A Quarter of a Century of Gingerbread Houses

December 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm (Food, General Crafting, Holidays)

2010 is the 25th year making Gingerbread Houses in my family. We’ve been making houses of different shapes, sizes and types since I was 3, in 1985. (Post to follow with pictures from the past 25 years!).
This year I decided to branch out on my own and attempt making my own “house”. I drew up plans, constructed a three-dimensional mock up to make my pattern pieces from, and finally made up my own pattern pieces.
My mom and I then spent an entire Sunday baking, cutting, molding, and baking some more to get allll the pieces we needed for 2 houses…and my special “house”!

Gather all of your ingredients!
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Follow the recipe carefully
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Mix Mix Mix
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Start cutting out all of the house pieces
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Carefully cut out the window panes…one by one…
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And finally, after everything is done baking, let the pieces sit out for a few days to dry out and get hard.

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And on to the fun part! Assembling and decorating the house!
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After the house is assembled, time to decorate!
Here’s a preview of some of the accessories for my piece:
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What could it be?
A tiki hut?
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You got it!!

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All of the flowers, garland and other foliage was hand molded by me using colored gingerbread:

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The back of the hut sports the shoreline, cooler, date and more tiki’s

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The ginger-tender has a coke for you!

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Mini beach scene with a candy towel, gingerbread boom box and umbrella!
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The back of the hut has a little candy cooler full of soda and ice
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Bar stools, tiki totem pole and guitar

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The front of the hut is complete with a hibscus garland and some pretzel pilings

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My family also made a house (of the more traditional sense). Here’s theres!

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The bow window:

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The back
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The side
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And last—our two houses together!
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And really last—a cool “Christmas-y” shot of my hut:
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3 Comments

  1. 25 Years of Gingerbread Houses « Daner Designs said,

    […] this month, I wrote about our “silver anniversary” Gingerbread House. (Click the link to see it). That’s right- our family has been making […]

  2. Dena Miller-Wipprecht said,

    this is simply amazing .. love love love the tiki theme, can’t wait to see your house this year !! p.s i really enjoy your 365 blog. i have been thinking of starting one !

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