DIY: Mini Christmas Cardboard Houses

When I was little I remember being in awe of a friend’s mantle overflowing with Christmas putz houses all sparkly and lit up. It was a sight to behold and if Pinterest had existed then, a photo of that mantle would have been pinned over and over with the caption #christmasdecorgoals. Lately I’ve been seeing a resurgence of these mini Christmas themed houses popping up and remembering the fondness I had for them, I made my own (but with a limit on the glitter so they’re more my style). Here’s how you can do the same:

cardboard christmas houses
homemade christmas village

Click through for the step-by-step instructions…

• Cardboard (I recycled one of the many boxes I’ve gotten in the mail lately)
Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears  (these make it so easy to cut through cardboard)
• Fabric of your choice
• Mod Podge
• Foam brush
• Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors
• Fiskars Easy Change Detail Knife
• Hot glue gun
• Mini bottle brush trees and wreaths (optional)

As you see, many of the tools used to complete this project are from Fiskars. I just love all their all of their crafting tools because they are innovative, lightweight and thoughtfully designed. Did you know that the iconic Original Orange-handled Scissors are celebrating their 50th Anniversary next year!? I remember using these scissors when crafting with my mom as a kid!

In addition to their scissors, Fiskars recently introduced their new Easy Change Detail Knife. I love this crafting knife because it makes switching between different cutting tasks simple and easy. The knife is great for cutting a wide variety of materials such as paper, cardstock, cardboard, thin plastic and more and also is compatible with standard blades (#10, #11, #16, #17), which I love.

cardboard Christmas houses


1. Create a template of a house and trace it onto the cardboard. You’ll need a matching front and a back, two matching sides, and a roof for each house. For these roofs, I used a roll of corrugated cardboard since it’s thin and easy to fold. If you use normal cardboard, you’ll need to cut the roof piece into two equal pieces. For reference, these are the measurements of my houses:

Tall House
Sides: 2.5″ wide x 3.5″ high
Front and back: 2.75″ wide x 3.5″ high, with a 2.5″ peak
Roof is 3.25”w, 5″ h

Small House
Sides: 2″ wide x 2.25″ high
Front and back: 2.5″ wide x 2.25″ high, with a 1.75″ peak
Roof: 2.5″ wide x 4″ high

Medium House
Sides: 3″ wide x 2.6″ high
Front and back: 3″ wide x 2.6″ high, with a 2.25″ peak
Roof: 3″ wide x 5″ high

2. Use Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears to cut out the cardboard pieces.

3. Spread Mod Podge onto one side of the cardboard and adhere to fabric, making sure there are no air bubbles or wrinkles. Let dry.

4. Use Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors to cut fabric around each house, making sure to leave a thin edge that can be folded over.

5. Use Fiskars Easy Change Detail Knife to cut out windows.

6. Fold over the edges of the fabric and use Mod Podge to adhere to the backside of each cardboard piece. Let dry.

7. Use hot glue to connect the house together, putting the roof on last. Add little wreaths, trees, fabric doors, or added decorations as you see fit. Have fun with it! Mine aren’t perfect but I like the homemade charm.

diy christmas houses
diy christmas houses
diy cardboard christmas houses
cardboard christmas village

Merry Christmas decorating! May the mantel of your dreams come true.

For additional information on the products I used, visit their website and follow Fiskars on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

More Holiday DIYs:
• DIY: Felt Holly Garland
• DIY: Pressed-Flower Serving Dish
• DIY: Fabric-Covered Christmas Tree Box
• Retro Painted Ornaments
• Scandinavian-Inspired Clay Ornaments

More from Minted:
• Christmas Photo Cards
• Holiday Photo Cards
• Non-Photo Holiday Cards

Find more of Melanie on her blog.

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