Friday, 23 December 2016

Gingerbread House crafts

Every year I make a gingerbread house with the children, a tradition that started back in 2012 - My First Gingerbread House for Christmas - and with this year's house currently in progress I thought I'd share some of the lovely gingerbread house crafts that I've spotted while browsing around online.

A gingerbread house crafts round up

I have shared some of the different Hama bead houses that we've made using the house pegboard, and one of my favourites was the Gingerbread House below. It's quite simple and there is a lot of scope there for adding extra sweets and so on, it's definitely something that I need to revisit!

Hama bead gingerbread house

The next year I stepped it up a bit and made a 3D Gingerbread House from Hama beads. My first attempt at a 3D Hama bead project and I think it worked really well, it's quite small so it fits nicely on the mantle piece and you could also pop a battery powered tea light inside so that it glows.

3D Hama bead gingerbread house

If you are looking for something much larger, I've seen some amazing child size gingerbread houses made from large cardboard boxes. I'm a little bit  reluctant to give this a go (we did end up with a cardboard box rocket in our dining room for four years) but they do look amazing and I know that the children would have so much fun making one. You can see some fantastic examples here - Life Size Gingerbread House and Life Size Cardboard Gingerbread House.

Another bake that I first discovered via Pinterest was these gorgeous tiny gingerbread houses that perch on the side of your mug. If you follow the link you can download a free pattern so that you can make your own, a great way to use up the left over gingerbread pieces from making a larger house.

I love the idea of making a permanent gingerbread house decoration, like this amazing Felt Gingerbread House which also doubles up as storage for Christmas decorations. You could attach the embellishments using velcro so that it could be re-designed each year, I know that the children would love it.

Finally this year we used a Baker Ross kit to make some Gingerbread House frames. Using a kit meant that they were really simple to make, but you could easily make your own using coloured paper and cardboard, and they would be great with a magnet attached to the back so that the photograph can be displayed on the fridge.

Gingerbread house with photo craft

I hope that you enjoyed my round up of Gingerbread House crafts, are you inspired to try any?

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