This year, things are financially rough in my house. I keep saying, I’ve never worked so hard to be so poor! But, no money does not need to mean, no Christmas! We have talked about having a dollar store Christmas, and we are all trying to focus on what the season is supposed to be about, not just the presents. Because of our situation, I wanted to focus on some Christmas-y projects that don’t require a lot of money, and can be done (for the most part) with things you have around your house and can get for very little money. I was looking around my house looking for things we have already; things I can use for a couple different crafts, and I have to say, I was surprised at what I could make with what I have at home already.
When I sat down to make this paper gingerbread house, I thought I knew what supplies I would need, but as I worked, I decided to add a few more little embellishments. The beauty of this project is that you can use WHATEVER you have at home, but here is what I used…
Brown paper lunch bag
White Paper (I used cardstock, but you can use whatever you have)
Colored Paper (your choice of color)
Glue (I used white, school glue…but whatever glue you have will work)
Hole Punch or scissors
Your own special embellishments
Step 4: Take the left over white paper and a hole punch to punch small snow balls. (If you don’t have a hole punch, just use scissors, and cut small white pieces to be your snow. You can also use a stretched out cotton ball as your snow).
Step 5: Take glue and make a few lines of glue at the bottom of the bag, on either side of the door. Then, pour the “snow” on the glue. Shake off any excess snow. Don’t worry if some of the glue shows through, it will kind of look like the icing used on a gingerbread house.
Let your kiddos get creative and make it look however they want! Have the little ones make a few different houses and you can have your own special, homemade Christmas village!
**If you decide to make your own Christmas village, you can buy some small fake Christmas trees at the store. And set them on a fake snow blanket from a discount store.””