Make this adorable Gingerbread House Wreath using recycled cardboard!
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you might recognize the base of this gingerbread house wreath as one I made last year. I loved it the way it was but then last weekend, when I was working on this adorable cardboard gingerbread house, I knew they just had to go together! What’s cuter than a little gingerbread house sitting in fluffy white snow? Answer? Not much! So I’m going to show you how to make the entire thing. It’s a lot of photos, but really, it’s not that complicated, I promise. And when you’re finished, you’ll have a cute little gingerbread house wreath that won’t go bad or get moldy! Here’s how I did it.
Cardboard Gingerbread House Wreath
Piece of cardboard
1. The wreath form I used was green so the first thing I did was paint it with a coat of white paint so no green would show between the yarn.
2. When that was dry, I simply wound the super chunky yarn around the wreath form until it was covered. I secured it in the back with hot glue. Every time I wrap something in yarn or string or twine I swear that I will NEVER ever do it again because it takes a million hours longer than I think it will. However, I’m going to amend that statement to say I will never wrap with anything but super chunky yarn because it was quick and easy!3. Next I got to work on my gingerbread house. First I sketched what I wanted it to look like. Then I started drawing it out with a ruler on the cardboard. You’ll have to measure across the base of the center of your wreath to see how wide to make it. I added what are basically two tabs on the sides so I could attach the house across but not have the actual sides of the house touching the sides of the wreath. 4. Once your house is drawn, start cutting it out with your craft knife and a metal ruler. Make sure your knife has a brand new blade and go slowly. If you’re having trouble cutting through, turn your cardboard over to the back and you’ll be able to see the spots where your cuts aren’t connecting. 5. Then I cut a few small strips and pieces of cardboard to give my house a little dimension. I added strips for the roof and the chimney top, a piece for the roof on the side and a little piece with its own roof strips for the front door. 6. Before I glued that front door on, I cut out the windows. Then I glued some scraps of parchment paper (vellum would work too) behind them. If you wanted to add some mini twinkle lights behind your house, the windows would glow! 7. Finally I started drawing on the “frosting” details with my white paint pen. 8. When it was done, I hot glued it in place behind the center of the wreath.
9. Then I took some thread and hung my little wooden snowflakes from the top. You could glue the thread but I actually just threaded the end on a needle, and put a little stitch through the chunky yarn to hold them each one in place. Finally, with the red ribbon, I tied a bow and then glued that to a loop of ribbon and used that to hang the wreath. (Secret tip: that’s much easier that trying to tie a bow using the loop of ribbon itself) And that’s it! An adorable snowy gingerbread house wreath!
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