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Keepsake “Gingerbread” House

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It’s always the structure that seems to fail.  From my teaching years to my parenting years, I have yet to facilitate children in making stable, successful gingerbread houses.  While I understand it’s the process that matters most (and the process is always a hit), it would be nice to have an end product that lasts.

I had all but given up on our yearly attempt at making a gingerbread house, until the other day.  My husband and I took our son to look at gingerbread houses from a gingerbread house competition.  It was the inspiration I needed to give it another go.

 

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While these houses actually ARE made of gingerbread, I decided to cheat go a different route, create a keepsake, and make it a Christmas tradition in our home.

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I purchased this wooden birdhouse from Michaels ($2.50 with my 50% off coupon), and stopped at The Dollar Tree on the way home for the candy.

I used powdered sugar as the “glue”.  You simply pour the sugar into a bowl and add a little water at a time until you get a thick paste.

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SPREADING ON THE “GLUE”

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TIP:  It takes a few minutes for the “glue” to dry, so I spent some time helping him push things back into place until secure.

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We decided to make these as a keepsake.  Something we can take out and enjoy every year….and add to.  It will be fun to see how his houses progress as the years pass.  So, we sprayed the house with some clear lacquer.

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FINISHED PRODUCT

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FINISHED PRODUCT

FOR ANOTHER SPIN ON GINGERBREAD HOUSES, CHECK OUT RLs VERSION HERE.

- AK (MESE, MECD)

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4 Responses to Keepsake “Gingerbread” House

  1. Shanan Thompson says:

    I have been looking for a sturdy alternative that will last from year to year. I was thinking of having a house made of wood but the birdhouse option seems a bit more feasible! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Jocelynn says:

    This seems like a really good idea to use the wooden bird houses. The bird houses will hold up over the years. This is also awesome to use the bird houses because the house will come in all different sizes and shapes, which adds to the fun!

    Thanks for the awesome idea :)

  3. Rebekah says:

    The only way we ever made gingerbread houses was by using a mayfield single serve milk carton (think cafeteria style) and icing it first, then applying graham crackers. I doubt it would stand the test of time like these wooden ones though!

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