Welcome To A Cottage in the Forest!

On this website my goal is to give you everything you need to make your own Halloween or Holiday Village using whatever materials are at your disposal. You can make your cottages out of recycled aluminum cans, cardstock or cardboard. This site offers unique free patterns, as well as reviews, links and sizing guides to patterns offered by other sources. We will explore various ways to add snow and windows. I also offer accessories like trees, fences, animals and mailboxes that will make your village come to life. 

For anyone who doesn’t want to make their own cottages, I also offer a limited number of buildings that I have made out of my personal favorite material, recycled aluminum cans.

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Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern House

Recently, I received an order for another custom aluminum can house based upon a real house. This one ended up being a real challenge, not only because I had never designed a Mid-Century Modern house before, but because the buyer only sent me one skewed picture of the front of the house. The buyer told me to put it in a winter setting and use my imagination to fill in the back. I let my imagination run wild on the back, and thus the back of the house has the big windows that are common on Mid-Century Modern houses. For this reason, I expect as many people will want to...

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Glitter Town: More Putz Houses From the Creative Mind of Steven Leeds

While we are waiting for Steven to design the promised last 4 buildings in his North Pole series, I have started converting the other patterns he has sent me. Steven Leeds designs traditional Putz buildings using CAD and cuts them out of chipboard. He was posting his patterns in PDF form in a Facebook group we both belong to, and people began to ask for his files in SVG format. I volunteered to convert them so they would work in Cricut Design Space, and since Facebook wouldn't allow me to share SVGs, host the files on my site. I started with the North Pole series as they were the newest,...

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3D Park & Garden Benches

This week someone in one of the Putz House Facebook groups asked for a bench to go with a building they had made. I couldn't remember if the person asked for a park bench or a garden bench, so I made both! The sides of each bench are interchangeable, and since I couldn't decide which seat I made for the garden bench I liked best, I included all four. These patterns can be cut out of Kraft Board, though I also really liked the look of the 100 lb. cover cardstock. Of course they are even more fun made out of aluminum cans!

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