DIY Gingerbread House (Faux) – Chris Loves Julia

I found this jaw-droppingly beautiful gingerbread house on Amazon (pictured below on the top shelf), and I paid a pretty penny for it! It’s been a while since I’ve had my hand at crafting, but I thought some white hot glue sticks and a paper mache house might be able to replicate it! On Thanksgiving day, my sisters and I sat around the table, glue guns in hand, and patiently crafted the cutest gingerbread village. I thought it would be fun to share the supplies we used and how we did it in case you feel like getting crafty this season.

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I bought this set of 3 paper mache houses from Hobby Lobby, which is no longer available online, but you might be able to find them at your local store! Here are some other options if you’re looking to DIY this simple Holiday project, including all the supplies you’ll need!

DIY Gingerbread House Supplies

1. Scalloped House Paper Assembly Kit $5
2. White Hot Glue Sticks $6
3. Hot Glue Gun $13
4. Cardboard House Assortment $43
5. Paper Mache House $40
6. Paper Mache House $35

We didn’t paint any of these, but if I were to go back and do it again, I think I would have given them a brown base coat to look more gingerbread-like.

Just go for it!

I recommend testing out the glue consistency on a plate until you get the hang of it. And then you just kind of go for it! No one really had a plan going into this, so we all just freehanded the designs as we went! They all turned out so cute.

More is more!

For the really charming gingerbread look, I feel like more is more! Adding in some cute dots and flourishes gives it this really magical look and feel. There are still some glue strings that still need cleaning up, but I think for the small cost, they turned out so cute! I’m thinking of adding a new house to the collection every year!

If you’re not interested in the DIY route but still love the gingerbread house look, here are some adorable, already-made houses for you!

1. Gingerbread Cottage $60
2. Lighted Gingerbread House $82
3. Holiday in Provence $118
4. Waterloo Set of 3 $89
5. Icing Gingerbread House $128
6. Pretzel Cottage $118
7. Lighted Gingerbread House $149
8. Gingerbread Cookie Jar $55
9. Maileg The Gingerbread House $50
10. Scrollwork Lighted Gingerbread House $82

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