Gingerbread House Gift Boxes: A Jolly Way to Wrap Kids' Gifts

Upcycle cardboard boxes into fun and festive packages kids will love.

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If you're an online shopper, you most likely have mountains of boxes in your home. Before you toss those boxes in the recycling bin, transform them into festive gingerbread-house gift boxes that double as toys for your kids. Follow our instructions below to make your own, then watch how to create two more gift-wrap ideas for little ones.

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Recipients get two for one with these gift wrap ideas that double as toys.

Gingerbread House Gift Box

Materials Needed

  • small, medium and large cardboard boxes
  • scissors
  • utility knife
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • ruler
  • white paint marker
  • colorful card stock or scrapbook paper
  • tissue paper

Cut Triangles for Roof

Glue the bottom of the box so it stays shut and firmly flat on the table. At the top of the box, on the shorter side, cut triangles at the top. (The pointed part of the triangle, should face up.) This is the beginning of your roof. Cut off the longer flaps from the top part of the box (Image 1). Glue these two sides together to form the roof (Image 2). The roof will lay on top of the box so it’s easy to remove later when opening the present.

Decorate Box

Draw windows, doors and any other decor you desire using a white paint marker and ruler to create straight lines (Images 1, 2).

Cut Windows + Doors

Once you’re done decorating, cut out the window panes and door using a utility knife (Images 1, 2). Make sure to leave a hinge on the door so you can open and close it.

Attach Paper

Glue the inside of the box and press a sheet of card stock or scrapbook paper to cover the windows and doors. Place the tissue paper and present inside the box, and top with the roof. Your gift is ready!

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