Cardboard Box Gingerbread House Gift Box: A Super-fun Upcycle

Last night I was wrapping a present for Claire, and I don’t know what came over me.  The ugly old box ended up as a cardboard gingerbread house.  When Claire woke up this morning, she thought the box itself was her present.  Now we are plotting a whole upcycled cardboard box village, but I thought I’d post this, in case y’all want to try it yourself. Way too much fun.

Gather paper scraps, scissors, glue, glitter, and have at it.

BoxHouse1You could add more color, but I sort of like the natural Kraft-on-cardboard look:

HouseWindowNow they tell us Mies van der Rohe didn’t really say, “God is in the details,” but as long as I’m playing architect, I ponder such things…


This project was inspired by one of the very last issues of Craft Zine in print (now thriving online).

I’m off until after Christmas.  Peace and joy to all.


    1. lyanda

      HI Matthew. Glad you’re inspired–but there really aren’t “instructions.” Just find a cardboard box, scraps of paper, and some glue, and let your imagination go. Enjoy.

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