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Gingerbread House Napkin Rings & Place Card Holders {7 Days of Paper Christmas Decor}

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Add a festive touch to your holiday table with paper Gingerbread house napkin rings or place card holders.

It’s Day 5 of the 7 Days of Paper Christmas decor! And today it’s time to think about your holiday table.

These little paper gingerbread houses are the perfect way to add some Christmas cheer to your tablescape. There are 2 different designs: one for a a napkin ring and one for a place card holder!

Four gingerbread place card holders made from paper on a table with family names on the place cards.

Easy to Make Gingerbread House Decor

These paper gingerbread houses are super simple to make with just glue and cardstock. Then you get to decorate them yourself!

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We used inexpensive puffy paint (I paid $1 for the jar and we barely used half of it) to add gingerbread style windows, doors, and roof decorations. The puffy paint adds some texture to the decorations making it look just like frosting!

Close up of the paper gingerbread house napkin ring with a white fabric napkin inside sitting on a place setting.

I let my crafty daughter have some fun and decorate some houses too. She had so much fun, but we learned the puffy paint was a little tricky for younger hands.

It requires a bit of practice to not squirt out too much paint and draw a line at the same time. Next time, I think I’ll let her use a white paint pen to add decorations to the paper gingerbread houses.

Christmas table set with Christmas trees as the centerpiece, white plates, with a brown paper gingerbread house place card holder sitting on them.

Ways to Entertain with Paper

I love using paper decorations when entertaining. You don’t have to worry about someone accidentally breaking something. And clean-up is easy since you can just toss it when you’re done.

Plus you can have fun with lots of different themes for your holiday table without having to have room to store lots of decor.

Looking on top of a table set for Christmas with Christmas trees and gingerbread house napkin rings.

You could even use them for more than just a dinner tablescape. Here are a few other places you can use these fun paper gingerbread houses:

  • Use the place cards with food names on a buffet table;
  • Use the place cards to identify different types of cookies at a cookie exchange party;
  • Roll plastic utensils inside a napkin and tuck into the napkin rings for a buffet dinner.

These are just a few ways to use them for your next holiday gathering! Please share more in the comments.

Close up of the gingerbread house place card holder with a place card for "Dad" in the top.

How to Make Christmas Napkin Rings & Place Card Holders

Supplies:

  • Gingerbread house template
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  • Brown Kraft cardstock
  • Hot glue gun & glue stick
  • White puffy paint
  • Optional: Electronic cutting machine
    • I love using my Silhouette Cameo to quickly cut out paper decor projects, but you can also print the template and cut it out with scissors and an x-acto knife.

Cut out the pieces

There is a separate template for the napkin rings and the place card holders. Each template cuts out 2 napkin rings or place card holders on 1 sheet of cardstock.

To give your gingerbread houses the cookie coloring, cut them out from brown Kraft cardstock or other brown colored cardstock.

I like the Kraft cardstock since it is a bit more sturdy than regular cardstock.

Fold along all the dotted lines to prepare for assembly.

Cut out template for the gingerbread place card holder with the flaps being folded.

Assemble the gingerbread houses

Add hot glue to the flaps on the house piece and secure it to make a box. I like to secure one flap at a time.

Two pictures: one showing adding glue to the side tab with a hot glue gun and the other showing the side being pinched closed to secure.

To add the roof to the top of the house, start on the back and add glue to one flap. Then attach the back of the roof piece so the center fold sits at the top of the roof peak.

Two pictures showing glueing the one side of the roof to the back of the gingerbread house.

Then repeat for the other side of the back of the roof.

Glueing the other side of the back of the gingerbread house.

Add glue to the two front roof flaps. Then tuck them under the roof to secure so the overhang can fold over the front of the house.

Two pictures showing adding glue and securing the roof to the front of the gingerbread house place card holder.

Finish the roof by adding a dot of glue under the overhang that has the flap on it. Secure to the front of the house.

Then finish by adding a dot of glue to the flap and one under the second overhang and press it to secure.

Adding drops of hot glue under the eave of the roof on the paper gingerbread house.

Decorate the houses

Use white puffy paint to decorate your paper gingerbread houses. Have fun decorating them in lots of different ways.

The puffy paint can be a little challenging to get smooth lines, you could also use a white paint pen to add decorations.

Have fun with it and allow guests to decorate their own house too. Or let the kids decorate them and then set the table for Christmas dinner!

Decorating the front of the paper gingerbread houses with white puffy paint.

For the gingerbread house place card holders, slide a place card with the guests name on it in the slot on the roof.

The place card in the picture is 3″ wide x 2″ tall.

Finished gingerbread house place card holder showing placing a place card with a name on it in the top slot.

For the gingerbread house napkin rings, slide your napkin through the hole in the center.

You can use a cloth napkin for a fancier dinner or paper napkins for easy clean-up.

Threading a white cloth napkin through the center of the paper gingerbread house napkin ring.

Then have fun setting your table with the cute paper gingerbread houses!

Two place settings on the side of the table with the gingerbread house napkin rings sitting on the place settings.

More Paper Christmas Decor

And we still have 2 more days left of the 7 Days of Paper Christmas decor series. Come back tomorrow for more and make sure to check out any projects you missed below:

Happy entertaining!

paper gingerbread houses with place cards

Gingerbread House Napkin Rings & Place Card Holders {7 Days of Paper Christmas Decor}

Yield: 2 Gingerbread Houses
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Make these adorable DIY gingerbread house napkin rings and place card holders out of paper! The will add such a fun element to your holiday table.

Materials

  • Gingerbread house template
  • Brown Kraft cardstock
  • Hot glue gun & glue stick
  • White puffy paint

Tools

  • Optional: Electronic cutting machine

Instructions

  1. Use the template to cut out 2 napkin rings or place card holders on 1 sheet of kraft cardstock.
  2. Fold along the dotted lines.
  3. Add hot glue to the flaps on the house piece and secure it to make a box.
  4. Add the roof to the top of the house with glue.
  5. Repeat for the other side of the back of the roof.
  6. Add glue to the two front roof flaps.
  7. Tuck them under the roof to secure.
  8. Add a dot of glue under the overhang and secure to the front of the house.
  9. Finish by adding a dot of glue to the flap and one under the second overhang.
  10. Press it to secure.
  11. Add a dot of glue under the overhang that has the flap.
  12. Secure to the front of the house.
  13. Add a dot of glue to the flap and one under the second overhang.
  14. Press it to secure.
  15. Use white puffy paint to decorate your paper gingerbread houses. 
Picture of table setting with gingerbread house napkin ring on the plate and text overlay: Easy DIY gingerbread house napkin rings.
Picture of table decorated for Christmas and paper gingerbread house place card holders on the plates with text overlay: Gingerbread house place card holders.

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