I had a grand idea this summer-to make a bunch of 'Putz" houses to decorate the mantel for Christmas. I envisioned a village mid century modern style houses. I only managed to make one however LOL. It's not great but it was a good first try and I also know some things to do differently for the next one.
These are also known as "glitter houses". There are a TON of pretty shabby chic style Victorian paper houses out there to buy if you don't want the DIY version. For our mantel I wanted little houses that screamed mid century modern. I started collecting images of mid century modern style "Putz" Houses on Flickr and eBay like this lot of pretty houses.
I had found the glitter house 'how to" site, so I figure I could easily alter it to a funky ranch house. In October I started saving tissue and cracker boxes. I went on the hunt for bottle brush trees. I couldn't find white trees so I got the green ones and bleached them. They don't turn white but a lovely cream color. Great if you want a more vintage-y Victorian look but I was hoping for white. As you can see, they didn't dye aqua or pink very well. Anyway, as I was gathering up all my goodies one weekend my husband said "Did you see that Putz house tutorial on Retro Renovation?"
OMG -HOW COOL IS THIS!! Someone was reading my mind LOL. I quickly bookmarked the page and printed off a couple to craft. The following week, they offered an A-Frame Paper house and now there is also another ranch house! Three patterns to alter and create in your own way.
While I may only have the lone A Frame in a see of hot pink and teal trees, it won't be alone for long. I intend to continue to make a few others through the year so I have a mantle full Christmas 2013!
Thank you Kate and Retro Renovation for making my paper house building a lot easier!