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Although we do like to make cookies at Christmas time, we also like decorating this fun cardboard version of gingerbread people - and it makes the perfect festive garland!

Start with:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard Cereal Box (we used a large family sized one)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: We started by cutting a gingerbread person template from a piece of paper and then tracing it to the cardboard box - making sure the hands and feet touched the next one to form the garland.

Step 2: Cut out the gingerbread people. The cardboard is a bit thick so this part is best done by an adult.

Step 3: Paint a white border around the edges of of the gingerbread people bodies. 

Step 4: While the paint dries, cut clothes and accessories from cardstock.

Step 5: Glue the outfits and other details. For the eyes, we used a single hole punch and a 1 inch paper punch.

A single family sized cereal box should make four gingerbread people. Add another cereal box or two to make the garland even longer!

Holly is such a pretty and classic Christmas decoration. We used it for inspiration for our Cardboard Christmas Holly Crown!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a strip of cardboard for the crown band.

Step 2: Secure the ends of cardboard together with a stapler to create the crown band.

Step 3: Cut out holly leaves from cardboard and paint green. Allow to dry.

 

Step 4: Cut out circles from cardboard for the holly berries. Paint red and allow them to dry.

Step 5: Glue the holly leaves together.

Step 6: Add the holly berries to the center of the holly leaves.

Step 7: Glue the holly to the crown band to complete.

Fun for a Christmas tea or for a festive dress up option!

Have you decorated your Christmas tree yet? We did on Friday and each year I love to see our handmade ornaments from past years. This one is easy to make and has lots of fun texture!

Start with:

  • Yarn
  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Paper Straws
  • String or Bakers Twine
  • Single Hole Paper Punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a cardboard rectangle and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Cut a small piece of textured cardboard and glue it to the lower portion of the cardboard rectangle for the tree trunk.

Step 3: Cut yarn into small strips and glue on top of the tree trunk, making sure the pieces of yarn get smaller as they reach the top of the tree.

Step 4: Glue paper straws to the two outer edges of the rectangle.

Step 5: Punch two holes to the top of the cardboard rectangle.

Step 6: Cut a piece of string or bakers twine, place through two punched holes and tie a loop to hang the ornament.

Step 7: To finish off the ornament border, cut two additional pieces of paper straw and glue to the top and bottom of the cardboard rectangle.

This ornament can be made with a variety of green yarn and decorated with mini pom poms too!

Tell your Valentine just how sweet you think he or she is with this fun Cupcake Valentine!

Start with:

  • Textured Cardboard
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Paper Cup
  • Pom Pom
  • Paper Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a paper cup to the height of a cupcake wrapper.

Step 2: Cut a length of textured cardboard the same height as the paper cup.

Step 3: Glue the outside of the paper cup and wrap in textured cardboard.

Step 4: Create a paper ball. Full tutorial here.

Step 5: Glue the paper ball on top of the paper cup.

Step 6: Add a pom pom "cherry" on top.

Step 7: Paper punch "Sprinkles" from different colored cardstock and glue to the cupcake.

Loop a little tag on a string through the paper ball portion to add a special message for your sweet Valentine!