Sunday, November 22, 2015

Play Felt Gingerbread House


 I kept telling myself to wait just three more days until Thanksgiving was over to pull out the Christmas crafts, but I couldn't help it! Christmas crafts are so much fun to make and I LOVE how many of them can involve my kids. In the past, I have made felt Christmas trees for my kiddos, so they can decorate them over and over and leave my tree alone. This year it hit me. Why not do the same thing with a Gingerbread House? My kids were both thrilled when I told them my idea and sat with me the whole time I was making their house. They have had a blast with it.
 This house is super easy to make, it took me about a half hour and some basic supplies.

You will need:


 Empty your tissue box and save the tissues for later, or just wait for one to be empty. It is cold and flu season, I am sure you will end up with a Kleenex Lotion box in no time! Cut a long strip of tan felt. It should be slightly wider than your box and tall enough to go all the way up the sides.
 Cut a skinnier strip of tan. It should fit in the space you see above. Hot glue that skinny strip to the box and then hot glue the long strip on the opposite side, folding it around the edges, kind of like a present.
 Cut a long strip or white or sparkly white felt and glue around the edge.
 Fold your cardboard piece in half, so it creates the roof.
 Cover the roof in sparkly white and hot glue a triangle of tan on the edges to complete the house. I didn't do any gluing on the bottom of the roof, so that it still folds easily for storage.
 Fold the felt on the bottom into the opening and hot glue. You don't want to cover the opening because you want a place to be able to store the pieces.
 Using different colors of felt, cut out pieces for your house. I cut a brown door, some white frosted windows, a wreath, some hearts and a tree which I glued little ornament pom-poms to.
 I also gave my daughter some pieces of felt and let her cut out a bunch of different shapes to play with to. She had a blast just with a few scraps making little decorations for the house.
 Let your kids decorate the house over and over again with the felt pieces and when they are done, just slide them inside the Kleenex box for storage!
When we are down for the count in our house, we count on Kleenex Lotion. It is the only facial tissue I can count on to be soft on little noses when they have to be wiped over and over again. We love to buy them from Sam's Club because then we always have enough on hand for cold and flu season. Being able to create cute crafts from the boxes is just a bonus! 

What would you create from a Kleenex box? 
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45 comments:

Melissa {Persnickety Plates} said...

So cute. I'm excited for Christmas crafts, too =)

Heather said...

This is a great idea! I love the Christmas craft! We are still trying to finish up some Thanksgiving/Pilgrim/Turkey crafts, but soon we will be moving onto Christmas!

Logan Cantrell said...

What an adorable idea! I love this! It is so cute and simple enough even for me! haha

Esther Freedman said...

The cutest DIY! Love the concentration while making it :)

tiarastantrums said...

this is so adorable - I have 6 little ones over for Thanksgiving this year and this would go over really well

Kadie Arrington said...

How cute! I love the gingerbread house, and that you recycled the tissue box. :)

Healing Tomato said...

This is the most creative gingerbread house I have seen. Nice way to use the Kleenex box.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

I am such a sucker for cute tissue boxes!

Janet Krugel said...

I don't think I'll ever get over how creative you are! I love this and my son would love to make one of these.

Emily Thompson said...

oh that is SOOOO cute! I love felt projects!

Lydia Filgueras said...

What a cute project! I haven't done a felt craft in ages :)

Reesa Lewandowski said...

What a great upcycle idea for the kids! So cute!

Diana Villa said...

You are so talented! I bet my daughter would love it :)

Rebecca Brosemer said...

Such a fun winter activity to do with the kiddos and it is recycling too!! Double bonus!!

Kiersten Millican said...

These are so cute! And so much less messy than the cookie ones. :)

Taylor Speikers said...

How cute! I love the idea of using felt, I haven't used felt in years!

Susannah said...

This is totally creative and adorable!!! <3

Scraps said...

How clever! I know what you mean about trying to wait for the crafts... Earlier this month I had some crafting deadlines to hit for the design team I'm on so I had Halloween decorations still up through most of the house, a Veteran's Day banner hanging up in one room for photographs, and a whole pile of Christmas card samples set up in another! Felt like a department store holiday closeout section ;-)

Tara Settembre said...

That's so clever and resourceful of you. It's adorable too. I've only used empty kleenex boxes to let my boys play with when they were younger, they loved stuffing all their cars in them.

Laura O in AK said...

I love this idea for keeping kids occupied in creative play. Plus, it is FAR less mess than making one with icing.

Ourfamilyworld said...

What a cute gingerbread house. My girls will have so much fun doing this project.

Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio said...

I am loving this craft - my daughter would love to make one of these ;)

Heather Gallagher said...

These are adorable - so creative!

Jen K said...

This looks like so much fun. My boys would love to do this. Thanks for the inspiration!

Integrated Learning Strategies said...

How cute and fun! This is great for the kids and will be perfect for entertaining during the holidays. Great fine motor activity too. Our students will love it!

alexandria waning said...

Super cute. I love the felt trees, too. My daughter would love that in her room.

Erin Shebish said...

This is the most adorable project I have seen in forever! Im definitely making these with my kiddos!

lexie Willis said...

Oh I love these! Fun of a gingerbread house without all the crazy mess and stuff to clean up! Great idea. LifeAsLex

Kid Minds said...

What cuteness! We have been working on our gingerbread house all weekend. I was going to make a post out of it but my 2-year old broke it before I took pictures. Never let kids play with exhibits until pictures are taken. lol

Designitgirl said...

What a cute idea.

Krystal Butherus said...

You did such an amazing job transforming that box into a play house. My son would love to try this activity!

Nikka Shae said...

What a cute idea!! We decorate one every year!! We might have to try this!!!

Kiana Abram said...

This is such a cute and creative idea! Great craft for the kids for the holidays.

ana de jesus said...

Ooh this looks fun I am not very good at arts and crafts but this looks fab

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

I love felt crafts! They are so fun!

Kids Are A Trip said...

This gingerbread house is so cute! I love the idea of using a tissue box. With all the winter colds, we have plenty of those to spare. We love holiday crafts and I could definitely see us doing this one this year!

kristi dominguez said...

Super cute! Love that it's made with a box of Kleenex...very practical!

JaimeLovesStuff said...

You are seriously so creative- I can't even handle it. This gingerbread house is perfection!

Emily said...

Looks like a great recycling craft to do with kids! Love it!

Cathy Mini said...

Such a cute idea!! I bet my cousins would have a blast playing with this felt gingerbread house set!

Teresa B said...

I love this idea. This year I tried to make real gingerbread houses with the kids and it was a disaster...Maybe this felt version will do the trick. Plus, I love working with felt. Thank you for sharing!

If you have time, I would love for you to share this post over at the Holidays Celebration link party that is live right now! It's such a neat idea, I'm sure our readers would love it too! (http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.pt/2015/11/holidays-celebration-link-party-3-is.html)

Melissa French - The More With Less Mom said...

What a great idea for a quick toy! Thanks for posting. Hello from Motivation Monday.

Momi Glenz said...

Great idea! thanks for sharing

Jamie Sanders said...

So creative!

Danita Carr said...

Cute idea and so much less messy than a real gingerbread house.

 
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