I can’t wait to walk you through my gingerbread classroom décor. This was a room transformation we did the first week in December during gingerbread week. We are leaving the gingerbread decoration up for all of December.
During gingerbread week, we use the theme of gingerbread to integrate into our learning activities through the week. That means that our literacy book are gingerbread. Our math skills are based on gingerbread. And, our ELA activities are also… you guess it… gingerbread. Therefore, we transformed our room into a giant gingerbread house and even made individual gingerbread houses for each student together on Friday.
How to Start
To begin this gingerbread classroom décor, I suggest you cover the front of your classroom with brown paper. This is pretty simple and straight forward. Additionally, it is provided by my school so I hope you school has it as well. Then, we add plain white border to the sides. I ordered three rolls, but needed to get more. Other teachers in my grade level took old borders they had and flipped them over to the white side! I thought the rolls were easy to cover large areas with border quickly.
Candy Themed Windows
Next, we made the windows. We cut out rectangles with yellow paper. Then we added brown strips that we make using a yard stick for straight lines. On top, we added more of the white border. Before we glued anything down, we added a little paper gingerbread decorations between the pieces with hot glue.
Since I love rainbows and my classroom theme is primary colors, we used the die cut machine to make tons of circles to act as candy. I just taped these up with masking tape. It would have been easier to decorate this with a consistent pattern if my windows were square instead of a rectangle.
The roof was literally the crown and glory of this project. We rolled out brown paper to the size we desired on the floor in front of the exact location we wanted it, We knew we have to make smaller angles on the sides so we could attach it to the walls. Look at your space and how to secure your roof before you cut your brown paper. This will really help your gingerbread decorations!
Next, we added the white border. Then we placed out the larger circles, which were made with the die cut machine. I thought this was going to be easy, but it ended up taking the longest amount of time. Maybe it was me and it was the end of the day, but it was harder than I thought to get everything lined up from all angles. Once we had all the circles placed, we used hot glue to hold them in place. It took two people on ladders to glue this down to the walls and a third to make sure it was even. All the teachers in my hall helped each other.
Some More Details
You can see the inside door area. We added a door design to my actual classroom door and added those rainbow circles. Since the door was green, we did not use green circles on that section. We tried to match every other aspect of the door to match, including the little gingerbread people peeking out of this gingerbread decorations.
Let It Snow!
We also added wrinkled up paper to the bottom of the gingerbread house to act as snow. This was great since I didn’t have enough white border, but it as also a great way to tuck in the extra decorations into it.
The trees were also made with green construction paper, wrapped into a cone shape and glued to cardboard. We added a ribbon to the top. The candy canes are pool noodles with wire inside them to allow them to hold the shape. The stripe is made with tape. And the gumdrops are just construction paper with glitter glue on them. Additionally, the lollipop is made with cardstock and decorative rope is rolled around to give it the swirl shape.
Here is another angle to see the gingerbread decorations.