Paper Gingerbread House

Does your family have a tradition of making gingerbread houses together? It’s a fun activity for kids and adults alike!

But if you’re looking for a crafty twist on this classic tradition, why not try making your gingerbread houses out of paper bags?

This gingerbread house paper bag craft is a great way to get kids involved in the Christmas festivities.

They can color in the candy decoration pieces any way they want and make a cute and unique holiday decoration!

Also, be sure to look through all of our gingerbread man activities for kids for even more Christmas ideas.

Paper Bag Gingerbread House Craft

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  • Brown paper bag
  • White cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or markers (if using the color in version)
  • Gingerbread house template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)


Download the gingerbread house template and print it out.

hand holding paper bag gingerbread house template

If you’re using the color in version, let your child color in the pieces of the house. Cut out each of the pieces.

hand coloring in gingerbread house decorations

Place the candy cane rectangles on the sides of the paper plate and glue them in place.

hand gluing candy cane stripe onto paper bag gingerbread house

Next, glue the door in the middle and bottom of the paper bag.

hand gluing door onto paper bag gingerbread house

Position the standard candy cane on either side of the door and glue them in place.

hand gluing candy cane onto paper bag gingerbread house

Take the window and glue it in the middle of the paper bag, above the door.

hand gluing window onto paper bag gingerbread house

Next, glue the peppermint candies on either side of the window.

hand gluing candy decoration onto paper bag gingerbread house

Glue the roof to the top of the candy cane rectangles, then fold the top of the brown paper bag behind the roof so you can’t see it. Tape the flap down on the opposite side.

hand gluing gingerbread house roof onto paper bag
hand taping brown paper bag flap down

Now your child has a cute gingerbread house! Of course, your kiddos can make a gingerbread house in any way they want! Let them use their creativity to see what they come up with.

hand holding paper bag gingerbread house

Christmas Unit For Kids

Let the kids have even more fun (and learning) by creating a Christmas themed week of fun! Read on for our top ideas to get you started.

Reading to kids is an awesome and easy way to help them further their education. Children can learn to read, use their imagination, and increase their vocabulary by reading books.

Below are some of the top Christmas books to read to your kids!

Dasher: This wonderfully illustrated Christmas book for kids gives you the back story on one of Santa’s favorite reindeer, Dasher! Girls will especially love to read this since Dasher is a girl.

Construction Site On Christmas Night: Fans of the fun characters of the construction site books have to add this Christmas-themed story to their collection. See how the trucks get ready for Christmas!

How To Catch An Elf: Kids everywhere love the silliness of this Christmas story. The rhymes and the illustrations will draw the kids in as well. This is a Christmas book kids will want to read every year!

2 paper bag gingerbread houses

Kids’ Christmas Crafts

Keep going with the crafts! Not only are they fun but they can help kids with creativity, fine motor skills, learning to follow directions, and so much more.

Here are some more Christmas crafts for kids that are some of our favorites:

  • Grogu Gingerbread Man Craft
  • Santa Claus Tissue Paper Craft
  • Elf On The Shelf Handprint Craft
Christmas crafts for kids image collage
  • Elf on the Shelf Headband Craft
  • Handprint Reindeer Craft
  • Snowman Paper Plate Craft

Christmas Kids’ Activities

Kids will love these Christmas do a dot printables! They are perfect to keep kids busy during the holidays. Practice visual discrimination, letter recognition, and counting with this fun activity. This is a great way for parents to occupy their little ones while they finish up last-minute Christmas preparations.

It’s almost time for Christmas and these gingerbread man dot-to-dot printables are perfect for kids of all ages. These coloring pages help with fine motor skills, let them be creative, and get them ready for the holidays!

paper bag gingerbread house

Get your kids in the holiday spirit with these fun Christmas color-by-number printables. They include Santa, reindeer, a bear, and more to make this season merry for all! Your kids will love coloring while they sip some hot chocolate on a cold winter day.

These Christmas pattern block mats are a simple STEM activity that your kids are sure to love! These fun printable pattern blocks mats can be used as an educational tool for teaching patterns, shapes, and colors. This activity is great for kids to use in the classroom during the holidays.

Get these free printable Santa worksheets to practice handwriting, scissor skills, and learn the letter S. If you’re looking for some Christmas activities that are easy-to-prepare then this is a great one!

Christmas Fun

  • This personalized Christmas book for kids is so cute and sweet!
  • Get the kids excited about bathtime with these adorable snowman bath bombs!
  • Kids will love this personalized Santa’s Christmas plate to set out all the goodies.

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More Christmas Ideas For Kids

Paper Gingerbread House Template