Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses

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Make some cute light-up Tiny Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard!

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I was thinking as I was making these adorable little houses, I don’t know if I’ve ever really talked about what I used to do for a job before this. I worked for an architecture firm doing 3D computer rendering and animation. So if you were investing in the construction of a building, we would show you really cool realistic computer generated images and walk-through animations showing you what the building would look like inside and out. I created complete 3D computer worlds with the buildings and materials and roads and trees and people and everything. It was definitely challenging and interesting and occasionally creative and I did like it. But what I liked best was that I had to mostly teach myself how to do it so I was constantly learning things and solving puzzles.

And the funny thing is, even though architecture has become almost completely computerized in the real world, when you’re in school, you do most of your work by hand. When I got my Masters, I spent 3 years doing hand drawings and building models with nothing but glue and and an exacto knife. I’m sure there is some rationale behind this kind of hands on design but really, don’t get me started on the lack of real world technological preparation I got in school. I sometimes like to joke that I don’t have a Masters of Architecture, I have a Masters of Cutting and Gluing. Little did I know that would actually turn out to be valuable later on!

Anyway, back to the point, I made these tiny, cute, little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard. I’ll show you how I did it and it only took me a couple hours, but if you do not have a Masters of Cutting and Gluing, you might expect them to take a little longer. It’s worth it, in my opinion, because they are just so darn adorable! Even my husband saw them and said, “Awwww!” And they light up too!  Here’s how I did it:

Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses 

Cardboard – use an old box!

Exacto Knife

Hot Glue Gun

Metal Ruler

White Paint Pen

Tracing Paper or wax paper

Battery Operated Tea Lights

1. Gather some cardboard and ruler and start drawing out your houses. I drew all the pieces before I cut anything. For reference, my houses were 4 inches by 3 inches. The tall one is 3 inches by 3 inches. I drew everything but the roof pieces.  I won’t give you more exact measurements because the fun is really in designing your own! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up!

2. Using a metal ruler and a brand new blade in your knife cut out all the pieces. Here are my best tips for cutting through corrugated cardboard:

  • go slow, it will take a few passes to cut all the way through.
  • If your edges start to look ragged or it get harder to cut, change to a new blade. I changed my blade twice during this project.
  • sometimes it helps to turn the piece of cardboard over to see where you haven’t cut through yet. This can be helpful at corners.

Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up!

 

3. When all of the sides are cut out of your houses, use your white paint pen to decorate them like gingerbread houses. Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up!

4. Turn the cardboard pieces over and glue small pieces of tracing paper over the back of the windows and doors. This will make the houses glow and stop you from seeing the battery operated candle inside.Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up!

5. Start constructing your houses. Use glue to attach the sides to the front. Then add the back. These houses do not have a bottom. Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up!

6. Now all you need is a roof! I waited to measure and cut the roof pieces because sometimes, the final product can be not exactly the size you planned due to inconsistencies in cutting or something not having perfectly right angles. So measure for the roof pieces once the body of the house is built. You can have the eaves hang over as much or as little as you want! After this, you’re done!

Enjoy your Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses as is…Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up!

OR lift them up and put a battery operated tea light inside to make the glow! (Obviously don’t use a real candle, please!)Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up! Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses | littleredwindow.com | Make these adorable little Gingerbread Houses out of cardboard, they even light up!

 

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42 thoughts on “Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread Houses

  1. What an awesome idea, this is so creative!!! Love it!!! I just made my gingerbread house this week, but I might just make a couple little cardboard ones! They would make such cute Christmas ornaments too! Thanks for the inspiration!!! :)

  2. These are too cute! I’ll have to try this with the kiddos and ditch the edible version. Do one each year when they’re young, then by the time their adults they’ll have a whole village! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  3. Cassie, these are SO ridiculously cute I cannot even stand it. I’m sending this link to my friend who is also a former architect (and who also lives in OP)! She constructs these amazing real gingerbread houses every Christmas, but this year, I think she should do cardboard!

  4. Love these! They look so cute and realistic, without the trouble of making something that you’ll have to throw away. I’m including this in some features on my blog tomorrow at Your Turn to Shine. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  5. They are so adorable. Such a fun holiday craft to do with the older kiddos. I know my girls will love to make these with me. Thank you for linking-up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday.

    Wishing you an amazing Christmas week.
    xx
    Lysa ~ Co-Host OMHGWW

  6. Gracias querida amiga por publicar este trabajo tan bello, mi hijo tiene que presentar una ciudad de cartón para su trabajo de ciencias, y esto le cae de maravilla, gracias,

  7. I appreciate that you have ads and why, but there are just way too many here. I love your style and posts but I’m on the iPad most of the time and the ads just take over the whole post.

  8. These little houses were such a great inspiration. I only had time to make two on Christmas Day before a large dinner party but they were so adorable and I love them!

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