Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DIY Cardboard Gingerbread Houses

I really love craft projects where I can use old things like cardboard boxes. This isn't just because they're usually cheap and it's good to recycle, but also because I have a bit of a hoarding problem and any project where I can get rid of some junk is a good project. So here are some cardboard gingerbread houses.

What you need:
  • 1 large cardboard box
  • scissors/exacto knife
  • white and red acrylic paint
  • hot glue
  • flameless candles

Start by cutting your cardboard into little house shapes, leaving enough extra cardboard on each side of the house so that you can fold the sides back and make a little triangle. Use an exacto knife to cut out doors and windows. Then use some white and red acrylic paint to decorate the houses. I like the look of textured paint, so I just skipped the paintbrush and used the bottle itself to apply the paint to the cardboard.

Once the paint is dry, fold the sides of the house back and glue them to each other so that the house can stand on its own. Put a flameless candle in the middle so that it glows, and you're done! Now you have a cool light up Christmas decoration instead of an old box. Win/win.

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