Sunday 30 November 2014

A 3D Hama bead gingerbread house

I've been playing with Hama beads for quite a while now and I decided it was time to attempt a 3D project, having seen some fab examples online. With the festive season already well under way I decided to try a little gingerbread house. My Hama bead gingerbread house is quite small, and it looks very sweet perched on the mantlepiece at Christmas. You can find the pattern for the pieces at the bottom of this post.

How to make a Hama bead gingerbread house

I actually based the design on the real gingerbread house that I've made the last couple of years for Christmas. The walls are designed with tabs that clip together, so there is no need for glue to hold them together and it's really solid. But I admit I was a little stumped when it came to the roof. Perhaps with a bit more though I could come up with way to make a similar interlocking design, but in the end I just made two rectangular pieces that slot together to form the ridge and then it just sits on top. It's fairly stable just balancing there but I'll probably add a bit of glue to keep it in place.

How to make a Hama bead gingerbread house

Because it's so small I'm thinking that it would look good with some ribbon attached to the top so that it could be used as a hanging decoration. Or I might pull out my mini Hama beads and use the same pattern to create some really tiny, delicate houses for tree decorations!

How to make a Hama bead gingerbread house

I have also made a flat Hama bead gingerbread house using the house pegboard, and you can find that and my other house designs here - Hama bead house designs.

These are the six pieces that I made for the gingerbread house.

How to make a Hama bead gingerbread house

Of course this has led me on to all sorts of ideas now. I'm even thinking about making a whole Christmas town to go under the tree! You could also make all sorts of scenery for a train set or car mat, perhaps with some of these Hama bead trees for a Christmas forest.

Do you enjoy crafting with Hama beads? You can find all my Hama bead blog posts on my Hama bead page.

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