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Craft Your Own Our Lady of Loreto House: A DIY Guide


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Craft Your Own Our Lady of Loreto House: A DIY Guide


The holiday season brings with it a sense of joy, warmth, and creativity. One delightful way to usher in the festive spirit is by crafting your own Loreto House Bags. This is a mess-free and eco-friendly way to celebrate Our Lady of Loreto and add a touch of whimsical decor this Fall and Winter season. Let me guide you through the steps of creating charming paper bag Loreto houses, and if you'd like to learn more about Our Lady of Loreto, read my other post here!


Materials Needed:

  1. Brown paper bags

  2. White markers (colored markers can be used too)

  3. Hole punch

  4. Scissors

  5. Ribbon/String


Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before diving into the crafting process, gather all your materials. Make sure you have enough paper bags, white markers, a hole punch, scissors, and any additional decorations you want to use to adorn your gingerbread house.


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Step 2: Fold the Paper Bag

Fold the top two corners of the bag towards the back until they meet in the middle.


Step 3: Decorate Your Gingerbread House

Let your creativity run wild as you decorate your paper bag gingerbread house. Use the white or colored markers to create windows, doors, and any other details you desire. Add festive touches with colored pencils, buttons, or fabric scraps for a unique and sustainable touch.


If you're making multiple gingerbread houses, consider personalizing each one. Let family members or friends add their own flair to their individual creations. This not only makes for a more personalized decoration but also a memorable and enjoyable crafting experience.


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Step 4: Hole Punch and Assemble Ribon

Punch one hole on either side of the roof in the center of the portion you previously folded back. Assemble the string based on how you will be using the bag.


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Here are three ways to use your bag:

  1. As gift bags

  2. As a decorative village

  3. As garland


For options one and two, string a piece of ribbon through the holes from the back of the bag and tie a bow in the front. For option three, extend the length of string you will need for your garland and weave through the holes of the bags.


I used mine as gift bags, so I put the gift inside and then tied the bag shut with a bow.


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our lady of loreto house liturgical living


Step 5: Display and Enjoy

If you're not gifting your Loreto House Bags, find a special place to display it in your home. Whether it's on a mantel, as a centerpiece, or as part of a festive tableau, your handmade creation will add a touch of holiday beauty to your space.


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Creating paper bag gingerbread houses is a delightful way to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season. This simple craft not only provides a festive activity for individuals and families but also adds a touch of homemade charm to your holiday decorations. So, gather your materials, unleash your creativity, and enjoy the joy of crafting your very own paper bag gingerbread houses this holiday season.


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