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The Gingerbread Cubicle – Holiday Decorating Contest

The cubicle decorating contest at one of my past jobs may have people talking for the ages…

The Office’s Holiday Cubicle Decorating Contest

“Think outside the box.” While it’s easy to say, most people don’t do it. When the very idea of decorating my cubicle was presented, my first thought was definitely outside the cubicle. I blurted out over lunch, “I want to make a gingerbread cubicle!” If anyone was going to accomplish this feat, it was going to be me.

How to Make the Gingerbread Cubicle

I measured out my cube walls knowing that I would have to pay special attention to the one full wall that faces the main walkway.

My idea included a roof line that would tower over my 4′ 6″ high cube. I’d also have to throw some doors on my wide open cube to really create the gingerbread house effect.

A few of the things I used for decorating:

  • Brown paper
  • Cardboard
  • Colorful construction paper
  • Lots of packing tape
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Real candy canes
  • Hershey kisses
  • Pure white caulk for “frosting”

I stirred it all up and got the results I was looking for!

My Gingerbread Cubicle Won

I won the contest and was dubbed most competitive person in the office.While I will not deny being a competitive person, I will admit that I put 110% effort into my gingerbread cubicle. It was a design and decorating challenge.

Web design is one dimensional. I can’t really touch or feel the site when it’s done. So, I look for other things to do as a creative outlet. The cubicle decorating contest provided me with the venue. I thought of the idea, broke it down into pieces, and figured out how to “build” it from the ground up. It was a creation that I was very proud of.

This exercise helped me understand how my brain works. Think it. Deconstruct it. Build it. I guess that’s why I like being a web designer so much. It appeals to my creative and my mind.

Gingerbread Cubicle

Gingerbread Cubicle


  • Jenna on November 25, 2011

    Where did you use the hersey kisses?

    • Dianna on November 30, 2011

      I put them along the top wall of my cubicle. I didn’t have many, and I think most of them were eaten by my competition! 😀

  • Monica on December 17, 2008

    Thanks for the great idea it was so much fun and we won the contest for best deocorated cubilces. Wish you could see the pictures!

    • digi_gal on December 17, 2008

      Glad to hear you won the contest!

  • Esther on November 25, 2008

    This is what my co-worker did for her cube. she is VERY creative
    please view the link. She actually was in a paper house for december. she made doors to get in her cube and had chrismas lights inside so she could see her work….if she was even working! ha!
    she could of been napping the whole time! no one would ever have known!


  • Earle on June 19, 2008

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Earle!!!

  • copilot on June 3, 2008

    Copilot says : I absolutely agree with this !

  • Dianna on December 14, 2007

    If anyone has photos they’d like to share of their creations, I’d love to see them! Thanks! ~D

  • IEHP on December 13, 2007

    Someone in my company did this and it looks great. Thanks

  • Maria on December 6, 2007

    Thanks and to you too and the windows you just cut out and put what around for the effect?

  • Dianna on December 6, 2007

    I made the lollipops swirl in Photoshop. If you don’t use Photoshop, you can download clip art for free for use in Microsoft Word at microsoft.com.

    Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

    • cyrus on November 29, 2012

      how did you outline the windows?
      Really nice work BTW

  • Maria on December 6, 2007

    One last question?
    How did you make the lolipops and the windows of your house?
    Happy Holidays

  • Maria on December 6, 2007

    You definitely did go all out and I’m glad you won the prize good luck with your new functions.
    Thanks for the response
    I think making the roof will be hard to do!

  • Dianna on December 5, 2007

    This was actually my first cubicle decorating contest, and I went all out. 🙂 I definitely raised the bar in the office. I found a new job earlier this year and no longer work at ACerS, so I’m not participating in any office contests this season. At my new job, I’m the designated office decorator for all occasions, which is even better! Wee hoo! 🙂

    • massey on December 5, 2009

      i want to decorate my cubile like this this year please send to me all the pics and instrutions

      • digi_gal on December 5, 2009

        These are the only pictures that I took. The only instructions I have are to use your imagination. I did not have a set of instructions to follow in order to do this. It just requires being creative.

  • Maria on December 5, 2007

    What did you do the year before, you have pretty amazing ideas and how about this year?
    Good job!

  • Laura Avant on November 27, 2007

    I can’t view your gingerbread pictures, could you email them to me? We are having a decorating contest at work as well and I would like to see what you did.

  • Dianna on November 21, 2007

    I used four metal bookends that I found in our supply room. I tipped them on their sides and spaced them out across the top of the cubicle wall.

    Since I had wrapped the cardboard “roof” in brown packing paper, I was able to slide the part of the bookend that was sticking up between the paper and the cardboard. I secured it all in place with packing tape and used decorations to cover up my improvised braces. 🙂

  • Megan on November 21, 2007

    I LOVE your design. How did you secure the top part of the house above your walls?

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