Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses

Children love making homemade Christmas ornaments to add to their tree every year. The Recycled Village of Gingerbread House are simply and fun and No sugar sweets involved.

What you will need:

  • Empty milk and/or juice cartons, rinsed well and dried
  • Paper napkins or tissue paper
  • Cereal box cardboard or white cardboard (for roofs)
  • Buttons in a variety of colors and sizes
  • Decoupage medium
  • Light brown and white acrylic craft paint
  • White Texture Effect
  • Cotton Wool
  • White paint pen
  • Craft jewels
  • Candy canes
  • Beads
  • Yellow card stock
  • Silver glitter
  • Black and White marker
  • Tools: scissors, paintbrush, hot glue gun, palette knife

Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses


  • Paint each of the houses light brown some may need two coats.
  • While the houses are drying, make your roof from cereal box or white cardboard and fold in half.
  • If using the cardboard box paint white (it may need 2 coats) and then glue the roof to the top of the houses.
  • Add Cotton Wool to the roof and make it look like snow and sprinkle some silver glitter.
  • All that’s left to do is decorate your house. For the windows I used yellow card and a black marker to draw the squares, other windows I drew on with a white paint pen.
  • We decorated the bottom of all the houses with craft jewels, stickers and buttons. That gave each house enough weight to keep them standing.
  • If you have more than one Gingerbread House, make a small village. Glue all the houses to a piece of foam or board and create a pathway using different colored buttons or draw with the marker.

Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses


Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses

Have fun with this experiment and we recommend adult supervision at all times.

A Big Thank You to Elizabeth for doing our Christmas Arts and Crafts!

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