Cardboard Gingerbread House Ornament

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without making a gingerbread house! It's just one of those traditions we love doing, but if your kids have had enough candy already how about making a cardboard gingerbread house ornament instead that you can put on the Christmas tree year after year! It's just as much fun. This cute mini gingerbread house craft is easy to make using our gingerbread house template and it can be decorated anyway you like!

cardboard gingerbread house ornament for kids with template

I love that there is no right or wrong way to decorate these gingerbread houses. Add paint, glitter, cotton balls, the choices are endless!

We also have a simple 2D gingerbread house craft made from cardboard as well as a paper gingerbread house craft that you might enjoy.

Why not make a cardboard gingerbread man ornament to go alongside your mini gingerbread house ornament?! They would look amazing side by side on the Christmas tree. You could even make a cinnamon salt dough gingerbread man!

Cardboard Gingerbread House Ornament 

cardboard gingerbread house ornament for kids

Cardboard gingerbread house craft supplies:

  • Gingerbread house template
  • Cardboard
  • String 
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint or paint pens 
  • Heart sticker (or glittery craft foam)

Other supplies you could use to decorate your cardboard gingerbread house:

  • buttons
  • stickers
  • ribbon
  • cotton balls
  • glitter
  • sequins 
  • fabric

How to make a cardboard gingerbread house ornament

STEP 1: Prepare gingerbread house template 

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to print out the gingerbread house template. Cut out the template.

gingerbread house template

Draw around the template on cardboard and cut out. 

cardboard gingerbread house template

STEP 2: Glue the cardboard gingerbread house

You can use craft glue to glue your cardboard gingerbread house together, but I would suggest using a glue gun for this step as it can be a little fiddly and it will be harder to hold it together if you have to wait for the glue to dry.

Start with the gingerbread house roof. Thread string through the cardboard roof. This will be for hanging your gingerbread house ornament on the Christmas tree when it is complete.

gingerbread house ornament instructions

Now start glueing the cardboard house together. Glue the chimney to the roof and then glue on the sides and finally the base of the gingerbread house.

How to make a cardboard gingerbread house ornament for kids

STEP 3: Decorate cardboard gingerbread house

Now for the fun part! It's time to decorate your gingerbread house. Toddlers, preschoolers and older kids will all love getting creative to decorate a gingerbread house in their own unique way. You can use paint, markers, paint pens, glitter, cotton balls, stickers, really anything! The important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process of decorating your own gingerbread house.

To decorate your gingerbread house like the image below use an acrylic paint pens to draw a door, windows, tiles and extra details and then add a glittery heart sticker.

cardboard gingerbread house

Once your cardboard gingerbread house is complete leave it to dry and then hang it on the Christmas tree proudly for all to see! 

gingerbread house ornament


To download this cardboard gingerbread house template for free click on the link below and use the discount code:house. For personal use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted.

printable gingerbread house template

We hope that you have fun making and decorating your own cardboard gingerbread house ornament and that you find the gingerbread house template useful. Decorating a cardboard gingerbread house can be just as much fun (if not more) than decorating a real gingerbread house.

Cardboard ginger bread house ornament with gingerbread house template.

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