Cardboard Gingerbread House Garland

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Recycle cardboard into a charming gingerbread house Christmas garland this year! This DIY Christmas garland is easy to make with the free printable templates I used, and some paper and cardboard.

Gingerbread house DIY Christmas garland hanging on a fireplace mantel, with text overlay reading "Cardboard Gingerbread House Garland."

I love gingerbread houses!  I bake well over 100 every year (to give to students, neighbors, friends, and scout groups).  I've competed on Food Network's Holiday Gingerbread Showdown.  I wrote the Gingerbread for Beginners book.  So it's no surprise that I love gingerbread themed Christmas decorations, too!  That's why for today's DIY Decorations themed edition of the Festive Christmas Ideas Blog Hop, I decided to make myself a new gingerbread house Christmas garland--made from recycled cardboard!

Festive Christmas Ideas Blog Hop graphic featuring illustrated mugs of hot chocolate.

Welcome back to year 6 of our Festive Christmas Event where we team up with a bunch of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season.

We will be baking some cookie recipes for you, sharing some party games, making some handmade gifts, doing some ornament crafting, and sharing our Christmas movies family fun. There will be breakfast recipes and as always our decorated Christmas Trees which is always a fun tour of homes.

You will find new ideas every Monday and Wednesday between Oct. 19th through Nov. 18th. Scroll all the way down to find all the ideas linked at the end.  Our theme today is DIY Christmas Decorations!

Five gingerbread houses in different sizes and shapes.

I've made a lot of different gingerbread houses over the years, but my two classic shapes are the A-frame and the chalet style.

Gingerbread House Christmas Garland made out of cardboard and paper.

As you can see, those are the two shapes I chose to represent in my cardboard gingerbread house garland.

Printable gingerbread house templates used to make a cardboard gingerbread house Christmas garland.

I actually used my A frame (find the printable template in this post)  and Chalet style printable gingerbread house templates (find the chalet style gingerbread house templates here) for this project.  I just printed and cut out the front of the house (not the sides, back, or roof), and I printed them at half size, 50%.

Screenshot showing how to resize a pdf to print the gingerbread house templates at 50%.

Printing a PDF at 50% is easy.  When you see the print preview screen (like the picture above), look for the area that says "scale" and change that to 50.  It might say "default" or "100" when you see it, but if you change it to 50, it'll print at half the normal size.

Materials for Gingerbread House Christmas Garland:

  • cardboard
  • printable gingerbread house templates
  • white paper
  • rhinestones
  • white paint

Cardboard being cut into gingerbread house shapes to make a gingerbread house Christmas garland.

Print and cut out the gingerbread house templates, and trace on cardboard.  I used a thin cardboard box (a box that held Diet Coke cans, actually) for this project.  You can use any brown cardboard, but I liked using a thin cardboard.  It's sturdy enough for this purpose, but easy to cut with scissors.

Cut out the gingerbread house shapes from the cardboard.

Cardboard gingerbread house shapes being decorated with white paper.

Use white paper to decorate your gingerbread houses.  I used a low temperature glue gun to glue the paper pieces to my cardboard shapes.

A frame gingerbread house shape cut out of cardboard, and being decorated with strips of white paper.

I found it easier to glue on a longer strip of white paper than I needed, and then trim off the excess, rather than try to cut the pieces of paper exactly to size.

Cardboard gingerbread house shapes for a DIY Christmas garland being decorated with rhinestones.

I then glued on some rhinestones for some added sparkle.  I always use Aleene's Jewel-It glue whenever I'm gluing rhinestones.  It holds the rhinestones beautifully and dries clear.  It is WAY easier to use than a hot glue gun for tiny embellishments like rhinestones.

Stuart Semple Saint Potion white paint used to paint details on cardboard gingerbread house shapes.

I originally bought paint markers to make the door and window decorations on my gingerbread house garland, but I discovered that those kinds of markers do NOT work well on porous material, like cardboard.  It just absorbed the paint, and even after three layers, looked faint and disappointing.  So I just pulled out my favorite white acrylic paint (if you're not familiar with Stuart Semple and his paints, do yourself a favor and check him out) and painted on the details with a brush.

Cardboard gingerbread house garland being assembled with a glue gun.

I only had very thin white yarn on hand, and I wanted the cord of my garland to be a little more substantial, so I made just a simple crochet chain.  I actually used my fingers to do it, since I don't crochet.  Check out the video for a demonstration of how I did that.  Or just buy chunkier yarn than I used!  

The cardboard gingerbread houses were jsut glued to the yarn with a low temperature glue gun.

Gingerbread house Christmas garland hanging on a fireplace mantel.

I love how my new gingerbread house garland turned out!

Cardboard Gingerbread house garland hanging on a fireplace mantel.

I also think these little cardboard gingerbread houses would make absolutely darling gift tags.  I'm definitely going to work on that next.

Other DIY Christmas Decorations from the Festive Christmas Ideas Blog Hop:

Be sure to check out the other amazing Christmas Decorations from my fellow bloggers in the Festive Christmas Ideas Blog Hop.

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3. String Art Trees As For Me and My Homestead

4. Wood Burned Ornaments The Aspiring Home

5. DIY Milk Carton Christmas Village Little Vintage Cottage

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9. Easy Glamping Christmas Mantel Decor An Alli Event

10. Repurposed Cabinet Door Christmas Signs Interior Frugalista

11. Christmas Joy Decor Across The Blvd.

12. Free Christmas Printables Polka Dot Poplars

13. Neutral Farmhouse DIY Christmas Centerpiece for the Kitchen Pretty DIY Home

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15. DIY Red and White Christmas Wreath Domestically Creative

16. Tabletop Christmas Decor Purple Hues and Me

17. How to Decorate a Snowy Christmas Window Mom Home Guide

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20. Festive Mini Christmas Signs Domestic Deadline

21. How To Easily Make Farmhouse Christmas Ornaments My Humble Home and Garden

22. DIY Bell Christmas Garland Farm Girl Reformed

23. How to Make Easy and Whimsical Elf Movie Holiday Decorations Our Sutton Place

24. Red, White & Gray Christmas Entry Table Eye Love Knots

25. DIY Christmas Gnome Craft Rocker

26. Getting Ready for Christmas on the Trails Simply Inspired Meals

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You are the gingerbread house queen. I love these so much. The embellishments make them even more gorgeous and I love how you draped the garland. Such a pretty and festive mantle.

ADORABLE garland idea! Showing this to my daughter who I know will love this idea.

This is so adorable!

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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