There is no denying that I am a proud Harry Potter nerd. Honestly, Ten years or more of my life has been spent being involved in that story whether through the books or the movies so I thought I would make a tribute to the best building in the whole series: The Weasley Family home or more formally “The Burrows”.   I love it because it has an amazing DIY feel to it.  Much like myself, they are on a close budget, they have to make do with things that are not perfect or they make it work somehow. Mrs. Weasley makes her family home knit sweaters for Christmas and they reuse books and clothing,  just like me!  In my mind that house is kept together with magic, duct tape and love.

I am not an excellent cook, but I do like to bake. This gingerbread house, which I actually made a year ago, is the first gingerbread house I have made as an adult. I remember making them as a child with my mother and adding a lot of white icing and gumdrops and loads of sugary bits. However my gingerbread house is not about the candy it's about the gingerbread. Lots and lots of tasty Gingerbread.
This house stands at just about 2'-9" tall and used 4 double batches of gingerbread to create.  I also changed the spice equation on my grandmother's recipe to be heavy on the cinnamon, light on the ginger, with a little added nutmeg and no cloves.

As I mentioned above, I did make this gingerbread house a year ago, and not knowing I would be entering it into this contest or onto instructables, I did not take the kind of photo documentation that the folks here at instructables are accustomed to. I put my thinking cap on and decided to use my other skills to attempt to make up for that.  I did an approximation of my template for this gingerbread house on AutoCAD and to help demonstrate the steps I painted some watercolour renderings. It's a bit of an artistic instructable! Why not!?

This baking endeavour took me 40 hours, a fair bit of money and ingredients as well as a small piece of my sanity! I do a lot of crafting, embroidery and craft swaps and this was not in my regular arsenal of skills so it was a major challenge for me. If want to see what I usually spend my time doing - you are most welcome to peruse my blog at your discretion.


Step 1: Supplies

This is what you will need to accomplish this:

To make the model:

  • 3 pieces of 2'-0" x 3'-0" foamcore - colour of your choosing
  • Tape
  • Tinfoil
  • Large sheet or roll of paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Images of the orginal house
  • ruler
  • Cutting Mat for paper
  • Exacto Blade       

To make all of the gingerbread:
There are 4 double batches to make this which is a massive amount of ingredients. This list is the final tally of what you will need. I will give you a more specific per batch recipe once you get to that step.

  • 16 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • 12 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 16 eggs
  • 8 cups dark molasses ( Some light molasses in there too)
  • 8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 50 cups flour ( of various kinds)
  • 24 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 24 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 8 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons salt

To make the royal icing:
Again this cumulative for the whole house

  • 18 cups of Icing sugar
  • 12 eggs

To decorate and shape the gingerbread before and after baking:

  • Big cookie sheet
  • Small cookie Sheet
  • parchment paper
  • rolling pin
  • Sharp knife ( paring knife works well)
  • Dull butter knife
  • Icing tips
  • Icing bags ( I just used sandwich bags.. a little cheap i know..)
  • Paint brushes ( Nylon, new and washed with dish soap)
  • Spray food colouring - red
  • Dark Brown and Black food colouring
  • regular Red, Blue and Yellow food colouring
  • 6 cans of canned food ( for propping things up on)
  • 2 Large cinnamon Sticks
  • about 2 cups of Shreddies ( for the roof shingles)
  • Licorice shoelaces
  • yellow and green nerds
  • a brown candy stick


I'm about to attempt this amazing creation any tips?
<p>Hey hickmott,</p><p>That's awesome I would love to see pics when you are done! Good luck! It will take a lot of patience. Watch your batches carefully, and trim right after you get stuff out of the oven, if it has in any way gotten bigger than your piece should be. This took me a good deal of time, as each section of the house really has to set before you add toooo much weight on to the next one, It is ridiculously tall when it is done and you may need to step on a chair to get to decorating the top of it. Have fun! </p>
Awesome thank you! I just had a couple random questions about it. 1. When I print off the template do I need to enlarge it at a ratio of 3/16 inches to 1 full inch? 2. The roof on the top is it made out of prices glued together or one price that had indents in it and lastly 3. The largest prices on the upper half do they have a pattern pushed in before baking? Or was that just how it turned out?
<p>Okay question 1- No, it is not 3/16 to one full inch, it is 3/16 to one full foot. This is big. So if you measure this with a scale rule or an architect's ruler ( link to a free printable attached.) then you can figure it out and what to blow it up to. Sorry I don't have one handy or I would do it for ya.</p><p><a href="http://www.printablerulers.net/preview/Architect_Scale_12-inch" rel="nofollow">http://www.printablerulers.net/preview/Architect_S...</a></p><p>2 - okay roof on the top - I am looking at the pictures and there are several &quot;roofs&quot; as this is in a couple of sections. If you are talking about how I made them look like there were slats of wood, then yes I indented them before baking with the back of a knife. Step 4 of the instructable briefly touches on that. </p><p>3 - largest pieces on the upper half i did push in the details, again check out step 4 and the pictures in that step. I did go over them again just after I got them out of the oven to ensure that that any details that were lost were remphasisd, however be very careful as you could crack the piece, it has to be when it is still kind of hot, before it has cooled down. </p><p>hope that helps!</p>
<p>For the icing, that's 12 egg whites, right? I could see someone using the whole egg if they're not accustomed to baking.</p>
Absolutely phenomenal! Seriously, you should be very proud of this creation!
<p>Wow, this is amazing! I attempted a gingerbread Hogwarts castle last year (that somewhat turned out) but this is so much more impressive! Great job!</p>
<p>I really hope you didn't eat this it is so beautiful</p>
Every year around the holidays I come back and stare at this, haha. IT'S PERFECT
But still cool
That house burned down
hehe .. just saw it on <a href="http://9gag.com/gag/6168886" rel="nofollow">9gag</a> and knew right where it was from.
Way Cool! <br>
en un mot... heu... &quot;superbe&quot; ?... &quot;magnifique&quot; ?... je ne sais pas... mais j'ai bien peur de ne pas oser me pr&Atilde;&copy;senter pour le prochain concours : qu'est-ce que je pourrais faire de mieux ?!?... rien... <br>vraiment, j'adore !!!... o&Atilde;&sup1; avez-vous trouv&Atilde;&copy; le &quot;dessin&quot; de base ?... je n'ai lu que des romans (non illustr&Atilde;&copy;s), mais j'ai souvent &Atilde;&copy;t&Atilde;&copy; d&Atilde;&copy;&Atilde;&sect;ue des illustrations que j'ai pu voir, m&Atilde;&ordf;me dans les films : &Atilde;&sect;a ne ressemblait jamais &Atilde;&nbsp; ce que j'avais imagin&Atilde;&copy; !... alors que l&Atilde;&nbsp;... j'y suis !... je &quot;reconnais&quot; le &quot;Terrier&quot; (nom donn&Atilde;&copy; en fran&Atilde;&sect;ais), je suis chez les Weasley !... je m'attends &Atilde;&nbsp; voir Arthur traverser la cour... Harry, Ron et Hermione pr&Atilde;&copy;parer leurs plans dans un coin... et Molly sortir pour voir quelles b&Atilde;&ordf;tises les jumeaux sont en train de pr&Atilde;&copy;parer !... <br>en plus du travail que cela repr&Atilde;&copy;sente (y compris les jolis dessins et aquarelles !), de la cr&Atilde;&copy;ativit&Atilde;&copy;, de tous les &quot;efforts&quot;, mat&Atilde;&copy;riels et techniques, avant tout, vous m'avez fait r&Atilde;&ordf;ver !!!... alors, merci !...
Je vous remercie pour vos aimables paroles. S'il s'agit d'une mauvaise traduction, c'est parce que je suis en utilisant &quot;Google Translate&quot; pour vous envoyer une r&eacute;ponse. La &quot;base&quot; dessin est des films, en particulier le dernier film de Harry Potter. Quelques id&eacute;es ont &eacute;t&eacute; simplement imagin&eacute; et j'ai &eacute;t&eacute; un peu limit&eacute;e avec ce que je pouvais faire avec &quot;Gingerbread&quot;, mais il avait beaucoup de plaisir &agrave; faire et je suis si heureux que &ccedil;a vous a plu.
Not only do you WOW me, but you also share the wonderfully detailed &quot;how-to's&quot;. You are my hero!
This is the coolest use of <a href="http://www.canadianfavourites.com/Post_Shreddies_Regular_p/post001.htm" rel="nofollow">shreddies</a> I have ever seen. I am a big fan of the shreddies.
Nice illustrations!
I just wanted to thank everybody who voted for me! I was totally blown over by this! Thanks so much! You are all awesome - 10 random bonus awesome points for everybody!
This.. is.. awesome.. :)
An incredible feat of architecture! Fantastic!
wow that's amazing!
Hey Mezcraft: Had to get in my vote! Aunt Debby. Your Ginger bread house of the Weasle's is fantastic.
Thanks Aunt Debby!
This is amazing! I just love the illustrations you've used! It really brings the recipe to life! (corny right?) This is the most amazing gingerbread house I have ever seen!
Thank you very much! I think the drawings themselves have a good level of corniness to them as well, so corny is totally appropriate!
Yay corniness!!,
A great solution for not taking pictures while making it. Great illustrations! Love the house
I love it! You are very creative and you did a great job of bringing your imagination to life. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. Maybe a book of gingerbread houses :)
I do keep looking at every house and wondering how to make it out of gingerbread... It can get addictive.
I think your artwork illustrating the project is as impressive as the project itself! Outstanding!
Thank you very much! Some of them I had a bit too much fun doing...
Fantastic!! I too loved the watercolors of your process. You have a great deal of talent and creativity. Pre building out of foam core is genius! Keep up the good work!
Thanks very much! I wasn't really sure about the watercolours, because everyone on here takes such fantastic photos of their work, I am very pleased to see that they were enjoyed! The foam core is really great because it is about the thickness of the gingerbread, so you really a get a true idea of how things are going to fit together!
this is amazing, well done
WOW! Amazing! Stupendous! Out of this world!
I am speechless, go on creating, you are great!!!
Its a beautiful!!!
I'll bet you have a wand and an owl brings your mail. This is astonishing. Brilliant!
woah. all I have to say is woah.<br>
Cool! You are MASTER!
I think it's brilliant...
Very talented. You win the internet today.
Hope you enter the Gingerbread contest in Asheville, NC; you'd win!<br>
That is incredibly impressive. I'm sharing it to some people who would love this.
I think all that needs to be said is: wow
Fantastic! I can't believe you even took the time to do all the cool illustrations! This is awesome ;-)

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