Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gingerbread House Gift Box

I went out to lunch the other day and spotted this cool box that resembled a house. I asked the waiter for one and brought it home. I put it on my scanner, traced in Illustrator, designed the color layers in Illustrator, cut on my Expression and assembled.

Here it is! My first 3-D type project:

Here is a step by step tutorial on the project. Please note: I am on a Mac so these are saved in SCAL 1. I've included width and height measurements incase you'd like to play with the svg files and customize before cutting.

STEP 1 - Cut "GingerBrdHouse_White.svg" 2 times (white cardstock). w: 10.867 h :11.350 If you are new to SCAL and cutting the dashed lines will help in folding the piece.

STEP 2 - Cut "GingerBrdHouse_Brown.svg" 2 times w: 10.100 h: 8.598 Adhere brown stock to white.

STEP 3 - Cut "GingerBrdHouse_RoofTiles.svg" w: 8.676 h: 10.878. I put some separation between the circles so you can do 5 different strips of color on your mat. You will need 78 circles - if you cut as is you'll get 100 for some extras. Layer these circles as shown in the photos below. Add a pencil line to help align straight. This is the time consuming part but well worth it.

Trim off the circles that overlay the edge.

STEP 4 - Cut "GingerBrdHouse_Green.svg" 2 times (or copy and paste) w: 5.855 h: 3.028 and adhere to house.

STEP 5 - Cut "GingerBrdHouse_Red.svg" 2 times (or copy and paste) w: 7.700 h: 3.897 and adhere to house. I did not have enough red glitter stock so I cut one set using glitter paper and one using Bo Bunny Dots paper. Add some embellishments. I used Creative Charms gradient jewels and a brad for the door knob.

STEP 6 - Adhere two house pieces together using double stick tape.

Final flat view.

STEP 7 - Fold in the small top flaps first and then tuck in the other flaps.

View from the top.

STEP 8 - Fold in the small bottom flaps in and then fold in the interlocking flaps. You can add some double stick tape to the panels.

STEP 9 - One design flaw...your brown edges near the fold may be lifting a bit. Just use a glue pen to get under there and adhere.

Here is an inside view of the final product. A pair of gloves and a gingerbread ornament fit nicely. This would also be great for cookies or some homemade candy. I plan to cut out some plain boxes for my boys and let them decorate.

For the SVGs please click here to DOWNLOAD.
For the SCUT files please click here to DOWNLOAD.

Would love to see your house if you decide to create this!


  1. Wonderful! It looks amazing thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Blog Cutting Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 29 Nov [LA 02:00pm, NY 05:00pm, UK 10:00pm] - 30 Nov [OZ 09:00am]).

  3. Thank you so much. I have been looking for something like this.

  4. Wonderful file. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  5. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Christmas post on Nov. 29, 2009. Thanks again.

  6. Thanks so much for the free gingerbread house file it is adorable and I plan on making a few of these for friends to put their gifts in for christmas.

  7. This is amazing. Years ago our daughters and I made a cookie gingerbread house. Now, with 6 grand children this will be easier. Since they live far away I can use your patterns, make some and stuff them with goodies to mail to them. In this way reminding our daughters of a childhood memory and creating a new one for the grand babies. Thank you so much for creating this. Merry Christmas!

    BTW I am so happy I found your blog and have added a link to my blog so I can see what else you come up with.

  8. Thank you so much for the great file. I love your blog and plan on being a regular visitor.

    Are you on facebook as well!?!?!

  10. Such a charming little house.. Thanks so much for sharing :D

  11. Too cute!!!! I love all your projects!

  12. WOW Amy this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing the info and the file with us. I can see that you were a graphic designer which explains the creative part along with those essential computer skills :-) HUGS

  13. Thanks for taking the time to convert it! I'll give it a try tomorrow!

    Carmen L

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