How to DIY Make a Cardboard Gingerbread House For Your Cat

Abbie M
by Abbie M
7 Materials
2 Hours

I was feeling guilty leaving Avocado out of the festivities this year... So when I found a cardboard box I knew just what I could do!

Let's get started on this DIY gingerbread Christmas decor project, perfect for a Candyland Christmas!

Here's how I made a DIY gingerbread house for my cat:

Avocado the cat

Build the cardboard box

1. Build the box

Begin by building the box if you don't have one lying around already. After that, cut the flaps on the bottom of the box. Next, cut one corner of the box and turn it inside out taping it in place.

This will hide any graphics on the outside. I wanted mine to have a gingerbread feel but you could also paint it if desired.

Cutting triangles to make the roof

2. Make the roof

After that, pick the font and back of the house & cut out two triangles out of the flaps.

Measuring the box

Next, measure, cut, and bend the middle of another piece of cardboard for the roof.

Using a measuring tape to measure the sides
Making a roof for the house
Placing the roof on the cardboard house

Taping the roof in place

Tape the other two flaps to the triangles to reinforce it. Then, hot glue the roof in place.

Cutting out the house windows

3. Make windows & a door

After that, measure and cut where you want your windows and doors to be and cut them out with an X-ACTO knife.

Decorating the gingerbread cat house

4. Decorate

I wanted to make a colorful gumdrop roof so I cut half ovals out of multicolored construction paper. I then hot-glued them to the roof. Add cotton balls to fill in gaps, and add a marshmallow-y feel.

Next, I created a sign out of cardboard and construction paper with my cat's name on it. After that, I created candy canes out of construction paper and tape. I also created mini gumdrops for the side of the house.

DIY gingerbread cat house

Hot glue it all together, and that's it!

DIY gingerbread house for a cat

DIY gingerbread house for a cat

For under $20 or less your animals can have their very own gingerbread house! You could also get a larger box and make this for kids!

DIY cat house from a cardboard box

Avocado loves his new house and instantly climbed right in!

Holiday decor for pets

I hope this inspires you to include your pets this season! What did you think of this pet-friendly project? Let me know in the comments below.

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