On the Eleventh Day of a Crafty Christmas…
My 12 Days of a Crafty Christmas series is nearing the end! But I have a couple more fun projects to share with you like’s today’s Color Your Own – Gingerbread House Box! Not only do you get to have some paper crafting fun, but you get to color it too!
This box actually came about because my kids kept trying to color my Cozy Cabin Treat Boxes from earlier in this series. I figured why not give them a box they can go crazy with! I used the exact same pattern I’d created and drew a gingerbread house in place of the cozy cabin. They had a ton of fun coloring them. My son spent a lot of time coloring his, whereas my 2-year-old did some impressive scribbling and had way more fun filling the box with Little People and Legos and then carrying it all over the house! Either way, it was a fun activity we all did together!
We are planning to make a few more of these cute boxes to hold some fun gingerbread ornaments we made. These will be the cutest gifts for our family!
You can download the free printable and create your own boxes. The tutorial shows two ways to put these houses together. The first way is how I assembled the Cozy Cabin boxes – cutting out the notches and handles to make the boxes into treat boxes that can open and close. The second way you can make these skips the whole X-Acto knife step and is much quicker. If you are making these with kids and they don’t need to open or close this is the way to go. They’ll have a fun Gingerbread House they colored that they can display at home!
Supplies Needed for Color Your Own – Gingerbread House Box
- Free printable – located at the end of this post
- White cardstock – I printed mine on 110lb cardstock
- Markers, crayons or colored pencils to color the box
- Scoring board and stylus
- Clear Gelly Roll Stardust pen
- X-Acto knife and cutting mat *optional
Step One: Print the coloring pages onto white cardstock. I use 110lb cardstock and my Canon TS6120. I just got this printer and love that it has a rear tray to load paper. It means I can print on heavier papers without a problem. I’m excited to try some specialty paper and see how it does!
Step Two: Time to color! I love coloring. I rarely make the time for it, but when I do sit down and color, it is so relaxing. I could keep coloring for hours!
When I colored these boxes with my kids, we all used crayons. I later colored a couple more with my Crayola Fine Line Markers which worked really well. I don’t let my kiddos use these yet since my 2-year-old is still in a marker-poking phase and she breaks a lot of the tips on her Pip-Squeaks! I like to say she is just practicing her pointillism – the next George Seurat! ;) Needless to say, she isn’t allowed to use any of my markers just yet!
After my pages were colored with markers I wanted to add a little glitz to them! I used my clear Gelly Roll Stardust pen and colored anywhere I wanted there to be sparkle! Pretty much all of the white icing areas. It gives such a nice sparkle without the mess of actual glitter.
Step Three: Once your coloring pages are finished it’s time to assemble the boxes! First, you will need to cut out the boxes using a scissors.
**Now, this is where you can decide how you want your boxes to be used. If they are going to be treat boxes that can be filled with goodies, follow the rest of Step Three. If you want it to be used as a colored gingerbread house that doesn’t open up, skip ahead to Step Four!
After the two pieces have been cut out with scissors, use your X-Acto knife to cut out the notch and the handle on each piece.
Step Four: Score the box along the score lines. Check out the diagram below to know where to score. Fold along the score lines.
Step Five: Use Scor-Tape to adhere the box together along the tabs. You can read a bit more about my love of Scor-Tape, and enter to win a Scor-Tape bundle, on my Cozy Cabin Treat Box post!
I used 1/4″ Scor-Tape on this box. Once the box was together, I folded in the bottom. You can tape the bottom from the inside of the box so the box is more study. When I made these for my kids, I taped the box together on the outside to make it super strong. I knew they’d be playing with it and definitely not care if tape was visible!
If you are using the box as a treat box, you can close the box using the notches and the box is finished and ready to be filled with treats!
If the box is not intended to be opened, you can tuck the two pieces that would have been notched in underneath the handle. Tape the top of the box closed.
These boxes were a lot of fun to make and so much fun to color with my kids! I have to thank them for the great idea! :)
I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 12 of a Crafty Christmas! For all those following along with my series, thank you! I hope you are having fun and feeling as festive as I am!
Happy Holiday Crafting!
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