Miniature Mid-Century Modern House

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There are few things I love more than cute little miniatures and all things mid-century modern so to have a project that incorporates both of those? Pure heaven for me. Add to that the $155 giveaway I’m co-hosting and this is going to be one of my best-est posts EVER! Scroll to the bottom of this post for full details on the giveaway.

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Models - A Tried & True Project Ok, I’ve got to come clean with you all. I had big plans on making my own original patterns but then I stumbled (or should I say “gawked?”) upon a post on My So Called Crafty Life that linked to these perfect patterns on Retro Renovation and well…they’re so great and I’m so busy, why reinvent the wheel, right? Seriously, the patterns for these miniature mid-century houses are ah-mazing and totally free so get your butts over there and download them!

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Models - Home Sweet Home! The only downside to the original tutorial on Retro Renovation was that it called for cutting out the pattern by hand. Totally feasible but sooooo much easier if you use a Silhouette cutting machine! All I had to do was pull the image into Studio and trace the image to create the lines. Then it was just a matter of selecting which lines would be cut and which would be perforated. I also added perforated lines to the tabs so that they would fold easier. Super easy and the machine cut like a dream.

Here’s the step-by-step details if you want to make your own!

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Home

- Silhouette Cameo
- Cardstock
- Chipboard (I used cereal boxes)
- Spray Adhesive
- White Shrink Plastic (you could also use tissue paper)
- Strong Glue
- Free pattern from Retro Renovation


Step One: Using the Coverstock setting (1, 33, 7), cut out the house pattern out of the back of your cereal box. I cut the main house parts out of one sheet and the roof/door out of another. I made sure to cut the door windows out of both so that the light would shine through. The door is my absolute favorite part!

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Models - Cut cardboard Step Two: Using the proper setting for your type of cardstock, cut the house pattern out the colored paper of your choice. I would sell off an egg to live in a sky blue house with a yellow roof and a red door! Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but just a bit. ;)

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Models - Cut paper Step 3: Spray the back of the paper pieces with spray adhesive and adhere to the chipboard. Oh, that teeny tiny door just kills me!

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Models - Adhere pieces Step 4: Cut out appropriately sized pieces of the shrink plastic and glue in place. I use shrink plastic all the time (check out the Random Act of Kindness Keychains we made a couple weeks ago!) so I usually have some in stock but if you’re making your own Mini Mid-century Home and don’t have any, you could always use tissue paper or a recycled plastic container.

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Models - Add Windows Step 5: Fold the house tabs in, apply a bit of your strong glue and fold in place. You’re going to have to hold the house together while the glue dries. Kind of a bother but worth it when you see how cute this house is going to be! Repeat the process to the roof.

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Models - Glue tabs The original tutorial called for gluing the house onto a felt wrapped piece of cardboard but I wanted to be able to move the house where ever I wanted so I just glued a small piece of cardboard to the bottom. Your choice!

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Models - Sweet door

Ack! There’s that door again! Seriously. This house is so freaking cute, all I want to do is curl up on an Eames Lounger, drink a martini and listen to Dean Martin while the hours tick away on my Nelson Starburst clock. I die!


This project is a part of The Silhouette Challenge hosted by The Thinking Closet. Stop by each month for a new and exciting free tutorial and studio file. Here are my projects from previous months:

January: Martin Luther King Window Art
February: We’re Better Together Card
March: Montessori Sandpaper Letters
April: “Celebrate Differences” Autism Awareness Tee
May: “Cup Of Tea” Customizable Art
June: Modern Chair Art
July: Oozma Kappa T-Shirt
August: Washi Tape Stickers
September: Nuts & Bolts Print
October: Zombie Invasion Tee
November: Santa’s Christmas Countdown

Miniature Mid-Century Modern Models - Holiday home

 Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!


    1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
    2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
    3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
    4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
    5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
    6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
    7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley’s Corner
    8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
    9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
    10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
    11. Deer Head Holiday Banner…featuring Santa’s Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
    12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
    13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
    14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
    15. Elf Chalk Sign: “The Best Way to Spread Christmas” by Weekend Craft
    16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
    17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
    18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
    19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
    20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
    21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
    22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
    23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
    24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
    25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
    26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
    27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
    28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
    29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
    30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
    31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
    32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
    33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
    34. “Believe” Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
    35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

Do you have a Silhouette machine?

Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we’d love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.

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  1. says

    This is super cute! I love the idea of doing a mid century house decked out for Christmas instead of a traditional Christmas village. Thanks for pointing me towards My So Called Crafty Life. New blog to follow!

  2. says

    Seriously every round of the Silhouette Projects I’m drawn to yours like white on rice. Excellent work my friend!! Glad to see success with cutting cereal boxes– I have a few projects up my sleeve but wasn’t sure how the cardboard would hold.

    Kinda bummed I didn’t participate during the final challenge, but alas deadlines are difficult haha. Thanks for opening my world to Retro Renovation and My So Crafty Life– off to spend a couple hours drooling over new blogs :p

    Trisha D.

  3. says

    That miniature house is adorable! I’ve never tried cutting cereal box chipboard with my Sil, but I’ve been saving a whole bunch of it to craft with. Thanks for showing that it can be done! I saved your cut settings in my software to try it later.

  4. says

    Oh my gosh…that tiny little red door gets me, too! And I love how the shrink plastic gives such a realistic impression of windows. I’m guessing you could also use vellum? So fun, and thanks for the link to the free plans for this puppy! I could see this being a really fun project to do with my nieces and nephews when they get a bit older. Pinning!

    Thanks for participating in the Challenge for this entire YEAR, Vanessa! Whoo hoo! So happy to have you as a partner in crafting crime. (And looking forward to all that 2014 may bring.)

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