Cardboard Gingerbread House

Decorate a Cardboard Gingerbread House with craft and fabric scraps…

Oh, don’t you love a good gingerbread craft at Christmas time?  Gingerbread activities, gingerbread men and gingerbread cookies. Above all, Gingerbread houses go hand in hand with the holiday season, right?

Traditional cookie and candy gingerbread houses are fun to make and decorate, but if you’re not crazy about your kids getting into all that sugar, a cardboard gingerbread house is the way to go!

cardboard gingerbread house

Isn’t our little house just the sweetest?  The best thing about it?  You’ll have an adorable Christmas keepsake to keep for years and years!  It will last far longer than any candy house your kids could make.

Gather your supplies and I’ll show you how to put this activity together for your hooligans!

To make your cardboard gingerbread house, you’ll need:

Making my cardboard house:

I simply drew my shapes on a piece of paper, and then cut them out.  I then traced them on to a thick piece of cardboard and cut those pieces out.  Sorry there’s not a printable for you.  I’m not that technically inclined (yet).

cardboard gingerbread pieces

Ignore the door and windows.  I must’ve mis-placed them at some point during the past year, and then totally forgot they ever existed.

I used a hot glue gun to put all of my pieces together.

Decorating our cardboard gingerbread house:

To start, I poured a couple of colours of brown paint, and the hooligans covered the sides and the roof of the house.

painting the gingerbread house

Next, I gave them a piece of quilt batting that I’d cut to roughly match the size of the roof, and they coated the roof with glue, and pressed the batting on.

Then I gave them the sectioned tray full of crafty odds and ends, and the fun began!

crafty odds and ends for decorating cardboard gingerbread house

 The girls spend ages gluing bits and pieces all over their house, and decking it out like a real gingerbread house!rooftop collage

The great thing about a cardboard gingerbread house though, is that it will last forever, and no-one will nibble on it!

You’ll be able to pull it out and enjoy it year after year!

cardboard gingerbread house activity

To see all of our easy and affordable Christmas crafts and activities, check out my Hooligans Xmas pinboard!

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Yours in play, Jackie from Happy Hooligans

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