How To Make A Festive Cardboard Gingerbread House For Your Pets Using Old Boxes

Cardboard gingerbread house
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'Tis the season for coziness and merriment. Include your furry friends in your holiday traditions by making them a whimsical gingerbread house that will never go stale. It's the purrrfect present where they can curl up for naps by the fire and dream of chasing sugarplum fairies. Plus, it'll keep them distracted from climbing the Christmas tree!

Things You'll Need:

  • 2 medium cardboard boxes
  • Box cutter
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Painter's or masking tape
  • Non-toxic acrylic craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Oil-based white paint pen
  • Cardstock
  • Felt (optional)
DIY Cardboard Gingerbread House

Turn a cardboard box into a festive gingerbread house for your pets!

Posted by Cuteness on Saturday, December 16, 2017

Step 1

Tape the bottom of one box closed.

Taping bottom of box closed
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Step 2

Cut off both side flaps on the top of the box.

Arrows pointing to side flaps
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Step 3

Use a ruler to draw a triangular point on the front and back flaps, and then cut out with scissors.

Cutting front & back flaps into triangles
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Step 4

First, use a pencil to lightly draw a door and windows on the box, and then use a box cutter to cut them out. I opted for an arched door and two arched windows on the front of the house.

Cutting out front window
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I also cut square windows on each side of the house. I left a cross-shape intact in each window to mimic a window pane.

Cutting out side window
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Step 5

On the second box, you'll essentially break it down to use for scraps. Cut off two sides of the box and tape them together to form the roof.

Taping scrap boards together
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Step 6

Tape the roof to the top of the house.

Taping roof on top of house
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Step 7

Paint the house. I used a light brown color for the house and a salmon color for the door. Be sure to use non-toxic paint since your kitties will be hanging out inside the house.

Painting the door
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Step 8

While the paint is drying, draw a U-shaped roof shingle onto cardstock and cut it out. Use it as a template to trace identical shingles on several different colors of cardstock and then cut out all the shingles.

Cutting out roof shingles
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Step 9

Tape or glue the roof shingles in place on the roof, alternating the colors. You'll want to overlap the sides of the shingles on top of each other slightly. Also, overlap the row above on top of the row below for an authentic look.

Tip: I found that taping the shingles onto the roof was easier than gluing because it gives you the freedom to move the shingles around if needed.

Taping shingles to roof
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Step 10

Now for the frosting! Use an oil-based white paint pen to create gingerbread frosting designs. It may look intimidating, but it's actually as simple as drawing dots, circles, hearts, and swirls. I drew dots around the door and windows.

Drawing dots around door with paint pen
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I drew half circles along the sides of the house with a dot in the center.

Drawing gingerbread designs with paint pen
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On the front of the house, I drew a heart with a teardrop shape on either side. I also drew a teardrop shape above the door with a swirl on either side.

Drawing designs on house with paint pen
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Step 11

Of course, I had to add a bit more cuteness. So I hung a felt holly wreath on the front door, added a felt candy cane on either side of the door, and lined the bottom sides of the house with paper gumdrops.

Tip: For the wreath, I cut holly leaves out of green felt and berries out of pink felt and hot glued them in a wreath shape. For the candy cane, I cut the candy cane shape out of white felt and cut thin strips of pink felt to create the stripes. For the gumdrops, I used the leftover paper from the roof shingles and cut out small U-shapes. To give them a sugared look, I dotted the tops with the white paint pen.

Paper gumdrops lined along bottom of house
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Happy holidays, fellow cat lovers!

Cat peeking out of gingerbread house
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Cardboard gingerbread cat house
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Cat sitting inside gingerbread house
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