Step 2: Sketching and creating a foamcore model of the House
I have a background in theatre, so I am familiar with making models. I decided to make a model of the gingerbread house out of foam core. Using reference images of the House, the first thing I did was draw out on a large sheet of paper my estimated size of the house, my initial sketch had the finished house at about 5 feet, which was insane and not going to happen, so I just about halved the size and drew it at the height of 2’9” tall. I then used that sketch to figure out the size of my foam core pieces.
As I said before I made some templates, a facsimile of what I originally did. These are my approximated pieces. I did this on AutoCAD this week to show people how made this, so if you use this as a template to make your own, please double check and make your own foam core pieces because I haven’t put these drawings specifically together before, and I am positive there are things that are not perfect. (Pay attention especially to the angles on the roofs) The scale is about 3/16" = 1'-0", when this is printed on 8-1/2 by 11 paper.
I put together the foam core pieces with tape, checking to see that they all fit well together. Starting at the bottom I worked my way up to the top until I had the all of the pieces made and looking like the original reference.
I then labelled each piece, took the model apart and used each individual piece for my gingerbread template.