Monday, November 8, 2010

Reusable Felt Gingerbread House

I made this reusable gingerbread house for my kids last year and really wanted to share it with you now.  I'm making another one as a gift for my daughter's preschool class, so thought this would be the perfect time to show you how I did it.

I started off by checking our recycling bins for old boxes I could use for the house.  I'm sorry I didn't mark down my measurements, I just cut the pieces to the size I wanted the house to be.  Those are the 2 roof pieces, 2 end walls and 2 long side walls.

I used my hot glue gun to glue the pieces together.

Next, I used a combination of spray adhesive and hot glue to attach the brown felt to the sides.  I started by adhering the felt to the end walls first, with pieces cut to match.

Then I adhered a longer piece that covered the long side wall, across the roof, and down the other long side wall.

I used the hot glue to fold over and keep the short ends down.

I used hot glue to adhere large white rickrack to cover the ends and add a decorative touch.

I glued the house to a base made from a thick piece of cardboard covered in batting.  Then I used my felt scraps to cut out a door, windows and lots of yummy candy to decorate the house with over and over again!

This was SO EASY to make!  The longest part was cutting out all those cute little candy decorations, but it was totally worth it, because my kids love it!

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  1. Visiting from A Crafy Soiree. Your gingerbread house is so cute. What a great idea.

  2. Saw this on the Crafty Soiree. This is so cute!!! I think I might try making one of these.

  3. So adorable.. love it! I just love the versatility of felt.

  4. Super cute! What a great idea, thank's for sharing! Visiting from What Allie's Making Now

  5. This is really cute! No candy for little ones to pick off and steal! Love it!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  6. I love it! Stopping by from Making it with Allie and this is definitely on my list -- I love felt and keep even the tiniest scraps so this will be a great scrapbuster. :)