Paper Gingerbread Houses

Paper Gingerbread House
Is there any Christmas sweet more iconic than a gingerbread house? Maybe a case could be made for the candy cane coming in first, but a gingerbread house is an absolute must. I went for a house that looked a little less candy-draped, and a little more realistic looking, but still covered in loads of “icing”.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 1
Download the pattern and trace it onto a gingerbread colored piece of cardstock.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 2
Cut the pattern out and fold along the thin black lines shown on the pattern.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 3
Spread glue on the tabs, fold all the sides up to meet each other, and press the tabs onto the inside of the long side pieces to create the body of the house.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 4
Cut and score the roof piece of the house. Bend the roof piece along the fold line and, while folded, use a hole punch to make a hole in the center of the roof.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 5
Tie a loop in a length of ribbon, and make the knot big enough so that it can’t go through the hole you’ve just made. Thread the ribbon through the hole from the bottom of the roof to create your hanger.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 6
Next you’ll want to cover all your seams with the “icing.” The stuff I used is magic. It’s similar to fabric puff paint, but if you use a heat gun on it it puffs up. I found them in the fabric paint section at my local Beverly’s, but I also found them available online here. I loved this stuff so much it was hard for me to not pull it out for every single ornament. It makes the perfect fake icing. If you can’t find this paint, I’m sure a traditional puff paint would work just as well, you’d probably just have to plan ahead to allow for dry time.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 7
Glue the roof on the house by running a bead of glue all the way around the top edge of the house and carefully placing the roof on top. Don’t worry too much about any gaps because your puffy icing can cover all that up for you. Run icing all around the seams, the edge of the roof, and along the roof to make shingles.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 8
Next I made the windows. If you want your gingerbread house to look more edible, you could use candy stickers, or even actual candy if you sprayed it with a sealer. I wanted to stick with paper and keep things cheap, so I used translucent velum to make my windows and made the frame with tiny strips of cardstock.

For the larger windows on the side of the house:
Cut the vellum to a 3/4″ square. For the interior sashing, cut pieces to 1/16″ thick. For the exterior frame, cut the pieces to 1/8″ thick.

For the smaller windows on the front and back of the house:
Cut the vellum to a 1/2″ square. For the interior sashing, cut pieces as thin as you can. For the exterior frame, cut the pieces to 1/16″ thick.

When working with pieces this small, my favorite glue is Martha Stewart’s glue pen. I didn’t try and cut pieces to the exact size, I just glued a strip in place and then cut the extra to match the size of the vellum square.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 9
The doors are a dark red piece cut to 3/4″ wide by 1 1/4″ tall. Then I cut a lighter red to create panels. The bottom pieces measure 1/4″ side by 1/2″ high, and the top pieces measure 1/4″ square. The doorknob is a large seed bead I had lying around.

Paper Gingerbread House, Step 10
Glue the windows and doors in place and finish decorating with the puff paint icing to make snow. I used the same puff paint but in green to make the wreath for the doors.

Paper Gingerbread House Pattern
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If I wasn’t already so committed to my Christmas decorating plan, I think I’d be tempted to make a whole village of these little guys. Maybe down the road I’ll do that when Atti’s interested in having a little Christmas world of his own.