Cute Gingerbread House Paper Craft with Free Printable Template Post Preview: Use the free printable house template and follow the instructions to make your own cute gingerbread house craft.
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s officially time to start looking towards Christmas. Over the last few years, we have barely done any decorating or preparation. I guess it’s just been one of those seasons of life. Not that I haven’t been excited for Christmas, but I have gotten caught up in busy schedules and a generally grumpy mood because of the darker days.
After a brief stint of trying to run away from home a couple of weeks ago, which started with me saying I wasn’t sure I would come home that night and ended up me actually just going to get gas for the van and then a long visit to Home Depot and Target, I decided I need Christmas joy this year.
So, now we actually have a tree up this year, which we have skipped the last few years. I have cute felt ball garland in my living room and dining room. We have a whole new set of lights outside the house. I have candles lit often in the house – both real ones and battery-operated ones with lights that change. I’m officially embracing the season to try to help my mood. That means it’s also time for a Christmas craft!
Cute Gingerbread House Paper Craft with Free Printable Template
I love that this is a very open-ended Christmas craft for kids. While I will share directions for creating a project that looks like the one shown here, you can provide lots of different types of supplies instead of just a few. Kids can use the template and then decorate their gingerbread house paper craft however they want to. No need to follow the exact directions.
And, as a follow-up, you just might decide that it’s time that you want to make a gingerbread house that your family can eat too!
Gingerbread House Paper Craft Supplies
- Cardstock for gingerbread house – this could either be brown/kraft cardstock or white cardstock for kids to color
- Small Styrofoam balls – white and multi-colored (or you could use round stickers, self-adhesive gems, small pompoms, or any other fun, small craft supplies for decorating the house that you want to use!)
- White craft paint (or really any color kids want to use)
- Pencil or pen – for tracing the template or you can print the template directly on the color of cardstock you want
- Gingerbread house template page – it’s free and available farther down in the “Download the Gingerbread House Paper Craft Template” section
- Craft glue, glue stick, or mini glue dots
Gingerbread House Paper Craft Directions
1. Print out the template to use for tracing or print the pattern directly onto the paper that you plan to use. The single-page template includes a house pattern and a roof pattern.
2. Cut out the house and roof template pieces.
3. Paint the house borders, a door, and windows on the front of the house using craft paint. Allow the paint to dry.
4. Fold the house cut out. Follow the lines inside the house template pattern for folding it.
5. Apply glue along the thin part of the house pattern. Attach this thin part with the part next to it to close all 4 sides of the house.
6. Paint borders and tile patterns on the roof piece. Kids can paint any pattern they want. Allow the paint to dry.
7. After the paint dries, fold the roof cut out piece into half along the traced line shown in the template.
8. Apply glue to the roof to attach the roof to the top side of the house.
9. If using Styrofoam balls, cut them in half. If you are using other supplies, you can skip this step (obviously).
10. Glue the half cut Styrofoam balls onto the house and roof to decorate it. If you are using other supplies, decorate in whatever way you prefer.
11. Decorate the borders of the roof and the sides of the house.
12. Allow children to keep adding decorations until they feel that their gingerbread house paper craft is complete.
13. Allow all glue and paint to dry.
Display your new gingerbread house craft!
This template is free for personal, classroom, and group use. It should not be hosted anywhere online or sent electronically. Please refer someone to the site to get it for their own use, rather than sending it to them.
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