Paper Gingerbread House


It’s a very special opportunity to be Mary Fish’s “Pals Guest Stamper”.  It’s an honor to have my upline use one of my designs on her blog, Stampin’ Pretty.   Out of the utmost admiration for Mary, I really wanted to create something special for the occasion.

I’ve never made a ‘real’ gingerbread house, but I’ve always wanted to.  I love playing with paper, so the next best thing was to create a paper gingerbread house.  Okay, the truth is, I love to bake, but I love to play with paper even more.  Therefore, this was better than making a culinary gingerbread house.  Instead of having flour all over me, I had glitter everywhere, which is a lot more attractive.  🙂

This is so much fun to make.  CLICK HERE for a printable template for the side walls, if you’re interested in making your own.  The walls and roof were made with Soft Suede cardstock; the roof measures 5-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.  The base was made with Whisper White cardstock and it measures 8″ x 8-1/2″.

For the corner “candy canes”, I cut 4 pieces of Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP 4-1/4″ x 1-1/2″ on the diagonal.  I distressed them with a bone folder so the would roll, and I scored them lengthwise 1/4″ from each edge, for a tab to attach to the walls using Sticky Tape.  The candy canes around the doors were cut with the Stocking Accents Die with Real Red and Whisper White cardstock, and I added a little Dazzling Details Iridescent Glitter Glue where the colors meet.  The ‘doors’ were made with Whisper White cardstock and scored diagonally and down the center with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  The ‘doorknobs’ are red Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads.  The wreath was made with Garden Green cardstock, and cut with the 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch and the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  The ‘berries’ on the wreath are Basic Pearls that were colored with a red permanent marker, and the bow is made with Real Red 1/8″ Tafetta Ribbon.   

On the sides and back, I created windows with Bashful Blue and Whisper White cardstock.  I added Dazzling Details to the corners of the windows for ‘frost’.  The trees were cut out of Garden Green cardstock, using the Stocking Accents Die, and then I added ‘ornaments’ made of Basic Pearls and  Basic Rhinestones that were colored with red and green permanent markers and a gold metallic marker.

The roof ‘gum drops’ were made with Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Elegant Eggplant circles cut with the 3/4″ Circle Punch and then coated with Allpurpose Glue and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  The trim around the roof edge was made with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch and Whisper White cardstock.

The roof and base are attached with 1/2″ x 1″ tabs.  For final touches, I added Dazzling Details dots on the walls and Mica Flakes on the base.

What’s the best thing about this Gingerbread House?  It’s calorie-free!  I hope you enjoyed this project, and that you’ll use the template to make the base house, and decorate it with your own style!

My favorite item is the ‘candy canes’ on the corners.  I’d love to hear what you like best about it;  please leave a comment!


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  1. Dr Sonia

    Fantastic creation!
    I have made a recycled house box :http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com/2011/11/house-shaped-box-with-punchcraft-and.html

  2. Wendy

    OMG!!! This is gorgeous!!! 🙂 how long did it take you to make this?

    I had to share your site with my friends! I love your creations! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Jen

    Oh. My. WORD.

    I am speechless.. and if you knew me you would know that is unheard of!

    Of all the amazing projects I drool over, this one takes the cake (or the gingerbread house, as the case may be)! WAY TO GO!!!

  4. Helen M. Schadegg

    AMAZING! A little Gingerbread Cottage perfect in every way! You are very generous to share the details with all of us. Many thanks for my next year decorating project.

  5. Patti MacLeith

    WOW and FANTASTIC! I love it! You can keep it year after year. However, it would also make a fantastic gift. I love that roof!

  6. Vicki Leith

    I am always amazed at the creativity that I see but this gingerbread house just blows me away! Awesome job!

  7. Katherine

    This is gorgeous – I can’t wait to get home this afternoon and make one of my own!

  8. Joyce Fisher

    I love the gum drop roof and the 3D trees….and that you were gracious enough to share “how to” with us so we can make one for ourself. Thanks!!! Merry Christmas!

  9. cher

    Your gingerbread house is GORGEOUS!

  10. Patti Corriere

    This is terrific. Love all the details.

  11. kylie

    wowzers! that’s an amazing gingerbread house! i hope you find a good way to store it so you can admire it year after year.

  12. Deb B (Debadoo)

    Wow, you really did an amazing job! I love this. I always save these things, but rarely make them, because we don’t decorate a lot, but this one I’m very tempted. Although I’d have to get that punch and the stocking accents die. I really love the gumdrop roof and the candy cane corners! I’m glad Mary shared this on her blog.

  13. Kathy

    This the most beautiful gingerbread house ever. You are so creative. Amazing how you were able to use paper for everything.

  14. Lisa S

    Love it all – but I especially love the trees, the roof and the candy cane corners. 🙂

  15. Carol Lucas

    This is wonderful, Cindy! My favorite part is the ribbon border punch trim along the roof. I also love your little trees. You are so creative!

  16. Bev S

    The Gingerbread House is beautiful! Can’t wait to try it. I love the frost on the windows & the gumdrop roof!

  17. Cindy Henry

    Your gingerbread house is soooooo cute, clever and full of fun details !! I don’t have a favorite decoration because I like everything about it equally. I want to make one with my Granddaughter ~ we have made edible gingerbread houses every year since she was 2 years old (10 now!) She even won 1st place in a contest when she was 6 and she did all the decorating herself. She will love making this paper one because she makes cards and “stuff” all the time. She loves to help me make cards for our troops !! Thanks so much for sharing this special project !
    Cindy Henry

  18. Lynn G.

    How cute !! have never made a gingerbread house and this one is one I would make – no mess in the kitchen – LOL. I have printed off the template.
    I love the gumdrop roof…

  19. Karen Gilbert

    Fabulous Cindy. It is hard to decide which would be my most favourite, there are so many great things going on at the Gingerbread House. If I had to choose, it would be the candy cane poles.

  20. Penny Silva

    Cindy, I loooooooooooooooove it. i can’t wait to try it. You did a fantastic job. I love 3-d items and have been collecting them for years. Thank you for sharing the tutorial

  21. TX JennyWren

    OH MY GOODNESS!! THE CUTEST THING I HAVE SEEN IN A LOOOONNNGGG TIME. My favorite part is the frost on the windows and the peppermint sticks on each corner of the house!! WOW

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  23. KatheD

    Oh, Cindy, you have absolutely outdone yourself and every gingerbread house creation I’ve ever seen. If I have to pick one “best” feature, I’ll agree with you about the candy cane corners, but really the entire thing is totally fabulous because of your attention to detail. Another of its best features is being made only from Stampin’ Up! products (ok, except those permanent markers)!

  24. Kadie in Arizona

    Cindy: Your gingerbread house is SO ADORABLE! All the hard work that you put into making your house really paid off – SO SUPER CUTE! Mentioned on Mary’s blog that my grandkids and I make gingerbread houses each year – but I seriously think this might be what we make next year – as they are all old enough to do PaperCrafting;. MANY THANKS for sharing your fabulous creation with all of us……and LOVE LOVE LOVE that it’s Weight Watchers Friendly.

  25. Holly AKA KopyKat

    This is so adorable, I love it

  26. Kathy t

    Your gingerbread house is adorable -I like the tress, the gum drops on the roof and the frost on the windows

  27. Sue Kremer

    What wonderful work! I missed so many details at first glance-glad I read the above comments. My favorite is the ‘Necko’ wafer roofing tiles.

    The only problem with a paper gingerbread house is that you can’t snitch the candy embellishments as you create. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Linda Callahan

    Over the top fabulous! What a wonderful project!

  29. Marilyn Brown

    Your gingerbread house is adorable. I was unable to download the template. Did I miss something? I love your web site. I signed up for it.

  30. Barbara Dykhouse

    Cindy, this is way too cute!! Your details are amazing! I love the “candy can” corners of the house, the fold out trees and the frost in the windows. Oh, and I forgot the beautiful lace edging on the roof!

  31. Terry Molineux

    OMGosh! This is gorgeous….what talent. I have saved this to my favorites and will try and give it
    a try! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Nancy Lempinen

    Oh my gosh, how adorable is this gingerbread house…I love it. I too have always wanted to make one, but never have, good for you for finally making one. Your creative juices were certainly flowing with this number, there are so many details it’s hard to name just one, but I love the candy cane doors and the pillars, the edging on the roof, the trees, oh my I love it all. SUPER DUPER JOB!

  33. Chantal

    I think that SUPERB sums it up! It’s very, very, very cute. I just love it. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

  34. LeAnne

    Well, I, like Mary, had my jaw drop on the floor after seeing this! You’ve outdone yourself!! Such a fun feast for the eyes and NO CALORIES! I might just have to try this myself!

  35. Carol Seitz

    So, so cute! I really love the frost on the windows. Such a small little touch that makes a big difference. It adds even more dimension to this adorable little house.

  36. Keryn

    I don’t know what I love the best about this gorgeous Gingerbread House. The fold out trees are lovely and so is the roof edging.

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