Country Cottage with Outhouse Kit

This kit is for personal use ONLY. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell any part of this design or the instructions without my permission. Pre-Cut Country Cottage with Outhouse @2021 Jacqueline Smith

Please read all instructions prior to beginning the project. If you are new to making houses, make sure you read and understand each step before placing your glue. 

This is a great kit for a beginner.

Before you start your new kit, think about how you will want to decorate it. You can paint the house, paint the house and glitter it, glitter just parts of the house like the roof, use the kit pieces as a guide to cut out decorative paper that you can glue onto the house, or just leave the building white for a modern look. If you leave any portion of the house as unpainted cardboard, I suggest spraying with a matte acrylic sealer like Krylon or Modge Podge Sealer.

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Suggested Material List . . .

NOTES . . . (read before starting)

  • Due to variations by each builder you may find a trim piece a tad longer than needed. If this happens, simply trim it down to fit.
  • DO use the cutting guide below to identify all of the pieces! It’s always a good idea to lay out all of the pieces before you start so that you have everything in the correct place. I include a few extra window frames in the kit. 

Cutting Guide for Country Cottage …

Your kit will include either the Regular Side & Back and Regular Bottom Insert, and 2 windows OR the Side & Putz Back, Putz Bottom Insert, and a strengthening ring for the Putz hole, depending on which option you chose when you purchased the kit.

Let’s get started . . .

The following instructions are to show you how the building should be constructed. I show the order of construction without any paint or glitter. Think about how you will finish the building and if any parts will need to be painted or finished before being glued in place.

There is no wrong way to paint, glitter and glue. Personally, I like to paint the trim and walls when flat, then glue the trim onto the building, add the vellum, and then glue the building together. I then glitter the completed building. However, I know people who glitter the building while flat before gluing it together. I suggest you try different methods until you find out what works best for you. Tutorials for various ways to decorate your house can be found on the Putz House Monthly Website. A tutorial on how to make siding for your Country Cottage can be found here.

Constructing the Building

 1. Fold all of your pieces towards the back or inside (mountain folds.)

2. Glue all window frames in place. 

3. For the door, sandwich a small piece of vellum between the attached door and the additional door. Glue on the door. Glue the rest of the vellum in place if you are using it. 

4. Glue the body together.

5. Check the fit of the bottom insert piece, adjusting any of the fold lines as necessary, and glue into the bottom of the house. I usually put the bottom insert piece flat on my work surface and lower the building onto it. I can then use a pen inserted from the top to push the tabs against the sides of the building. The bottom insert piece helps to stiffen and square up the walls of the building.

6. Glue the Main Roof onto the building.

7. Glue the Entryway onto the building, centering it into the notch in the Main Roof.

8. Glue the Entryway Roof onto the Entryway, then glue on the chimney.

Constructing the Outhouse

Cutting Guide for Outhouse …

1. Fold all of your pieces towards the back or inside (mountain folds.)

2. Glue on the door, then glue the trim pieces onto the door.

3. Fold and glue the toilet on the inside.

4. Glue the body of the outhouse together.

5. Glue on the roof.

Use the included cardstock to make a base. The kit also includes pieces for a fence.

Instructions on how to make the 3D tree can be found here.

This piece can be finished with any method you are used to. Don’t worry about it being perfect. Just have fun and enjoy the process!

Enjoy making your Country Cottage with Outhouse!! I would love to see your finished buildings.  Please share a photo with me by emailing me at

Examples for Inspiration

Painted and glittered Country Cottage by Victoria Gushman
Painted and glittered Country Cottage by Ann Humphrey Woods
Painted, shingled and glittered Country Cottage by Meg Danforth
Painted, shingled and glittered Country Cottage by Meg Danforth
Country Cottage by Maureen Wendy Mantell Carlson
Country Cottage by Maureen Wendy Mantell Carlson
Country Cottage by Maureen Wendy Mantell Carlson
Country Cottage by Maureen Wendy Mantell Carlson
Country Cottage by LeAndra Miller
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