This past weekend I had a few of my friends from high school and their families over. It was fun to reconnect with them after a few years and to see their children. Knowing that my kids would need an activity to keep them busy so the adults could visit, I created some cardboard gingerbread houses for the kids to decorate. I was inspired by a cute little house I saw on Art Bar‘s Instagram, it was seriously the cutest thing! I mostly used supplies I had around the house like paper straws, plates and cardboard and I picked up some fun Christmas stickers from the dollar store. They were so easy and such a hit for the kids!
Supplies + Materials
- Paper Straws
- Paper Plate (optional)
- Glue Gun + Glue Sticks
- Scissors or Exacto Knife + Cutting Mat
- Cut your cardboard pieces to the desired size of house you would like. I made my side/roof pieces about 8.5″ tall by 4″ wide + I used the bend in the box for where my side would transition to the roof. For the front + back pieces I made a template on graph paper, using the same measurements + adding the peak for the roof.
- Cut out a small door, from the remaining cardboard. I took off the top layer of paper to reveal the corrugated part on some of the doors.
You should have 4 main house pieces and a door.
3. Using hot glue, secure the side/roof pieces to the front + back pieces.
4. Cut the straws to the desired lengths + glue along unfinished edges of cardboard.
5. Glue door piece on. You can either leave the house like this, or you can glue it to a paper plate to finish off the bottom.
6. Let your littles cover them in stickers and markers, for some no-mess fun!
The kids really enjoyed this activity and the stickers made it so easy! The biggest hit were the multicolored rhinestone stickers, because the kids thought they looked like Christmas lights. My littlest little could not stop with them and in the end her house was covered!
Thanks Art Bar for the inspiration!!