Archive for the ‘Decorating’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Making your Gingerbread House light up automatically when the room gets dark

We found the kit months ago, a ‘learning electronics’ available from the folks at Make. The ‘kit’ was a little paper cut out house that instead of having wires, had a pen that you used to draw circuits. The kits came with a little chip that ‘sees’ when the lights in the room are on, a couple little lights (LEDs), and a couple bits to power and control how the lights work. We of course got a kit (includes two houses) and painted them with color markers to look like little Gingerbread houses. A recent visit to the Bare Conductive site that makes the kit for Make looks to have had a similar idea:

The two house kit is available on Maker Shed’s site.

If you want to see what you will be doing with the kit before buying, here is the Bare Conductive Kit Instructions Page. This evening, we pulled apart one of our houses and are playing with putting the lights inside of one of the Gingerbread Men we built from our previous Cube print and fold craft post.

PostHeaderIcon Gingerbread Fun to print, fold and enjoy

There is Gingerbread fun that doesn’t require an oven or anything editable. Yet, is still fun for the whole family or even around the office.

As you can see above, the cute little Gingerbread fellow is actually paper cubes. We found a site that has designs for two different Gingerbread men as well colorful packages. Just download the PDF and print to your local printer. We found the less expensive photo paper worked best for color and folding. Cutting is best done with a knife since the tabs interlock. Scissors can be used around the outer edge though so kids can do that part. Folding and assembly can be enjoyed by the whole family. For work, more precision can used with the knife and scoring lines prior to folding if the finished cubes will be on view of clients.

This is a image of the artwork you can download. Don’t use the  image as it is too low of resolution, go to the site to download the better PDF.

Gingerbread Man 1 site

Gingerbread Man 2 site

Fun elfs and packages

 

PostHeaderIcon Gingerbread House Kits on Sale at Michaels Crafts

Michaels Craft store has their Gingerbread kits all on sale!! Hurry and get yours while they last. You will find the pre-made Gingerbread House kits plus lots and lots of Gingerbread Tree and Gingerbread Goodies. Christmas will be here in just a couple weeks so hurry and get your Gingerbread Houses made!! Details Here.

PostHeaderIcon Gingerbread House Inspiration from 1988

 

Here are some Gingerbread Houses that we hope inspire you from the 1988 Good Housekeeping magazine. You can see more HERE

PostHeaderIcon One of a Kind Gingerbread Estate House

 

Exclusive this year from William – Sonoma is this Gingerbread Estate that is an edible architectural wonder. Meticulously built and decorated by hand so that no two are quite alike, the all-natural gingerbread structure is bedecked with peppermint balls.

  • Made with all-natural, traditional gingerbread.
  • Delightfully surprising details, including royal-icing window shutters and entryway lanterns.
  • Can be personalized with a name or message up to eight characters.
  • 25 3/4″ x 20″ x 18 1/2″ high.
  • Made in USA.

PostHeaderIcon Gingerbread House Kits at Bed Bath & Beyond

Here is a great EZ build Gingerbread House project for you and your family. The 6-step kit that contains all you will need to create your candy and cookie centerpiece. The “EZ Build” tray and bag of premade icing (which will be your ‘glue’) make constructing your candy holiday home a snap. Also included in your kit are colorful candies for decorating. These kits do sell out so hurry and get yours while they last. Kits are available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

PostHeaderIcon How to Make Thanksgiving Gingerbread House

Surprise your family and guests with this stunning Thanksgiving themed Gingerbread House. Decorating with harvest and seasonal decorations like pumpkins, squashes, turkeys, pilgrims, red and yellow colors. Here is a nice video to guide you through ‘putting a Gingerbread House together’. Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday!!

 

PostHeaderIcon Simple White Sparkling Gingerbread House

For a fast, simple, and stunning Gingerbread House all you need is a pre-baked store bought kit, silver dragees, white icing, shredded coconut, and some sparkly white sanding sugar. Place the finished houe on a gorgeous silver tray to be admired through the season.

 

PostHeaderIcon How to Make Glowing Gingerbread House Windows

Did you know using hard-boiled lollipops, isomalt and gelatin, can be turned into beautiful windows for your Gingerbread house that give off that ‘glow” of a warm fire inside the cozy house. Visit HERE for details to make this Gingerbread House

PostHeaderIcon Make way for the Gingerbread Train coming through – Step by Step make your own!

Gingerbread isn’t ‘just’ for houses and little people! Our favorite cookie can be cut to make just about anything. And today, we bring you a great step-by-step set of instruction to build a whole train.

The instructions on the site include the parts/shapes you need to cut out, how to frosting them together and what the many train parts may look like. Even downloadable PDF templates to really make the shape cutting easy! You can customize as you like… just add a couple little highlights using bits of candy and colored frosting and a caboose could become a Santa Caboose or a engine is run by little figures of all of the family. It’s simple projects like these that lets everyone create Gingerbread Holiday fun then add their personal touches.