I love buying fun gift boxes, and I especially can’t resist when they are a good price. I usually buy them on sale and then I figure out what to do with them later. That’s how my ice cream sundae gift box came to be:)
Michaels Crafts always has beautiful gift boxes.
They run a lot of 70% off sales, especially at the end of seasons, making them only a few dollars. I wasn’t planning on making any Christmas gift boxes this year. However, they ran their 70% off sale last weekend, so I picked up quite a few boxes and baskets.
I picked up a gingerbread house decorating kit too – also on sale. My niece and nephew love to do these, but we usually don’t have enough candy to decorate the house with – so we end up buying more to supplement.
Thinking of this sparked an idea…
Making a Gingerbread House Gift
I was thinking I could unpackage the pre-made gingerbread kit, compile more decorating items, and arrange everything into a pretty gift box. I also added hot cocoa items.
Materials for Making a Gingerbread House Gift
As far as materials, you can really use anything you like – you could even use graham crackers, a container of frosting, and decorating icing, rather than buying a pre-packaged kit.
However, I thought $6.99 (plus my 25% off coupon) that I spent on the gingerbread house was worth it for all of the materials it provided
So, here are the materials that I used:
- Gingerbread House Kit – Craft stores have the best prices on these (the one I used is pictured below and was pre-made!)
- Additional Decorating Materials – Candy and sprinkles
- Containers for Candy – I used a combination of cute little tupperwares I found at the Dollar Store (10 per pack!) and condiment containers that I bought a while back and keep using for various projects 🙂
- Holiday Cups and Napkins – Dollar stores are great for this
- Hot Cocoa – I used two individual packs
- Tissue Paper – to line box or basket
- Gift Box or Basket
- Icing Spatula – I found a holiday-themed one at Michaels
- Ribbon – to add a little flair
Instructions for Making a Gingerbread House Gift
First, I unpackaged everything in the gingerbread kit to see what I had to work with.
Then, I added in more candy that would be fun for decorating – twizzlers, smarties, peppermints, gum balls, starbursts, skittles, and tootsie rolls. I probably bought too much candy, but variety makes for fun decorating.
I also grabbed a few kinds of sprinkles that I already had, and then I simply filled the containers with all of the sweets.
Speaking of sweet, my little toddler helped me, and of course, everything is a lesson with me – so we counted, sequenced, and sorted the candy. 🙂
Then, I put together the non-food items – cups, cocoa, straws, the spatula, and napkins.
I tied a few of the things together with some holiday ribbon, as pictured below.
Next, I put together the icing. The kit came with three icing packets along with disposable icing bags and plastic tops.
All of them were in boring packaging, so I spruced them up using these little holiday cookie bags that I have had for years! It definitely made a difference 🙂
Then, I started arranging everything. I love arranging things, whether it be cookie trays, home decor, or gift boxes. It’s always my favorite part of projects. It takes me forever, but I love the results 🙂
The gingerbread house looked a little plain so I adorned it with ribbon (another 70% off Michaels find). If anyone has an easy bow-tying trick, let me know because I am the worst at it!
Also, I found a cute Merry Christmas tag (from a Dollar Store photo prop kit!! Check out our DIY photo booth post).
The tag was simply the perfect touch 🙂
And, last but not least, my plan was to glue a picture from the original box, along with the instructions (for the icing) to some scrapbook paper, so my recipients had this information. It’s always nice to look at an already-made gingerbread house for inspiration.
I love that this gift cost under $20. The kids will have to much fun making a gingerbread house. It turned out so cute, and I love that I used so many items I already had 🙂
That’s the great part about doing crafts – your craft bank grows and grows, and then you have so much to work with.