Friday, December 16, 2016

Cardboard Gingerbread House Ornaments

Two weeks before Thanksgiving I decided to give up sugar so that during the holidays I could splurge a few times without guilt.  It's been rough!  I wanted to make gingerbread houses this year but the fact is, they wouldn't have lasted a day with my sugar addiction.  Nope, homeless tiny elves would have carried a grudge all year and we couldn't have that.  I opted for some simple non-edible cardboard houses for my tree.  They look good enough to eat, but trust me on this, they're not tasty.  Hey, if you can figure out a way to hinge the roof or base, you'll have an amazing gift box!  Remember to recycle, make ornaments and always Make Your Mark!  
Love the simplicity of this project!
It takes a village!
Resting in the branches
Watch how to make them here!
Glue gun
Cutting knife

1. & 2. Cut out the paper pattern and trace it on the cardboard
3. Make sure to draw the score lines on the cardboard, too.
*not just the outline of the pattern
4.  Cut out the shapes with a craft knife or heavy duty scissors
5.  Lightly score along the score lines
6. & 7.  Bend and glue the pieces together to create the house
8.  Place the base of the house on cardboard and trace around it to create the "floor"
9.  Cut and glue the "floor" of the ornament on the bottom
10. & 11.  Draw the details on the house and grab some E-6000 Allure in Gloss White
12.  "Ice" the gingerbread house with the Allure until you're happy with it
Glue a ribbon on top and hang from your tree!


  1. Oh I love these!!! My sister will just love a set of these as a gift. She always has a Christmas village and tiny houses etc. I love that this is a recycling project too. Love you Mark!!!

  2. Adorable! I will have to make one, myself. I will add a dowel, cut a hole in the door, and make it a gingerbread birdhouse.

  3. These are adorable. They could be used in Recreation Therapy.

  4. Love this! We made a variant for our ornaments this year. We make some homemade ornament every year and this was absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing! I posted a blog about it: Our Gingerbread House Ornaments.

  5. where else can I find this adhesive paint or something in place of it.