Thursday, December 10, 2015

Milk Carton Gingerbread House {& Giveaway!}

Aww...milk cartons.  Such a magical recycled item.  We decided to make our large supply (thanks, Ms. Caitlin!) of cartons into Gingerbread houses.  They turned out to be such an adorable decoration!

I was also excited to use a brand new (to me, anyways) art medium, paint sticks.  They are AMAZING! Kwik Stix makes a solid tempera paint.  Think of a glue stick, but smooth paint instead.  Heaven!  So many cool things about them.

  • Dry in 90 seconds
  • leaves a vibrant color
  • can be applied to so many surfaces
  • easy for little fingers to use
  • doesn't crack
  • no need for brushes, cups or extra painting materials    
Sometimes even this messy gal likes an easy, mess free project day!  Below we used Kwik Stix to make gingerbread houses, but we've used them with so many other things!  I'm kind of smitten.                                                                                                                    

How we made our (simple) gingerbread houses:

Milk Carton
Brown acrylic paint
Poster board
Hot Glue
Kwik Stix (or other paints)

I painted the cartons first with acrylic paint.  It goes on well enough, but depending on how much coverage you want, 2 coats are best. You can see the difference!

After these dry I put on a little roof.  Simply hot glued a folded piece of poster board.

Then I let the kids have a go at decorating!

You can find Kwik Stix on:
The Pencil Grip website

Here is the low down on the giveaway:
  1. Winners from USA only
  2. Must be 18 years of age
  3. Winner will be notified by me within 48 hours at the end of the giveaway
  4. If said winner does not notify me within 24 hours a new winner will be chosen
  5. The Pencil Grip will be sending you your winning prize!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*I did not receive compensation for this post.  The Pencil Grip sent me a 12 pack of Kwik Stix to test and review.  All opinions are my own and property of Getting Messy With Ms. Jessi.


  1. I love alternative ideas for markers and paint! I'd love to try these out for my little who loves to get a little too messy, maybe even for Ms. Jessi;)

  2. We love trying out new art supplies and techniques. My kiddos would love to use these to work on their "projects" and cards for friends and family.

  3. We paint everyday in class so this would be a fun alternative!


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