- Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
- Time Required: 60 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Happy Meal box
- Brown construction paper
- Cool melt glue gun or thick craft glue
- Assorted small candies or beads and buttons
- Piece of cardboard for the base
- Cotton Balls
- Ribbons and ric rac trim
- Gingerbread marshmallows
- Battery operated candle
Cut the handles off the top of the box. Leave any tabs that hold the box closed. Find where the box is glued together at a one of the corners and pull apart. Lay the flattened box onto a large piece of brown construction paper. Trace around the box.
Fold up the bottom flaps when tracing so the paper ends at the bottom edge of the box.
Cut the house outline on the brown paper, making sure to cut about 1/2" from the line you traced. Glue the box onto the brown construction paper. Cut the excess paper around the box.
Draw windows on each side of the house. Piece the corner with a sharp pencil (as shown) and cut them out with scissors. Cut a small square at the bottom of the back panel of the house so you can slide a small battery operated candle into the house.
Glue the box back together. Insert the tabs at the top of the box (if your box has them) and glue it together. Glue the ric rac around the edges of the house.
Glue your house to the top of your cardboard base. I used the top of a shoe box. Now start decorating with your embellishments.
Pull apart the cotton balls and glue them to the base. When you are done turn on your candle and slide it into the house. And you have the perfect gingerbread house that will last for years!