santa house” and had the perfect polar bear to add to the Putz. The bear sports a red scarf that, thanks to being wired, can blow in the breeze. Santa stands nearby, with his arms full of Christmas goodies. This is the first time I used faux silver leaf on the roof. I will be doing that again.

MINI Santa house Red and silver

I love this MINI church. The ivory color is one I like to use. The light green is a mixture I made myself to get the shade I wanted.

MINI Ivory and pale Green Putz Church

Another sweet card.

MINI Ivory and pale Green Putz Church

Two lambs frolic in the church yard, giving a hint to what’s pictured on the Christmas card I used to make the base.

MINI Ivory and pale Green Putz Church

This TINY MINI house was fun to make. I decided to add an arch of evergreen to give the house something special. The arch is lined with a green bead string for some subtle sparkle.

TINY MINI Red and Black Putz House

Another card I loved and wanted to use as a base.

TINY MINI Red and Black Putz House

The arch over the door and the decoration under the gable eaves, as well as the fence, are made from wired candy canes. I added plenty of trees to the front yard. They are made from pieces of the same garland used to make the arch that frames the house. I cut the garland to the height I wanted for the trees, then trimmed the pieces to a point at one end. Instant trees that don’t take up as much room as bottle brush trees do.

TINY MINI Red and Black Putz House

The barn is an ORIGINAL size. I haven’t made a barn for a while, so decided it was time.

ORIGINAL Red and Green Barn

All the barnyard animals are ready for Christmas!

ORIGINAL Red and Green Barn

The horse and the cow are animals meant to be used for the HO scale in model railroading. Perfect for the barn.

ORIGINAL Red and Green Barn

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my new Putz. You can see my Putz houses, churches and barns and other Christmas ornaments in my Etsy shop.

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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

tiny mini putz church in gold and blue

Another TINY MINI church for my Etsy shop. The base measures 4″ wide x 2 3/4″ deep. The Putz is 4″ tall as measured from the bottom of the base to the top of the steeple.

TINY MINI Buff Gold and Blue Putz Church

The base is made from a beautiful, upcycled Christmas card with my favorite shades of blue on it. It features a little country church.

TINY MINI Buff Gold and Blue Putz Church

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

TINY MINI Buff Gold and Blue Putz Church

With the lights on, the church comes to life.

TINY MINI Buff Gold and Blue Putz Church

The door is 3/8″ wide and 3/4″ tall (to the top of the window over the door).

TINY MINI Buff Gold and Blue Putz Church

The church building is 2 1/2″ wide, 1 1/4″ front to back and 3 3/4″ tall.

TINY MINI Buff Gold and Blue Putz Church

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

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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

mini ivory and periwinkle putz church

I love the way this Putz church turned out. The white, bottle brush trees are the perfect setting for it.

MINI ivory and periwinkle Putz church

I had a stack of church-themed Christmas cards that I was considering for use as bases. I asked my middle daughter to choose one and she liked this one. She’s partial to the color purple.

MINI ivory and periwinkle Putz church

I love the ivory background and the periwinkle shade of purple that are featured on the card. With a spark of red for interest!

MINI ivory and periwinkle Putz church

This is the first time I made a forked path on a Putz . This came about because I had the red fence already made. Maybe left over from another project, or made and then rejected for a previous Putz house. Anyway, it was in my stash of fencing and was right for this church. But I had a limited supply of it. The church had to be orientated in a particular way to the base and that led to a particular placement of the trees. Which caused the opening of the fence to be placed in a particular spot. That caused a blank spot in the lower right-hand corner. A forked path made best use of the space. That gives you a glimpse into how my mind works when I’m creating a new Putz. One decision leads to another and to another and to another.

MINI ivory and periwinkle Putz church

The covering of the round window is made from a flattened bead cap. The door knobs are 2mm beads.

MINI ivory and periwinkle Putz church

The white bottle brush trees were made by painting and glittering white plastic bottle brush trees. I painted them with white, acrylic paint and, while they were still wet, I sprinkled them with glitter.

transforming plastic bottle brush trees

The white trees make a winter wonderland setting for the church.

MINI ivory and periwinkle Putz church

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

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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

original size purple church

This pattern is deeper than most of my Putz patterns. I wanted to have all three windows on the sides. I like the size and dimensions of this church. I think I’ll make more buildings like this.

The base measures 4 1/2″ wide x 7″ deep. The church is 8″ tall as measured from the bottom of the base to the top of the steeple.

ORIGINAL Putz Church Light and Medium Purple

The base is made from an upcycled Christmas card featuring a beautiful church. The card is highlighted with fine iridescent glitter.

ORIGINAL Putz Church Light and Medium Purple

The colors of the Putz are taken from the colors of the Christmas card.

ORIGINAL Putz Church Light and Medium Purple

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

ORIGINAL Putz Church Light and Medium Purple

The windows are trimmed with buff gold frames.

ORIGINAL Putz Church Light and Medium Purple

When I made the pattern, I drew the steeple as a six-sided steeple, but didn’t like the way it looked, so I made a four-sided one instead. I think it fits the church better than the first one did.

ORIGINAL Putz Church Light and Medium Purple

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

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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

mini putz church in green and grey

This MINI Putz church is made from a pattern I drew in January of 2012. I’ve made a couple from that pattern in the last few weeks. This MINI version is the latest.

MINI Light Green and Grey Putz Church

The vintage-style card was very inspiring. I love the greens and blues on the card.

MINI Light Green and Grey Putz Church

I like to use greeting cards to make the bases for my Putz houses. They dictate the colors used on the Putz and ocassionally provide other design elements. In this case, I took inspiration from the post and board fence pictured at the bottom of the card.

MINI Light Green and Grey Putz Church

The fence is made from slivered popsicle sticks. You can find the tutorial here: making picket fences for putz houses

MINI Light Green and Grey Putz Church

The church is ready to welcome everyone to the Christmas Eve service…

MINI Light Green and Grey Putz Church

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

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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

latest putz houses

I’ve made several new Putz houses and churches since my last post. Four of these are TINY MINIs which are the smallest size I make. They are made at 50% of the original pattern size. There’s one MINI (75% of the original) and one ORIGINAL pattern size (100% of the original pattern).

This tiny red and brown Putz sold immediately. The little vintage Santa and the tiny 1/2″ deer make it special.

TINY MINI Red and Brown Putz House

The card for the base is very sweet. A little Santa-wanna-be tries on Santa’s suit.

TINY MINI Red and Brown Putz House

With the the lights on and the fireplace crackling, the tiny house comes alive.

TINY MINI Red and Brown Putz House

This MINI Putz is the same pattern as the TINY MINI, red house above, but in the middle size I make.

MINI Yellow and Blue Putz house

How cute is this card? I love the colors and the way it’s painted.

MINI Yellow and Blue Putz house

The house turned out very cute. Simple, but it has an appealing vintage style.

MINI Yellow and Blue Putz house

This TINY MINI Putz church sold as soon as I listed it. It has a great home in Texas.

TINY MINI Green and Blue Putz Church

The vintage-style Christmas card is one of my favorites.

TINY MINI Green and Blue Putz Church

I made the trees heavily laden with snow to mimic the trees on the Christmas card used for the base.

TINY MINI Green and Blue Putz Church

This white and periwinkle Putz church is the ORIGINAL size of the pattern I drew.

ORIGINAL White and Periwinkle Putz Church with Yellow Trim

I love the colors on the Christmas card I used to create the base.

ORIGINAL White and Periwinkle Putz Church with Yellow Trim

I made the picket fence, using slivered popsicle sticks for the horizontal boards and poster board for the vertical slats. The tutorial for making the fence is here: Picket fences for Putz houses.

ORIGINAL White and Periwinkle Putz Church with Yellow Trim

This church is the same pattern as above, but made in the TINY MINI size.

TINY MINI Grey and Blue Putz Church

I drew the pattern with inspiration from this Christmas card which I used to make the base for the Putz church.

TINY MINI Grey and Blue Putz Church

Every time I make a new Putz house I think it’s my favorite one. I thought that when I made this one, for sure. I love this little grey and blue church.

TINY MINI Grey and Blue Putz Church

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

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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

tiny-mini putz house

This Putz house is made from the same pattern I used for the Putz featured in the previous blog post. That one was done in the MINI size. This one is done in the TINY MINI size, which means the original pattern was copied at 50% of its original size. This makes a very small Putz house.

TINY MINI Gray/Red and blue Putz house

The base is made from an upcycled Christmas card. The three tiny snowmen seemed just right for a TINY MINI Putz house base.

TINY MINI Gray/Red and blue Putz house

I like to use the colors on the card to paint the houses. This card was unusual because it used so few colors. The blue is a grey blue. I chose two shades of that color. One lighter and more grey and one darker than the card and more blue. The grey is the main part of the house and the darker blue grey is the roof. I used the red for the front door bumpout and for the fence to give more interest and a bit of vibrancy.

TINY MINI Gray/Red and blue Putz house

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

TINY MINI Gray/Red and blue Putz house

Two puffs of smoke come with the house. They are not permanently attached, so they are optional. They just tuck into the top of the chimney, if the fireplaces are being used.

TINY MINI Gray/Red and blue Putz house

The little snowman is 1/2″ tall.

TINY MINI Gray/Red and blue Putz house

This Putz is one of my favorite patterns, in any size, but the TINY MINI size is so sweet! I love making this size. I currently have twelve TINY MINI Putz in my Etsy shop, including a church, two barns, a schoolhouse, and Putz houses from different patterns.

TINY MINI Gray/Red and blue Putz house

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

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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

mini gold, green and red putz house

This MINI Putz house has been listed in my Etsy shop. It is the middle size of Putz that I make. I make TINY MINI, MINI, AND ORIGINAL.

The four bottle brush trees were painted white, dusted with fine clear glitter, then dabbed with faux snow. While the snow was wet, they were sprinkled with large iridescent glitter.

Gold Green and Red

The base measures 4″ wide x 5 3/4″ deep. The Putz is 4 1/4″ tall as measured from the bottom of the base to the top of the chimneys.

Gold Green and Red

I like to make the bases from upcycled Christmas cards. When the base is tilted up, there’s a little surprise underneath. The colors of the Putz are usually dictated by the colors on the Christmas card.

Gold Green and Red

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

Gold Green and Red

This Putz has a larger than normal front yard because it is made on a vertical card rather than an horizontal one.

Gold Green and Red

The lights are on! Ready to greet Santa on Christmas Eve!

Gold Green and Red

The Putz comes with two puffs of smoke, in case a fire is needed on a chilly, winter evening.

Gold Green and Red

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

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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 new Christmas tree shop

I made the base for this Putz a few months ago. I finally got around to making a pattern to mimic the shop pictured on the card.

Christmas Tree Lot

So cute! I love this card. So many nice details.

Christmas Tree Lot

The colors for the Putz are taken from the colors on the Christmas card.

Christmas Tree Lot

The sign was printed on glitter paper and framed in white twigs.

Christmas Tree Lot

Five small bottle brush trees and three handcrafted wreaths decorate the front of the Christmas shop.

Christmas Tree Lot

I really like the window above the sign. The shutters were made in one piece with the window frame.

Christmas Tree Lot

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

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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

toy store putz

I have been wanting to make a toy store Putz since January. Yesterday, I finally got around to it. I drew the pattern, then cut and constructed the Putz. I had the embellishments in my stash, so it was easy to put together.

The base measures 6 3/8″ wide x 3 1/2″ deep. The Putz is 4 3/4″ tall as measured from the bottom of the base to the top of the roof. 

ORIGINAL Teal and Yellow Toy Store Putz

The base is made from an upcycled Christmas card. The colors on the card inspired the colors of the Putz. 

ORIGINAL Teal and Yellow Toy Store Putz

When tilted, there’s the surprise of the card underneath.

ORIGINAL Teal and Yellow Toy Store Putz

The front of the shop is decorated with two bottle brush trees, gifts and toys. The gift packages are glass beads.

ORIGINAL Teal and Yellow Toy Store Putz


The trees are decorated with red beads, faux snow and iridescent glitter. 

ORIGINAL Teal and Yellow Toy Store Putz

I designed the sign in MS Word and printed it on glitter paper. The photos don’t show how well the sign actually glitters.

ORIGINAL Teal and Yellow Toy Store Putz

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

ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com

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!

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