We absolutely LOVE making Gingerbread houses. It’s a tradition in our family to do them each year. Typically each kid gets their own Gingerbread house and we all gather around the table, with Mom and Dad helping each of them where and when needed. Even the teenagers STILL love this tradition – it’s one of the few things they’re not quite “too cool” to do. This year we’ll be adding this adorable paper gingerbread house craft to our tradition!
Paper Gingerbread House Craft
This adorable craft is simple to put together and requires just a few very basic supplies. To get started you’ll need the free printable gingerbread house template found at the end of this post. I recommend using white cardstock or heavy weight paper. You can use regular printer paper if that’s all you have on hand. However, the white cardstock will make it sturdier and easier to work with.
You’ll also need scissors, glue, and something to color your gingerbread house in with. You can use markers, crayons, colored pencils… anything you want. You can even add on glitter if you like!
After printing our your template and gathering your supplies, it’s time to get creative! Color in your gingerbread house however you want. Keep it simple and traditional or get crazy with it. The choice is yours!
When you’re finished with your gingerbread house, carefully cut everything out. Then it’s time to begin assembling your paper gingerbread house!
Begin by folding back the tab on the left, creating a crease. Then continue to fold back each side of the house, creasing each fold as you go. Finally, glue the tab into place creating the base of your house, as shown below.
Allow the base to dry for a minute while you fold in and crease the center of your gingerbread’s roof and the tabs along the edges.
After ensuring everything is creased and folds the way it’s supposed to, carefully glue your roof into place, as shown.
After gluing your roof in place, set your gingerbread house aside to dry completely.
Once dry, your Paper Gingerbread House Craft is ready to be gifted or put up on display!
Ready to get started on your own gingerbread house (or gingerbread village)? Click the link below to grab the free printable template.