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One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the giving and receiving of yummy neighbor gifts. This year, I'm sharing two versions of the cutest gingerbread house treat boxes and a yummy snack to fill them with. It's really a perfect gift idea for co-workers, neighbors or teachers and the best part is that you can spend your time in the craft room instead of the kitchen.
I found the most delicious treat to give as Christmas gifts. Have you tried Chocolate Wavy Lays chocolate covered potato chips? Oh my goodness. If you love sweet and salty, you will go crazy for these! They come in three flavors: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Covered With Almond Bits. I could seriously eat an entire bag in one sitting. Yum!
I bought mine in the holiday snack aisle at Target. If you haven't seen them at your store, it's because they are a seasonal item. You have got to try them. Oh, man. So good.
Now, wipe up your drool and let's move on to the craft tutorial...
Version one of the gingerbread house treat boxes is cut out of kraft cardstock.
To make one you will need:
- Kraft Cardstock (two 8.5x11" pieces per box)
- White Chalk Pen
- Silhouette Cut File (DOWNLOAD HERE)
- Hole Punch
Download the kraft paper cut file and set your Silhouette or Cricut machine to cut cardstock. Cut the shape twice, on two separate pieces of cardstock.
Fold along the perforated lines, as shown in the photo below. Repeat on the second piece.
Next, draw windows, doors and all the little details onto the kraft cardstock with a white chalk pen. Don't worry if it isn't perfect... it adds to the charm.
Place a line of glue along the small flap on the right hand side, then slide it under the left hand side of the second piece, like this:
Place a line of glue on the other small flap and slip it under the edge. You should now have a cube shape.
Glue the bottom flaps closed.
Pinch the sides in so that the triangles bend together.
Punch two holes in the flat top ridge, string ribbon through and tie a bow to keep the treat box closed.
Isn't it the cutest treat box you ever did see?!
If the thought of hand-drawing doors and windows totally freaks you out, or if you don't have a cutting machine, I've got a second version of the treat box that you can print out onto cardstock, then cut with scissors.
I love this version! It's so cheery and whimsical.
Download the two house pieces here:
It's folded and glued together the same exact way as the kraft paper version, except for one thing. Notice the tiny arrows around the outside of the cut lines? Those are folding guide lines.
Place a ruler from an arrow to the one directly across from it and score a line in the cardstock. If you have a scoring tool, that's great. If not, you can use the tip of a dried out pen, a knitting needle or even the tip of a pair of scissors. The goal is just to press a guide line into the cardstock to help the paper fold crisply. If you want to double check how your folds should look, scroll back up to the first tutorial photo as a reference.
After you've scored lines, cut just inside the black line all the way around and assemble following the directions above.
If you have a craft cutting machine, but still want to printable version, you can easily open both the cut file and the free printable designs and align them in Silhouette Design Studio.
I'm excited to have found such a fun holiday treat to gift to my friends and neighbors. And the cute packaging just puts the whole gift over the top. I'm always a sucker for chocolate + cute.