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"Renovate" the Houses

Putz houses were popular through much of the 20th century and remain easy to find today -- though they often need a little fixing up. Look for them online and from dealers who specialize in holiday collectibles. You can also find new versions or even make your own (get our templates and how-tos).

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2014/January 2015


  • Vintage putz houses

  • Tweezers

  • Parchment paper

  • Glue pen

  • Gold and crystal glitters

  • Craft glue

  • Satin-finish craft paints and paintbrushes

  • Bottlebrush trees


  1. The houses have holes in the back for lights; reach in with tweezers and remove the windows. Cut parchment to size for new windows, and make “panes” with glue pen and gold glitter. Put dabs of glue on corners of windows and insert into houses, glitter-side out.

  2. Paint houses in desired colors (we used shades of white, pink, red, and turquoise). Mix equal parts craft glue and white craft paint; brush mixture on anywhere you want “snow,” including house bases. Sprinkle with crystal glitter.

  3. Remove bases from trees and glue them around houses.

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