How To Upcycle Packaging Into A Gingerbread Garland

Repurpose Your Christmas Packaging Into A Gingerbread Garland

It’s shameful the number of cardboard boxes that arrive at our house in the build-up to Christmas! I try to ease my guilt over this mountain of cardboard by repurposing some of it into Christmas decorations like with this gingerbread garland.
Last year I made some rather fun DIY Christmas decorations of penguins and snowmen from the cardboard packaging. This year I decided to up the ante this year with the repurposed Christmas gingerbread garland by adding lights.
One of my favourite parts of Christmas decorations are all the lights! They make the home seem so warm and cozy on those dark cold winter nights. I love to use the copper string lights as they give a warm glow and are so versitile. I’ve used them in the past to make a giant led deer Christmas decoration and create some Christmas bottle lights.
This is a really simple green Christmas craft the only real cost is for the lights. The gingerbread garland has a lovely rustic Scandi feel about it.
Upcycled Cardboard gingerbread house
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What you need to make an upcycled gingerbread garland


How to make an upcycled gingerbread garland

  1. The first thing to do is to either draw freehand or print out the gingerbread house template. Then cut out each gingerbread house design. With a craft knife, cut out any windows that you would like the lights to shine through.
    Cutting out gingerbread house templates

  3. Next place the gingerbread house template onto the cardboard packaging you are going to upcycle. Draw around the template with a black sharpie, remembering to mark the windows to be cut. Then cut out the gingerbread garland shapes.
    transferring the gingerbread houses
    cardboard cutouts gingerbread house

  5. Next paint the trimmings on the houses in white paint. Use the original template as a guide.
    Painted cardboard gingerbread houses

    Adding the lights to the gingerbread garland

    Gingerbread house garland

  7. Using a hot glue gun, glue the copper string lights to the back of each the cardboard gingerbread house. Make sure that you glue the lights in a position so that they shine through the cut windows. Leave a gap on the copper string lights of about 10cm between each gingerbread house.
    Glueing copper lights to gingerbread house windows.

  9. Finally, hang your gingerbred garland by pegging each house to a line of Christmas twine

Upcycled Kraft gingerbread garland
Repurposed gingerbread house
gingerbread house garland
Upcycled Cardboard Gingerbread garland
If you like this post you may want to check out these other upcycled Kraft Christmas posts.
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Homemade Advent Calendar From Kraft Paper
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Upcycled Cardboard Gingerbread garland
recycled packaging gingerbread house garland



22 Responses

  1. This is such a clever idea! We always have so many boxes around, especially during the holiday season. I love this idea to give them a fun new life as a decoration! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday—I’ll be including this in my Party Features next week.

    • Thank you so much. I love to think of creative ways to use up packaging.

  2. Featured your lovely, diy house garland this week at the party. Pinned also. Best wishes for the Christmas season. Linda @Crafts a la mode Thursday Favorite Things Party.

  3. This is the cutest idea EVER!!!! I absolutely love these gingerbread houses. (They are also a lot less messy than baking and decorating real ones!) You are so creative — you always amaze me with your clever ideas!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your adorable upcycled garland at Vintage Charm! Pinned!

  6. Super cute Garland. What a great way to reuse the cardboard. When I first seen them I thought it was made from real gingerbread. Love the extra touch with the mini lights. I bet it looks so pretty at night lit up.

    • Unfortunately, st not edible but just as well it wouldn’t last long in my house as everyone loves gingerbread. The lights do make it.

  7. These are so adorable, Claire! And so much more fun than making gingerbread cookies, plus you can use them again!Pinned!

  8. What a fun garland, so creative.

  9. These are really cute and fun to make. I think my kids will love them in their rooms. Off to make some!!

    • Thank you, Velvet. I’m sure it would look lovely on their walls.

  10. Oh, I love this so much! You are too clever! Sharing! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! We hope you will join us again next week!

  11. I love your little houses. I love the Scandi house Christmas look. I tried drawing houses on our windows one year with a white chalk marker. They turned out great from the inside but didn’t show at all from the outside! I think this garland idea is WAY more sensible !

    • Thank you, Julie. I tried the white chalk markers too but found paint worked better.

  12. Claire these are just the cutest! Your creativity amazes me and what a great use for all the boxes. I always hate breaking them down and throwing them away.

    • Aww, thank you, Susanne, I just hate seeing waste and like to be resourceful in my Christmas decorating.

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