December 20, 2013

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Miniature Gingerbread House

Finish out your Christmas decorating by making a gingerbread house! It looks good enough to eat -- but it's really made from modeling clay and puff paint. :D

You'll also need some beads and stickers, for decorations. 

Start by rolling out the clay, and cutting out house shapes. For a simple house, you'll want two fronts, two sides and two roof pieces. This house is about 2" square at the base, and 3" tall at the point of the roof. (It helps to make templates out of cardboard first, and check the fit and size of your pieces!)

Bake the pieces, following the directions on the package.

To make the base for your house, cover a small square of cardboard with foil. 

Then, hot-glue your house pieces onto the foil-covered base. Be sure to glue the pieces to each other, as well!

Get the front, back, and two sides glued down before adding the two roof pieces. It's ok if you have little gaps -- you can fill those in with puff paint in the next step.

Go over all your hot-glued seams with white puff paint, to make it look like the house is held together with icing. 

If you want, you can go ahead and add "icing" decorations at this point -- or, if you're like me and don't trust yourself around wet puff paint, let it dry for a couple hours.

Draw on an 'icing' door and some windows; then decorate the roof. Here's a closeup of the roof pattern I did -- there are lots of other awesome patterns too, so get creative...

Once all that is dry, start landscaping! Hot-glue beads down all around the cardboard base to make 'plants'. 

As you are landscaping, it's also a great time to add stickers to the house itself. See if you can't find some that look like your favorite candy!

Once you're done landscaping, draw on a puff-paint path, and add a final drizzle of puff paint to look like snow.

Set it in a safe place overnight, to give the puff paint a chance to harden up.

Have fun, and be sure to let us know in the comments if you make this!

For Pixie Faire,

Melinda


11 Comments

Ali Dunk
Ali Dunk

January 11, 2017

Anyone have suggestions on the specific brand stickers to use?

Judy
Judy

December 21, 2016

This is awesome. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. Where’s it been hiding? Looks like it’s been here 3 years already. I wish I’d seen this earlier in the season, but there’s really no rule against making gingerbread houses in January, right? Besides, looks like it might just last a bit to enjoy next Christmas, and the next….

Clarissa
Clarissa

December 20, 2016

Cute idea!
I’ve made real gingerbread houses (and will do one this year for the grands). Since my hands tend to be a little shaky, I do the decorating before putting the pieces together.

helen34
helen34

December 16, 2016

qui peut me dire ou trouver cette peinture feuillete

Mary
Mary

December 16, 2016

Thinking about what sizes the template pieces are———-just noted, you can count the squares of the cutting board the pieces lie on. My guess is the sides are 3"high x 4"wide—-etc

Reina
Reina

December 16, 2016

It’s beautifull and easy!!!!

Pat
Pat

November 17, 2016

Great love it! Will try it soon! Thanks!

Darrence
Darrence

January 03, 2015

That’s an inentliglet answer to a difficult question xxx

Penny T.
Penny T.

November 28, 2014

I had hoped that you would attach the actual pattern pieces or at least given the dimensions for the walls, and roof when you turned this into Freebie Friday pdf and video. It would have made the tutorial a bit more user friendly.

Cathrine
Cathrine

June 29, 2014

Love it !!!

Annette
Annette

May 16, 2014

This looks so easy and so cute! I have go to try this one, and soon, even if Summer is on the horizon. Nothing like planning ahead! TFS! Annette

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