12 days of Christmas Crafts with Children–Gingerbread House

Yay, it`s December!

Are you as excited as I am?

Great.

And here’s something else to be excited about.

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Super thanks to Claire over at Polkadot Pretties for organizing this fantastic blog hop.

Yesterday, December 1st was our first stop on the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts Blog Hop,

you can view Lina`s project from Fancy Frugal Life here!

Today you are here

2nd Dec – Sarah @ Alderberry Hill

And here’s your next stop

3rd DecLeslie @ House on the Way

I am sharing a favourite Christmas craft of ours, decorating the gingerbread house!

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I am not adventurous enough to make my own gingerbread house so I picked up a kit.

I purchased this one at Winners.

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Here’s the yummy candy that came with it, so pretty!

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And here are the pieces all laid out. I used thick paper for our base but you can dress it up as much as you like, perhaps you have a fancy pedestal stand to display your house on!

I prepared my frosting using the package directions and spooned it in a frosting bag and added the frosting tip that came with the kit. (Any round 1/2” opening tip will do)

And then I handed it over to my Daughter and she had a barrel of fun creating her 2012 Gingerbread house!

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First she started with one end, adding frosting to 3 edges as shown above.

Then she added frosting to one side piece and put that in place. And then repeat for the other end and side and then you’ll have your house together minus the roof.

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She piped frosting along the edge of the roof and laid one roof on at a time.

Cans from your pantry work great at keeping the roof in place while the frosting is setting.

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Pipe more frosting around all outside seams as you can see below so your house is extra strong!

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And now it’s decorating time!

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Use the frosting to attach all candy.

I left all decorating decisions up to her and boy did it ever turn out great!

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It’s hard not to take a big bite right out of the side!

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All those yummy gum balls, mmmmm….

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So festive!

This is a great weekend afternoon activity. Play your favourite Christmas music and have a holiday treat while decorating your gingerbread house!

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Here are a couple of pictures that my Daughter snapped of the house, she’s becoming quite the photographer!

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Wouldn’t the one below make a great desktop background picture?

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Thanks again Claire for this fantastic series, we’ll have a flurry of ideas for December Christmas Crafting!

Don’t forget to pop over to see Leslie tomorrow @ House on the Way!

Comments

  1. This is so beautiful! We are having a Gingerbread House competition on our online magazine Daily Dish. Would love for you to join with a photo of your house! Come on over and spread the word! http://www.foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com/first-annual-gingerbread-house-competition/
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  2. Looks great !!!

    Thank you for being part of this crafting series !!

    And looks like you have a up coming photographer in the family !!

    Claire x
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  3. Never actually made a Gingerbread house – looks great fun and very tasty. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Love all the bright candies on this house! So wonderful to see the color on dreary days. You and your daughter did a great job!
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  5. Oh how much fun! I have never made a gingerbread house, it really does look like a heap of fun.
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  6. colorful, darling, and the best part…. GREAT MEMORIES MADE! hugs, jen
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  7. Love a great Gingerbread House! They are great to do with your kids! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!
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  8. This is great. My kids always love making gingerbread houses! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com
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  9. it looks lovely!

  10. Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, Christmas themed linky party!
    http://tessacotton.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-linky-party.html
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  11. Looks great! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week :)
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  12. When teaching 1st grade, this is the one all day event that the kids loved to do more than anything else. And they would talk about it the rest of the year!! Of course we wrote about what we would use to build our houses and draw designs, then write about what we thought about our houses and took pictures of the kids as they built their houses. At the end – each child had a book about building a Ginger Bread House!
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  13. This sounds like so much fun- something my son and I can do together. Looks great!
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  14. Such a cute little house. Every year, my daughter makes one with her grandma and it is one of her favorite Christmas traditions.
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  15. That is so pretty! I’m thinking my 5 year old GD would love helping with one of these!

  16. So cute!!! She did a great job!! We are planning to do some tomorrow night. I bought a kit from Ikea but it didn’t come with any candy or icing so we’ll have to make our own icing and find some candy around the house. :)

  17. Wow, it’s so pretty and colorful! You guys did a great job.
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  18. So pretty! I used to bake the gingerbread but I’ve gladly given into the kits. So much easier. I love how colorful yours is!
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  19. Great idea! Your daughter is very talented, she did a great job.
    Thanks for sharing at the Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Adorned From Above,
    Debi.
    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  20. oh this turned out lovely! My sister and I (totally in our twenties) make gingerbread houses each year and basically have a little competition. I want to find this kit! Thank you so much for sharing this idea on Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings http://www.ladybug-blessings.com

  21. This looks so nice! I have never made a gingerbread house before but will have to do one this year!
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  22. Thanks for linking up to my party! I wanted to let you know I picked your link to feature this week! See my post and grab my feature button here http://toastiestudio.blogspot.nl/2012/12/create-and-inspire-49-picks.html

  23. So much fun!! This is a tradition I love. :) Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime last Tuesday!!
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  24. Hi sarah,
    I love this gingerbread house. It is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    This weeks party starts at midnight tonight. I can’t wait to see what you have been up to.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee’s
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  25. Your gingerbread house is so cute. Thanks for linking up on Foodie Friends Friday Daily dish.
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