How to Create Paper Mache Gingerbread House

by Toni Burks-Grijalva

This gingerbread house will hold mini album of past and upcoming Christmas baking pictures. Hope you enjoy ! Visit my blog @


  • Paper Mache House
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Chipboard Pieces for Bricks & Fence
  • Crackle Paint
  • Distress Inks
  • Assorted Glitters
  • SnowTex
  • Glue Gun & Glue
  • Roof Shingles
  • Craft Clay
  • Bottle Brush Trees
  • Bleach
  • Glossy Accents
  • Assorted Embellishments
  • Walnut Stain
  • Ideology Hitch Fastener
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I purchased this paper mache house and Hobby Lobby for $5.99 with my 40% coupon.

    Step 2

    I mixed two different browns to achieve a gingerbread color. Paint the entire inside and out.

    Step 3

    Using Blue Ferns Chipboard pieces are wonderful for this project. Cut random pieces for the sides of the house for added texture and interest.

    Step 4

    Using black archival ink and my splatter stamp, I randomly stamped all over the house

    Step 5

    This is the effect... kind of looks like the spices in gingerbread... lol

    Step 6

    Paint around the bottom base of the house green... you could also paint it white means you will be adding snow. I preferred to see the green underneath the snow.

    Step 7

    Paint a coat of paint on the surface of your house and while wet, sprinkle with Rock Candy Glitter. DO NOT use Glue & Seal on this as it leaves a opaque look and you want this to look like sugar.

    Step 8

    Apply Black Soot Distress Ink to the brick pieces for added depth and shadowing.

    Step 9

    The distress ink adds such a pretty shadow

    Step 10

    Apply a coat of your dark color, allow to dry. Apply a coat of weathered wood crackle and allow to dry. Lastly, apply a coat of white and watch the magic.

    Step 11

    Making your own embellishments is so much fun.

    Step 12

    Step 13

    Allow to dry completly. Attach jump ring. Using a piercing tool make a hole over the door and attached Ideology Hinge fastener, then attached the jump ring with my door sign.

    Step 14

    Time to decorate the windows. This is the clay that I used. Make sure you read the baking instructions on your label as each manufacturer is different. This one is 275 @ 15 min. Worked wonderful.

    Step 15

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    Step 17

    I made several candy cane sticks to have on hand for upcoming holiday projects.

    Step 18

    I purchased the shingles at Hobby Lobby in the doll house section.

    Step 19

    Step 20

    Using a stain I colored the roof... I chose Terracotta & Walnut stain.

    Step 21

    I love how the black soot distress ink grunges up the roof.... I really don't know what I would do without black soot distress ink.

    Step 22

    I wasn't happy with the color of these trees when I bought them, they had too much blue tone to them, so I decided to custom color mine.

    Step 23

    Look how fast they bleach out.

    Step 24

    I don't know about you, but I love bottle brush trees and I always have a stash around that I can custom color for different holidays... Halloween, Easter, etc.

    Step 25

    Using my Lindys Stamp Gang sprays, I chose a couple greens that I loved and they turned out just the perfect color... If you notice I also bleached up some wreaths.

    Step 26

    Add your Snow-Tex to your roof, around the windows, on the brick pieces, the grass area etc.

    Step 27

    While the Snow-Tex is still wet, sprinkle iridescent glitter

    Step 28

    For icicles, take your glue gun and lay it on the roof ledge and slowing drip a small amount and allow it to drip on it's own. Snow-Tex the ledges of the roof.

    Step 29

    And now for the fun part... embellish. Decorate your wreath, trees, roof etc.

    Step 30

    When it comes to embellishing I always say "More is better".

    Step 31

    Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have a beautiful Christmas !