Set of Two Christmas Trees with box (3 sets available), Putz Houses by Jason Sargenti


Set of two Christmas trees handmade by Jason Sargenti, 2022. Each set comes with its handmade painted box. Each Tree/Average: Diameter 2.5" x Height 3.5"


2x craft boxes with x Painted lead: Width 4.75" x Height 3.5" x Depth 3.25"

1x burgundy box with gold painted polka dots: Width 5.5" x Height 2.3" x Depth 3.5"

"I needed some trees for my under tree landscape so I made a bunch. The Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna is a huge influence, I want to live in his world, it must be so nice in there, except they're Dutch and they would never have me 😔". J Sargenti

Inspired by the American tradition of Putz Houses, popular from the 1930s to the 1970s, these tiny buildings harken back to the era when department stores showcased sets of miniature paper houses illuminated with tiny lights, creating charming villages.

Rooted in Christian and German European customs, the term "Putz" means to decorate or organize. Families would arrange these little houses around their nativity scenes to make it look like their own village. Initially originating in Europe, Putz Houses found their way to America through merchants. During World War I, when trade with European manufacturers ceased, American production adapted and reinvented the concept.

Facing a surging demand, American manufacturers outsourced production to Japan, where the innovative idea of folded paper emerged, making these decorations more affordable and easier to mass-produce.