This patriotic paper house has been in the works for awhile. I’ve planned a whole series of houses based on the Candy Corn paper house pattern and this one is the Fourth of July Patriotic Putz house. More to come for future holidays.
Patriotic Putz House – A Candy Corn House Variation for Independence Day
The Patriotic Putz House is constructed the same as the Halloween Candy Corn house, but using the colors on Patriotic Candy Corn (yes, it’s a real thing) and Independence Day – Red, White, and Blue. I love how bright these colors are on this house. The blue in the photos I found online of Patriotic Candy Corn is not so dark as the one I used, but I like this dark blue better.
- Paper Candy Corn House Pattern (free in my resource library, sign up below)
- Cardboard for the house, base
- Ribbon Roll large enough for the base
- Circle die to cover the ribbon roll base
- Tim Holtz Sizzix Rosette Thinlit die
- Tim Holtz Sizzix 3-D Impresslit Mini Provincial die
- Sizzix Village Fixer Upper die for the door
- Tim Holtz Village Gingerbread or Bell Tower die for the bottom window
- Tim Holtz Village Brownstone for the circular window
- Idea-ology Star Adornment for the door
- Mixed Media Paper for the Rosette and Mini Provincial trim
- Ranger Distress Texture Paste
- Ranger Distress Paints
- Blueprint Sketch
- Candied Apple
- Picket Fence
- Salty Ocean (for the contrasting windows and door)
- Glue – Aleene’s Fast Grab Glue (my favorite)
- Mod Podge to cover the entire piece
Download the Candy Corn Paper House Pattern
If you would like to make a Patriotic Candy Corn-shaped house, you can download the paper pattern at my resource library. Just sign up for the newsletter and you will immediately be given the password for the resource library so you can download the PDF pattern. If you have any questions about the making this particular house, just leave a comment or email me and I will be glad to help.
Color Choices for the Patriotic Putz House
Obviously, you have to go with red, white, and blue, but there are a million shades of these colors. Mostly I use Tim Holtz Distress Paints because I love the shades and their names. In my mind, Candied Apple is the perfect Fourth of July Red. Of the blues I have, Blueprint Sketch was the one that appealed to me the most as a patriotic blue. White – well, that would have to be Picket Fence. For contrast on the windows, I used Salty Ocean just to give a little contrast.
Cut out and glue the house pattern together, then paint.
I’ve covered how to make the Candy Corn house in the original post. I followed the same steps this time.
Ribbon Roll Base for the Patriotic Putz House
Deciding what kind of base to make was the main challenge in making this house. Initially, I planned to make one just like the one on the Halloween Candy Corn house. However, I messed up the painting on that base and decided to use a ribbon roll instead. It’s similar to the other base, just a little easier to make.
Basically, to make a ribbon roll base for a putz house or a glitter house, I glue a cardboard circle on the top and bottom of the ribbon roll to make it sturdier. Then paint and decorate. Really easy. But you want to know the nicest thing about this base? I got to use my new cutouts from the Sizzix 3-D Impresslits that I wrote about in my last post. They make the greatest borders around a little house.
Make Patriotic Bunting Rosette to cover the bottom circle of the base
The other cool die I used is the Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlit Rosette die to make a rosette for the bottom of the ribbon roll. I decorated it like patriotic Fourth of July bunting by painting Blueprint Sketch on one side and Candied Apple on the other leaving white in the middle. I need to make more bunting and rosettes with this technique because I love the way it looks.
Stencil the cardboard circle on top of the ribbon roll
To give a little more dimension to the area under the house, I stenciled it with the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil called Starry – the only star stencil I have. Another lucky find. I left the stars white from the texture paste because they are white on the blue background on the US flag.
Decorate the top edge of the ribbon roll base
Now for the fun part – using the new impresslit dies to make edging for the top layer of the ribbon roll that looks like Dresden trim. As a general rule, I glue something to the edge whenever I make a ribbon roll base. Sometimes it’s grass, sometimes it’s a fence or it could just be a design element.
I’ve been waiting for these Sizzix impresslits specifically for this use (that and to add trim to the little houses themselves). My two favorite impresslits for this purpose are the Mini Scallop and the Mini Provincial. I chose the Mini Provincial for this little cardboard house. Blue was my first choice as the color for the edging, but Blueprint Sketch is a flat color and didn’t show the lovely detail as much so I used the Candied Apple red. Still the paint did obscure some of the detail. I think metallic paper is the way to go, but more experiments are needed to explore the potential of these dies.
I also covered everything with Gloss Mod Podge to make the detail show a little better and for protection of the little house.
Glue the house to the base
After the house was completed with paint and a chimney and windows and doors, I glued it to the completed base. This little house makes me smile. The colors are much bolder than usual, but perfect for the July 4th holiday in my opinion.
What do you think of this little house?
I hope you are off for the holiday and have a lovely day.
Addendum – I posted this before I went to work and I forgot to add it to 2 online challenges – A Vintage Journey “Stencil it” and Frilly and Funkie’s “By Airmail” Challenge. The stencil portion on the base is pretty obvious for the Vintage Journey challenge, but “By Airmail” for Frilly and Funkie may be a little more obscure. The paper that covers the bottom of the base is “Correspondence” paper by Tim Holtz and the colors certainly match what you would see for an airmail post. I hope it is ok to add this little house to both challenges even though I published this post about 12 hours ago.
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When we celebrate the Fourth of July this year in the United States, I hope as a nation we can touch “the better angels of our nature” as Abraham Lincoln called for at the end of his first inaugural address – that we can listen with empathy and humanity, use our capabilities for reasoning and self-control to make this a better country every day, not just on a patriotic holiday.
Ya’ll take care.
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