Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses

I’ve always loved the look of a gingerbread house, and I adore a Christmas village scene, but I haven’t had a village for several years. Gingerbread houses are fun, but all too often are temporary because they are made from actual gingerbread, icing and candies. I wanted a Christmas village made up of gingerbread houses, but one I could bring out each year. And, of course, you know I’m all about recycling, so using milk and juice cartons was exactly what I wanted to do.

Recycled Village of Gingerbread Houses by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

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