How to Make a Gingerbread House to Outlast Even the Sweetest of Sweet Toothscomments (8) December 24th, 2009
I've always been facinated by gingerbread houses. When I was little, my mom had this book of German cooking and right on the cover was a gingerbread A-frame house. For as long as I can remember, I wanted that gingerbread house. At the age of 8, I was finally old enough to master the making of the gingerbread and icing, so my mom and I set out to make my dream house. We baked it and iced it, then my friend and I decorated it with candies and chocolates . . . man, it was beautiful . . . my first craft success! I was so proud of it that I had to take it out to the garage to show my dad. We carried it gently through the house and out to where my dad was working on his car. There I tripped and it fell . . . smashing against the hard cement floor. . . my first craft-tastrophe.
It still hurts a bit to this day.
Since that day, I've wanted a gingerbread house that would withstand my clumsy nature, and now I think I've figured it out! A felt "gingerbread" house! This house is so easy to put together that once you make one you'll want to make two or three.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1/3 yard brown felt (I used a wool felt to add to the heirloom quality. The color I used is called Copper Kettle. One-third yard should yield two houses.)
- 1/3 yard of white felt
- Hot glue
- Crafty bits and bobs (I used foam shapes, pom-poms, trim, ribbon, pipe cleaners, puff paint, glitter, and other things hiding in my stash.)
First, cut the cardboard base for your house.
Here are your measurements:
House front: 7-1/2 inches by 4 inches by 5-7/8 inches (cut two).
House side: 4 inches by 5-7/8 inches (cut two).
Roof: 14 inches by 7-1/2 inches (measure 7 inches in and score the roof piece so that it's easier to fold).
Base: 8-3/4 inches by 8-3/4 inches.
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