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DIY Gingerbread House Ornament


Create a mini DIY gingerbread house ornament using some oven-bake clay and puffy paint. This adorable ornament will be perfect for a Christmas tree!

Want more Christmas ornament tutorials? Check out this Christmas fireplace ornament and this modern Christmas wreath ornament.

diy mini gingerbread house Christmas ornament

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This is my third year participating in the ornament exchange and I couldn’t be more excited to be paired with Julia from The Quiet Grove.

Julia described her Christmas style as “traditional.”

When I was trying to think of an ornament to make Julia, I kept thinking about cute little gingerbread houses!

I have a slight obsession with gingerbread houses. I loved making them as a kid at Christmas and I think they are just so fun. And I still love making them now! You can see how I made a beautiful wintery white gingerbread house here.

Gingerbread houses are definitely “traditional” Christmas to me. So, I thought I could make a mini version as an ornament for Julia.

Here’s how I made my ornament.

How to Make a Gingerbread House Ornament



A few years ago, I found this adorable cookie cutter that creates all of the pieces to make a mini gingerbread house. I thought this would be the perfect tool for making a gingerbread house ornament.

To create the frame for my gingerbread house, I used oven-bake clay in a deep brown color.

brown oven-bake clay and a rolling pin

I used clay tools to roll the clay out into a sheet. Then, I used my gingerbread house cookie cutter to cut out the pieces for my mini house.

cutting gingerbread house walls out of brown clay

I only bought one pack of the clay, and it worked out fine. But, I did have to re-roll the clay a few times in order to cut out all of the pieces.

brown oven-baked clay pieces cut out

If you just want to cut everything out at once using the cookie cutter, I would recommend using two packs of clay.

mini gingerbread house cookie cutter and brown clay

After all of the pieces were cut out, I place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Then I baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 25 minutes.

mini gingerbread house walls made out of clay on baking sheet

Once the pieces were baked and cooled, it was time to assemble the gingerbread house.

mini gingerbread house walls made out of clay

I decided to use this Gorilla Glue Clear Grip to hold everything together. I was worried that normal glues like hot glue might not stick to the clay.

This Gorilla Glue Clear Grip is much stronger than normal glue!

Assemble the base first by gluing the short walls to the peaked front and back walls. Let this dry for a few minutes. Then add the roof pieces.

assembling a mini gingerbread house using gorilla glue clear grip

brown clay mini gingerbread house

I let my gingerbread house frame dry overnight to make sure it was really secure.

Next, it was time to decorate. To give the gingerbread house the look of being covered in frosting, I decided to use white puffy paint.

I outlined the entire house with white puffy paint and made sure to add extra paint at the corners to cover up the seams between the clay pieces.

painting a mini gingerbread house using white puffy paint

Then, I added decorative embellishments. I created a few windows on the sides of the house.

white puffy paint and brown mini gingerbread house

My favorite part was the roof. I added a criss-cross pattern to make it look like shingles. I also added some extra paint along the rooflines to make it look like there were icicles.

brown and white decorated mini gingerbread house made out of clay

This process took a long time because the puffy paint needs a lot of time to dry and solidify. I only worked on one side of the house at a time and was very careful when moving it around because the paint was still tacky.

After everything was painting I let the paint dry completely overnight.

Finally, to hang this on a Christmas tree, I needed to add a piece of string or ribbon. I was initially going to use a brown cord as my ornament hanger, but I didn’t like how plain it looked. So instead, I cut a small piece of red ribbon and attached it to the top roofline using some more Gorilla Glue Clear Grip.

diy mini gingerbread house Christmas ornament with red ribbon on table

Isn’t this the cutest little gingerbread house?! I love it so much!

back of diy mini gingerbread house Christmas ornament

I actually wish I would have made a second one for myself so I could have kept one. Hopefully, Julia loves it as much as I do!

diy mini gingerbread house Christmas ornament with red ribbon

diy mini gingerbread house Christmas ornament on table with red ribbon

You can find more handmade ornament tutorials from the rest of my blog friends in the 2018 Ornament Exchange here.

And feel free to share your ornament tutorials too!

If you want to see my ornament from the past two Ornament Exchanges, you can do so in the links below.

DIY Christmas Fireplace Ornament

DIY Modern Christmas Wreath Ornament



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    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thanks so much!! I loved my ornament from her too!

      >> Christene

  1. I love this idea beautiful but easy enough for kids to help make.

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thanks! Yep it was really fun to make! and you can decorate it however you want.

      >> Christene

  2. I’m going to create homemade gingerbread houses as our DIY ornaments this year with my two kids thanks to this! Love that the cookie cutter is all together so I don’t lose the pieces. Thank you for this. And yours turned out beautiful!!

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thanks! It was a really fun project! Great craft idea. Hope you have fun making them too!

      >> Christene

  3. Adorable! That’s such a cute gingerbread house. It’s going to look so cute on the Christmas tree.

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you! I think it turned out really cute too!

      >> Christene

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thanks! And yes this would be a great craft idea 🙂

      >> Christene

  4. What a gorgeous ornament Christine, this actually looks like a real gingerbread house!!! I absolutely love it.. #2018ornamentexchange

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you!! I was really happy with how it turned out! I really want to make one for my own tree now too!

      >> Christene

  5. Oh my goodness this is so cute!!! I love that cookie/clay cutter, It’s awesome! Such a sweet ornament. I want one!

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you!! I really love how it turned out. The cookie cutter is one of my favs!

      >> Christene

  6. Mother of 3 says:

    That is such a sweet ornament! My middle son has been having lots of fun with oven baked clay and I might just have to get that ornament and have him make me one of these. Pinned.

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you! Yes this would be such a great craft project 🙂

      >> Christene

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Yes!! If only it was real! That cookie cutter is made for real cookies though! So you could def make a real one if you wanted 🙂

      >> Christene

  7. This is so adorable! I love the idea of a tree full of little gingerbread houses!!

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you!! I really love how it turned out

      >> Christene

  8. What a fun ornament! Gingerbread houses are definitely traditional and this is such a wonderful nostalgic ornament.

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thanks!! I really loved them growing up. I can’t resist making something gingerbread every year.

      >> Christene

  9. So cute and smart to use polymer clay. We made a traditional gingerbread house last year for a contest and gingerbread is not easy to work with.

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you Janet 🙂

      Gingerbread houses are so fun!!

      >> Christene

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you Pamela! 🙂

      >> Christene

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you Kristin! 🙂

      >> Christene

  10. Omgosh, this is too cute! What a clever way to use a cookie cutter to make an ornament. Pinned.

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you Erlene! I appreciate it 🙂

      >> Christene

  11. Your gingerbread house ornament is darling!! I could see a whole tree full of these in a kitchen!

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you! That would be so cute!

      >> Christene

  12. Easy to make and super cute ornament, Chistene! My boys would love this.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Yay I’m so glad Jessica!

      >> Christene

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thanks Michele! I appreciate it

      >> Christene

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