We're having a gingerbread house contest at Sugarland, and I planned on building one with the usual supplies, but changed my mind and decided to go another route after considering the time and effort that goes into making a cookie house.
I've seen the great felt kits from Twinkle Kids that you can order for $55, but it was too late to order one so I improvised. Rather than waiting for pre–cut felt shapes and candy bits to show up at my door, I went out and bought a few pieces of felt and made my own. It's an easy and fun project that kids and parents can both enjoy.
To see how I made the gingerbread house,
All you need are the following:
- Felt squares (available at most craft stores)
- Glue (hot glue gun works best but school glue will do okay)
- Fabric paints or markers
- A shoebox or some sort of base to shape the house
- Any extra do–dads you want to add on
- A base like a cake platter or piece of cardboard to set it up on if you like
Now you can get started.
- Paste the base color felt (most likely brown) to the box that you plan on using for your house shape.
- Start cutting the felt into all shapes and sizes – gum drops, candy canes, bubblegum, lollipops, candy corn, etc.
- Paste them onto the house.
- Use the leftover felt to make trees, sidewalks, snowmen, etc.
- Wash your hands of the glue and take a picture.
You've just created a gem of a "ginger"bread house without all the mess and over-consumption of candy.