Introduction: Build a Ginger Bread House
This Instructable was originally only a photo Instructable but now has been converted to a step by step Instructable so that you can better see the comments that I added to the photos. I hope you enjoy this revision.
Finished Ginger Bread House with light inside. The windows and roof are covered with thin clear plastic with colored tissue paper glued on the inside. This house is about three feet by four feet and five foot tall. The snow on the roof was made using white quilt batting bought at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store. The windows and door are cut out of cardboard and painted before being glued on over holes cut in the sides so light will shine thru. The red hearts and ginger bread boy were cut out and painted, then glued on also.
Step 1: Dimentions for Ginger Bread House
Added these dimensions that were not in the original Photo Instructable.
Step 2: Hallmark Christmas Orniment
This was the inspiration for the larger window decoration that I built. It is the original porcillin ginger bread house that is about three inches by four inches. This was a Hallmark Christmas orniment sold about four or five years ago.
Step 3: The Front of the House
This is the front of the house where the door and small window with the ginger bread man will be. All windows are covered with clear plastic and colored tissue paper like the roof tiles so light will shine thru.
Step 4: Partially Completed Front of the House
This is the partially completed front of the house where the door and small window with the ginger bread man will be. All windows are covered with clear plastic and colored tissue paper like the roof tiles so light will shine thru. The candy gum drop in the picture was just a sample we were trying. The finished gum drops are in another picture and will be explained there.
Step 5: Finished Front of the Ginger Bread House
This is the finished front of the ginger bread house with some of the candy gum drops setting beside it. The candy gum drops were made out of card board in a tappered form, covered with the white batting like the snow on the roof. After covering with batting we then covered the gum drops with different colors of clear plastic wraping material.
Step 6: One Side of the Roof
This is one side of the roof under construction, notice the window dormire added like on the Hallmark ornament. This is all made out of cardboard and hotmelt glued together. The cardboard I used was about one inch thick. You could use several layers or build an internal support of some kind.
Step 7: The Roof
Here both sides of the roof have been glued to the end gables ready for paint. I used the one inch thick cardboard for the end gables as well as the roof.
Step 8: Taped Off the Gables
Here the roof has been painted and is ready for the roof tile made out of clear plastic and colored tissue paper. Note that I taped off the gables so that I could leave them brown which seemed to be a good color for ginger bread.
Step 9: Roof Has Been Painted
Here the roof has been painted and is ready for the roof tile made out of clear plastic and colored tissue paper. The tape has been removed from the gables so that I could leave them brown which seemed to be a good color for ginger bread.
Step 10: Installing the Tiles
Here I am installing the tiles, each made out of clear plastic with colored tissue paper on the back to add the color to them. With light behind them they look great. The tiles could be made out of colored plastic or some solid materal if you don't want a light behind them.
Step 11: Tile Installation Is Complete
Here the tile installation is complete and I have turned on a light behind them.
Step 12: The Candy Cains
These are the candy cains we made out of old cardboard tubes that carpet comes on. The cains for the corners of the house were made by putting a reenforcement block of wood in each end to help maintain the round shape while we cut out a pie shaped area on each one so that they would fit over the corners of the house. The curved candy cain was made by cutting out pie shaped wedges and reverseing them to form the curve. The end of the curved cane was slotted and folded in to form the rounded end. Painting was accomplished using tape around the cains.
Step 13: Almost Finished
Almost finished at this point but still missing the candy cain and piece of candy with the year on it over the front of the ginger bread house.
Step 14: Finished Ginger Bread House
Finished ginger bread house. The piece of candy with the year on it was made by cutting several slender football shaped pieces of cardboard and then bending them into curves, then glueing them together to form a sort of football shape that was painted white then covered with clear colored plastic wrapping. The stripes and numbers were glued on to finish the project.
Step 15: Finished Ginger Bread House on Display
Finished ginger bread house on display in the Christmas show window of Mary Scott's Hallmark Card Shop where my wife worked in 2006