EASY DIY Gingerbread House Ornaments: 3D Free Printable

Infuse your Christmas decor with a DIY Gingerbread house ornaments using these complimentary 3D gingerbread ornaments and gift tags! Crafting these charming ornaments is simple, and they’re versatile enough to adorn your gifts, embellish your Christmas tree, or elevate your festive decorations.

With my abundance of Christmas ornaments, one might assume there’s no need for additional purchases or crafting.

 However, I relish crafting homemade ornaments and beautiful Christmas decor. It’s time to purge last year’s decorations to make room for new creations.

This year, I wanted my Christmas decorations in the kitchen and part of the family room to have one of my favorite things, a gingerbread theme. I had made DIY gingerbread house ornaments and gingerbread men out of clay this week.

But I wanted to create gingerbread houses that I could embellish with white puff paint to hang on a small Christmas tree.

 Most importantly, I wanted to share them with you so you can create your own gingerbread house ornaments for your holiday decor.

3D printable gingerbread houses that are folded and glued, hanging on a small Christmas tree.

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This week I’m sharing a fun fall-inspired printable on the blog as part of a collaboration with my amazing blogger friends, called The Four Seasons Printable Collection. Be sure to visit each blog to collect all 10 FREE Winter Printables. All of the links are at the end of this post.

Ten images of free winter printables for Christmas and 2024.

Why Choose DIY Gingerbread House Ornaments?

Gingerbread houses are charming due to their nostalgic connection to memories and traditions of the past.

 Engaging in this craft provides an enjoyable outlet for creativity.

Constructing and decorating gingerbread houses frequently becomes a family activity.

Hosting a Christmas craft party with this easy printable provides an excellent opportunity to gather friends and family for a shared creative experience. And all your guests will have these adorable gingerbread house ornaments to take home.

Four free printable 3D gingerbread houses with velvet ribbons hang on a small Christmas tree.
Free printable gingerbread house gift tags wrapped on top of a package.

Material List

Steps to Create DIY Gingerbread House Ornaments


Let’s create easy, reusable gingerbread house ornaments in just a few simple steps. 

Step One

Download my free printable gingerbread house template. I do not have a great printer at home, so I sent mine to FedEx to print for around $1.00 a house. Be sure to print these on 80 lb. white cardstock. You can see that the colors vary a bit depending on the printer.

I have also created darling Christmas gift tags to match your gingerbread houses.

Final printout of the gingerbread house template.
Final printout of the gingerbread house template.
Free gingerbread printables. 3d gingerbread house and gift tags.

Step Two

Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut on the red dotted line.  

You will want to cut out the solid red triangle on the right side of the house that you see on the printout. (see image above)

Paper gingerbread houses cut out and lay flat on a table before putting them together.

Step Three

Score the black lines with an x-acto knife. Be sure you do not cut through the paper!

A paper gingerbread 3D house shows where to score the lines for folding.

Step Four

Fold on the scored black lines.

DIY Paper Gingerbread house folded and ready for gluing.
Paper gingerbread house cut and folded on the black lines and ready to be glued together.

Step Five

Next, we will glue the house together. 

You can use a hot glue gun or a glue stick. 

Start by adding a little bit of glue on the left side to tab A and attach it to the left side of the small house. 

Showing the first step to putting your gingerbread house together with hot glue.
A
It shows the process of hot gluing a paper-free, printable gingerbread house.
B
The printable gingerbread house is lying on the table in the process of getting put together.
C & D

Place a small amount of glue on the front tab of the base (tab B) of the house and attach it to the front of the gingerbread house.

Now, you can place a small amount of glue on the last tab (tab C) on the bottom right and the side of the front tab (D) to attach the right side of the house.

Free Printable gingerbread house, showing how to put the roof together.

Step Six

To assemble the roof, you want to first punch the holes if you are going to use these as gingerbread house tree ornaments. I did not mark these holes in case you wanted to create a village with these houses.

Punch a single hole in the side that does not have a fold line.

Next, place the tab under the other side of the roof and punch a hole in the tab. 

The roof of a paper gingerbread house shows where to punch the holes.
The roof of a free printable gingerbread house ornaments showing the holes to place the ribbon

Lastly, punch a hole on the other side of the roof opposite the first hole. See images. 

To add your ribbon, insert a stiff piece of wire through the end of your ribbon to feed it through the holes.

Step SevenGingerbread House Decorations

Let’s add some puff paint. This is so much fun and a great way to add your own personal touch to your gingerbread houses.

You can follow my design on the houses or look at some of the pictures to see how I added intricate details to them.

If you paint a layer of the puff paint, place it on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet to dry, and then you can add a second layer for more depth. 

Gingerbread house with white puff paint hanging on the tree
Gingerbread house hanging on a small Christmas tree with old books.

DIY Gingerbread House Ornaments

Yield: 1 House

FREE PRINTABLE GINGERBREAD HOUSE ORNAMENTS

Gingerbread house with white puff paint hanging on the tree
  1. Print out my free printable and create the cutest gingerbread house ornament.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1.00

Materials

  • Print the Houses on 80 lb. white card stock (you have them printed at FedEx for around $1.00 a page)
  • Glue sticks (I used hot glue sticks, but you could use a regular glue stick)
  • White puff paint or homemade puff paint, or you can use a white paint pen.
  • 3/8 inch wide ribbon (I used velvet ribbon) or a piece of twine to use as an ornament hanger

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hole punch

Instructions

  1. Download my free printable gingerbread house template. I do not have a great printer at home, so I sent mine to FedEx to print for around $1.00 a house. Be sure to print these on 80 lb. white cardstock.
  2. Cut on the red dotted line Using a pair of sharp scissors.
  3. You will want to cut out the solid red triangle on the right side of the paper. 
  4. Score the black lines with an X-acto knife. Be sure you do not cut through the paper!
  5. Fold on the black lines where you just scored the lines. 
  6. Now comes the fun part, where we will glue the house together. 
  7. You can use a hot glue gun or a glue stick. 
  8. Add a little bit of glue on the left side of the small white tab and attach it to the left side of the small house. 
  9. Place a small amount of glue on the front tab of the base of the house and attach it to the front of the gingerbread house.
  10. Now, you can place a small amount of glue on the last tab on the bottom right and the side of the front to attach the right side of the house.
  11. To assemble the roof, you want first to punch holes if you use these as gingerbread house tree ornaments. 
  12. Punch a single hole in the side that does not fold over first. 
  13. Next, place the tab under the other side of the roof and punch a hole in the tab. 
  14. Now punch a hole on the other side of the roof opposite the first hole. See images. 
  15. Add some puff paint. This is so much fun and a great way to add your personal touch to your gingerbread houses.
  16. You can follow my design on the houses or look at some pictures to see how I added intricate details.
  17. If you paint a layer of the puff paint,  place it on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet to dry, and then you can add a second layer for more depth. 

Here are a few ideas to make your houses customizable and personalized. 

  • Personalized Touches: Consider incorporating personal elements, such as initials or a family name on the house, to make it uniquely yours.
  • Add Glitter: When the puff paint is wet, sprinkle some glitter or cinnamon on the paint for a bit of sparkle and texture.
  • Add Candy Decorations: Add small candies to your house for a sweet touch.

Creative Gingerbread House Ideas – Styling

There are so many creative ways to style your gingerbread houses. Here is a list of a few of my favorites.  

Two gingerbread ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree.

BONUS

I’ve created additional gingerbread-themed printables for you to enjoy as well.

  • An assortment of one dimension gingerbread houses. 
  • Gift Tags
  • Free coloring pages for the little ones.
gingerbread house coloring page

Conclusion

In closing, making these free, DIY, printable gingerbread houses is a fun way to unite the entire family. Get into the festive spirit, be creative, and have a great time making these neutral colored gingerbread houses. They’re a lovely addition to your holiday celebrations, adding cheer and warmth. Enjoy the crafting and please share your images with me, I love to see what you create. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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Four Seasons Winter Printable Collection

Enjoy this new quarterly collectible series of seasonal prints for you to display, craft with, or style as home decor. Be sure to visit each blogger’s site below to grab your FREE download!

5 free printables for the holidays

Southern Crush at Home / Amy Sadler Designs / The Tattered Pew / Jennifer Rizzo / Mother Thyme

Gingerbread free pintables plus four other free printables.

WM Design House / The Ruffled Daisy / Our Tiny Nest / She Gave It A Go /Hammons Nest

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20 Comments

  1. This are gorgeous Wendy, they will be a feature at Handmade Monday this coming week 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the feature. Have a very Merry Christmas.

    1. Thank you so much, Laura, I appreciate the invitation. I will hop over and link up.

  2. Rachel Harper says:

    Wendy
    These are so cute. What a great idea. I plan to share this on Sunday.

    1. Thank you, Rachel. I appreciate you so much! Merry Chrsitmas.

  3. Omgoodness I love these gingerbread house ornaments Wendy! Pinned!

  4. Miche Ortega says:

    Thank you, Wendy. These are so adorable! Happy Holidays!

    1. You are so welcome Miche, enjoy and happy holidays.

  5. Wendy these are so cute and I can not wait to make them!

  6. Oh my goodness Wendy! This is awesome! I don’t have any “littles” but I think I will make some just for myself! Thank you for sharing this!

  7. Oh my goodness, these are the best! I love gingerbread houses and will have to make these. Thanks for sharing, and merriest Christmas, sweet friend, Brendt.

  8. The puff paint is my favorite part! So cute, Wendy!

    1. Thank you Missy, I agree the paint really ups the game for these little houses.

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