Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Christmas is nearly upon us! Today I’ve got another fun, 3D project that I am excited to share with you. No need for making a mess in the kitchen—all you need is some paper and glue to make this gingerbread house.
When I was a little girl, my mom made one, and only one gingerbread house with me (from scratch). I have a picture of it in my photo album, and when I asked my mom why we didn’t continue the tradition, she said, “Because that was WAY too much work.”
Well, after numerous episodes of the Great British Bakeoff, I decided to give the whole “gingerbread house from scratch” thing a go this past weekend. Turns out my mom was right—WAY too much work. About 4 hours of prep for mom, 10 minutes of enjoyment for the kids (while they decorated), and disappointment all around when they found out that it’s just for looks. At least we have a nice smelling centerpiece for our table this year.
After all that, I figured maybe it would be better to stick to what I’m best at, and make my own paper gingerbread house.
- Hot Glue
- Stamp Ink (optional)
- Ink Blending Tool (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the gingerbread house pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Prepping & Layering
2. Optional: If you’d like to give your project a little bit more dimension, ink the edges of the snow and building. (This is a common technique in the card making world, but it’s a new one for me—obviously, I had a lot of fun with it!)
Attach your vellum window pieces to the inside of your house, and the door/window frames to the outside.
I also chose to include some hand drawn embellishments with a Sharpie Paint Marker.
Make the Roof
3. Layer the shingle strips one at a time: starting from the bottom and working your way up, like so.
Repeat on the opposite side fo the roof.
Then, flip the roof section over, and cut out the hole for the chimney.
4. Attach the walls of the house together, and adhere them to the base.
Fold your chimney piece; attach the small layer of snow around the top. Then, glue the two tabs provided to the inside of the roof.
Next, attach your snow to the underside of your roof on each side (you can see that I did that part last, and I wish I would have done that before attaching the roof to the top of the structure).
Note: If you want to be able to put a flameless candle inside your gingerbread house, be sure to only glue one side of the peaked roof to the pointed snow sections (leaving one side to open/close).
Then, attach the roof to the top of the structure, once again, only gluing down either the right or left side, if you want to be able to open the roof later on.
This was such a fun little project to put together. And, as expected, it turned out much better than my actual gingerbread house!
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other holiday freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making your very own, gingerbread house! I hope you have as much fun putting it together as I did. Be sure to share your delightful, festive results with me on Instagram!
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