Monday, December 4, 2017

Make a festive gingerbread garland


Don't you just love cosy? Nothing sings Christmas joy more than a cosy corner
with warm gingerbread and cocoa, and garlands of pine. 

So I made all this today!
And you can, too.
No baking necessary.


You'll be using my Build a House crafting die from Spellbinders Paper Arts. It's a jiffy way to cut out all the pieces you need to make this darling gingerbread cottage.

Simply use the die pieces to cut out all the pieces for your house. Then use a white pen (I love the UniBall white Signo pens!) Decorate to your heart's content, then glue the little houses together as shown on the package. 


You'll want to use tracing paper or vellum behind the windows and doors to allow for the light to shine through. Cut an X in the roof or floor of your little houses so you'll be able to tuck a twinkle light in through the hole.


Now hang a pine garland on a window or wall and wrap it with twinkle lights. 
You can purchase the garland, or do as I did and gather a variety of fresh evergreens, berries, holly and other greenery and tie and wrap it together into a long garland. Stick the houses on by pushing a twinkle light in through the X hole you made earlier.

I decided to use paper scraps, glitter and some ribbon to spell out Merry Christmas as a finishing touch but you can do whatever works for your home, using whatever you have on hand.


Doesn't it look wonderful?  Turn up the Christmas music and celebrate!
And now for two happy giveaways to make it even sweeter.


Wouldn't you love to win a $50 gift certificate for this and other crafty dies? Spellbinders Paper Arts is giving 5 gift certificates away! Just leave a comment on theSpellbinders blog by Sunday, December 10 11:59PM EDT for a chance to win. Winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog on December 11.


I'll also be giving away a $25 gift certificate to spend on Spellbinders crafting dies and stamps! Just comment below, and I'll announce the winner on December 11. Doesn't that sound wonderful?

Now time to make yourself a cocoa and pop over to the next blog on our Spellbinders Holiday Blog hop... Click here for more inspiration.

133 comments:

Maureen Reiss said...

This is Wonderful!!!! Soooo Cute!!!!

Doris said...

These little houses look good enough to eat!

lritchie said...

Beautiful Christmas projects! Another great release from Spellbinders!

Angela R said...

The mantle decorated with the pine, lights, and gingerbread cottage die is so pretty! Thanks for sharing

Marsha Guskey said...

Really cute project! Thanks!

JoAnn said...

Love the darling gingerbread house and pretty garland you made Thanks for sharing.

Janice said...

Love gingerbread houses, I want to build a whole village!!

Laurie Jonas said...

Love this!

abhoneyab said...

Those gingerbread houses are just too cute!

Debbie Selby said...

Looks so cute.

Oliev said...

So cute:-)

Delia Beckman said...

Those gingerbread houses are so cute.

Debra Rumpza said...

Love your gingerbread houses! Super cute!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Oh my, these gingerbread houses are so adorable!! What a great new die especially since we can make these and use them year after year! They would make such adorable gifts as well! Love Spellbinders for great products like these!

Donna said...

What a great idea, love the gingerbread houses

Cyndi Morris said...

Love that gingerbread house garland!

Karthikha said...

What a wonderful idea for ornaments! They are so cool and fun :)

Bunny said...

Cocoa sounds good. I really love the gingerbread houses. They are adorable. The garland is cute. Great dies from Spellbinders. [Bunny]

cghundley said...

How festive and wonderful
this all looks! Love the
Gingerbread houses with
the lights.
Carla from Utah

Jennifer said...

So cute!!!! Love the gingerbread houses - how fun to do the garland too.

PennyD said...

I just love all the little gingerbread houses. Beautiful garland, so festive. Thank you for your inspiration.

Pennie Glasser said...

So cute!

Robin said...

Very sweet and so cute.

E F said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

Martha Herrera said...

Very pretty cards!

Those gingerbread houses are too cute!

Michele Jacques said...

So sweet! Thanks for sharing.

Sue LD said...

Very cute gingerbread house themed decorations for your fireplace.

Tracey M said...

Ahh, Love the picture you showed first, it is so cozy, I could feel the warmth. Your Gingerbread house is amazing, I loved it. It was so cute, just adorable and maybe something the kids could help with, they would love that. GREAT project and Thanks for sharing it with us. Tracey Magner.

mountain girl said...

This is wonderful! I am excited to make these with my granddaughter! She just made a real gingerbread house wth her 96 year old great grandmother❤️.

sentsue said...

That garland is super cute!

Barbara M said...

I love this garland!

Teresa Selby said...

Love your gingerbread house! What a great idea for your mantle! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

Betty Keefe said...

the little houses and the garland are darling and make a wonderful "cozy" scene!

Barbara Rokke said...

WOW! Beautiful - a lot of work with the white pen. However, it really makes them look nice!

Nandini said...

Absolutely adorable! They look so warm and cozy.

Mary said...

This is such an amazing project! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the little houses.
And they are just for the holidays.
Great to be able to change them up
for any occasion or holiday.
thanks for sharing.

Mrsfish02 said...

Wonderful hardly describes it. These little houses are so amazing. Love the details and how great they accent the greens. Nicely done.

Deborah Kaye said...

Adorable gingerbread houses! They go beautifully with the garland.

barbara macaskill said...

Very festive and cozy! I adore these quaint and rustic little houses! What is really cool is that by changing the paper that you use you can change the whole vibe! These would be great for making little villages to place around the house in unexpected places! I am thinking of the bathroom, a child’s windowsill or in the laundry room to bring the festivities into every nook and cranny! TFS!

MsMad said...

adorable project.

Debbie Scassera said...

I love the little houses. There's so much you can do with them.

Tisha Saltzman said...

Love that gingerbread house garland!

Andrea Hastilow said...

Oh I adore these gorgeous little houses, they are fantastic, so cute, so adorable, imagine the windows cute outs & tiny battery tea lights lighting them up , & the garland is equally as adorable, sorry I nearly got carried away with the houses x

Anonymous said...

These gingerbread houses are just the sweetest things! So much you can do with them.

Julie Bodenheimer said...

Darling!

Sharyn Sowell said...

@ Judi,

Your idea is perfectly suited for these little houses. No need to score the houses, as the die is already scored and will easily open just as you describe. Keep your eyes on this blog... you'll see how it works on another post very soon.

Smiling your way

Sharyn

A Tad Bit Off said...

Very pretty!

Lindar C said...

Oh my! Those gingerbread houses are adorable! You are so clever!

KT Fit Kitty said...

OMGoodness, the cuteness! I have been obsessed with gingerbread men for my cards this year and now I see I need a gingerbread house! LOVE!

Heather M said...

Love your gingerbread houses with your garland. So festive!! Lovely!!!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

such sweet little houses
thanks for sharing

Barb Housner

Наталія Чунис said...

Thanks, a very interesting idea

Sue Smith said...

What a wonderful swag on the fireplace. I can't get over how terrific the gingerbread houses are and with the light in each one, they are so inviting. Great job :)

Angie of Down This Road Designs said...

The gingerbread houses!!!!! Swoon!!! Love these!!

Teresa Doyle said...

Sharyn, these are absolutely delightful and YES, it does look cozy, a very homey scene. Your ginger bread die is just sweet. A great design.

mtscrapgal said...

This is the most impressive mantle décor I've ever seen. I'm wondering how many days you spent creating it.

Denise Kasbohm said...

This is so cute and creative.

Sharyn Sowell said...

MtScrapGal, Thank you so much for the very sweet comment. Actually I spent an afternoon and evening making all the houses assembly line style. To make the garland I picked up a large shopping bag of downed branches and other things I found on our rural road while I walked the dogs. There were no large branches; they were all just little bits of this and that. The garland was made in 90 minutes, made by using up the end of a ball of garden twine. I put the greens together on newspapers on the living room floor and simply tied sprigs together over and over until it was long enough, then hung it on the mantle with three clips from the junk drawer. Nothing fancy, nothing store bought!

Carey Nusbaum said...

What an awesome idea! Your gingerbread houses are stunning! You can make them all unique! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

F. Andre said...

This is such a creative project! It's always a pleasure to decorate with DIY items.

Sabrina said...

Oh my... Your fire place looks so lovely, warm and very inviting! Such cute and adorable gingerbread House and Banners!!!

Judi Szyndrowski said...

Such sweet decor items. These are perfect for older kids to work on too. Great ideas Sharyn.

Lee Newton said...

What a charming idea and sweet project. It would be great fun to do with a somewhat older crafty child. : ) Such a lovely final result.

nancylee said...

Such a beautiful scene you created and the gingerbread house are adorable!

Jeanne Beam said...

Wow! What a beautiful Christmas project. Love the little houses. Thanks for sharing...

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a sweet gingerbread house die! Love the shape, the size... the garland is such a sweet project. Love the way you decorated the yummy little houses. :)

Wendy Fisher said...

What fun!!! So cute!!!

Denise Fonda said...

So inventive, love gingerbread houses.

Michelle H said...

These are so darn cute. I’m going to have to make this for next year when Christmas is at our home.

Lee said...

Such a great project! Thanks for sharing!

Lorraine Gall said...

WOW!!! This is so awesome!!I even have the house die set!

Barbara said...

These are so amazing! They are so festive and impressive. What a great set of dies!

Patt H. said...

Love these sweet little houses! So unique & cute!

Cindy Thick said...

I love the gingerbread house. Very pretty.

Patty said...

Super cute gingerbread houses...love them!!

Nox said...

Gorgeous houses - they look so pretty and fun!

Lagene said...

I absolutely love your gingerbread houses with the vellum windows!

lrzepeda said...

Great house love it!

Melissa Friedrich said...

Wow, love the gingerbread houses and the banner, super cute!

Big B said...


Love the darling gingerbread house and pretty garland you made Thanks for sharing.

Carol H. said...

Oh my goodness, your gingerbread houses are adorable! And to string them in a garland—what an awesome idea! Your mantle looks beautiful!

Norma R said...

Drinking my cocoa and enjoying your gingerbread houses ~love~

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Looks so fun and festive!

Kathie Sanford said...

Those are sooooo cute!

Denise Ward said...

Wow! Your decorations look wonderful!! Merry Christmas!!

Tracy A said...

Those are wonderful. So adorable.

Ann Kulseth said...

Fabulous creativity - thank you for sharing your project and talent.

Alaska .Kris said...

I can smell the gingerbread even now...

Denise Bryant said...

I'm in love with the Build a House die.... had not seen it yet! Absolutely delightful project! Your mantel looks fabulous!

Cynthia Cole said...

Adorable little house ornaments!

Kathy Ferguson said...

Love the gingerbread house. Thanks for sharing.

Dar said...

What a great die! Your mantel looks so festive. :)

Gab said...

So pretty and so cozy

Silvia P. said...

Lovely gingerbread house, I love it

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Oh, I just love this!! I love gingerbread houses and
how they can be decorated in so many cute ways. This is
so creative & fun!

Sara Barker said...

Your photo took my breath away! I love this garland with those sweet gingerbread houses nestled in the white lights on your fireplace mantel. Thank you for sharing your creativity and for the inspiration!

Birgit said...

This is just stunning! The little gingerbread houses are darling but your garland.... oh my! Can you come decorate my mantle? ;0)

Melanie MacKenzie said...

This is just amazing...you are so right...warn and cozy and perfect for the holidays. I just love that little gingerbread house! And the whole garland is brilliant. Cheers.

Mary said...

This is amazing...love this idea.

Di Wong said...

Wonderful ideas! The garland is beautiful and I love decorating cookies for Christmas, so the gingerbread is right up my alley. Great Spellbinders stamps & dies.

Jean said...

Just darling! Love the gingerbread houses!

Sam B said...

Best Christmas project EVER! Love your gingerbread houses!! TFS!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Wow!!!!! Amazing.

Laura said...

Beautiful! Thank you.

Sue Washburne said...

Such adorable ginger bread houses! Your fireplace looks so festive and cosy!

D.Ann C said...

Those little gingerbread houses are DARLING! Now I've got a hankering to go eat some gingerbread. lol!

Deeps said...

Those gingerbread houses are adorable. They make a cute addition to the tree.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

The Kraft Gingerbread houses are wonderful looking. Especially like the use of the white pen.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Francine D said...

OMGosh is this not the cutest thing? I'd so prefer to build those then the actual gingerbread one :)

Sharyn Sowell said...

Hi Birgit!

I’d love nothing better!!! Just send your address (wink, wink!) I’ve always wanted to visit Maine!

Janet D. said...

Oh my goodness, your little houses are fabulous!

Missy Shrontz said...

Love how you created these gingerbread boxes into ornaments.

Viktoriya Porechnaya said...

Love these gingerbread houses!It's really fabulous idea!

JPScraps said...

The garland and houses are super cute!

Stacey Kowbel said...

Fantastic gingerbread houses! Such a creative way to decorate!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Fun project. Love how you decorated with the gingerbread houses. Thanks for the inspiration

Louisa Mochizuki said...

The gingerbread houses are sooooo cute!

Liz Ford said...

I like your gingerbread banner and houses. They are great to give as gifts I bet with a little
tea light or some ginger cookies inside. Also great looking on the tree!

MJ said...

I love everything you did. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Tanya Batrak said...

Wow! The houses are amazing!

Roberta said...

Great garland. Great die set too. I stink at making gingerbread so this would be a perfect option. Thank you for sharing.

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Oh my goodness ! How cute are these little houses !! margessw@icloud.com

Sarah M said...

Wow! So cute! Love those gingerbread houses!

Migdalia said...

Such beautiful creations! I love the adorable gingerbread houses and beautiful garland!!
Wonderful job!

Kim Teets said...

Love the Kraft and red combo for Christmas!

Iris said...

Beautiful garland and I love those darling gingerbread houses,

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are genius! Love the details done with the white pen! So pretty!!!

Lisa A creations said...

Beautiful garland! Your fireplace looks so cute and cozy!

Julie A. Shearer said...

Super cute idea!! Love it! Thanks for sharing

maria f. said...

So beautiful! I can picture those cottages as gift boxes, ornaments, a village display. Even for non-Christmas.

TLady said...

HOW SWEET!!! There is NOTHING LIKE Gingerbread, even if it's made of paper! LOL I LOOOVE what you've done here!! JUST SO SWEET!!! ;) I'm SURE it makes for a Christmas Wonderland in your home!!!!!!!!! ;)

Susi K. said...

Those paper houses, nestled in between the cedar bough, look amazing!