Using the iPad to create a whole Gingerbread Paper Village
We are on a roll… as soon as we started folding paper versions of our favorite Gingerbread things like Gingerbread Men and Gingerbread Houses, we keep finding more options. This one is an inexpensive iPad app called Foldify. The app lets you paint onto flattened creative areas, then print, cut out, and fold. The tabs need to be glued or taped, but the cutting is simple so the whole family can join in the fun.
Each shape starts as a blank template which can be twisted and zoomed in to get maximum creative area to work in. Choose a drawing tool, then pick a color from either the color circle or the quick picker, then start drawing! On the left, you can see a 3D version of what your design will look like when printed and folded. Foldify lets you turn the 3D image too so you can see how things are going from every angle. Then, print in three different sizes, email a PDF version or even post to a few social network options.
Foldify provides a nice selection of shape templates included. Each family member can create their own Gingerbread house, put a few trees around (remember, each item can be printed in 3 different sizes), have Gingerbread family members walking around and even a snowman! The shapes are not multi-cubes having to be put together like one of our earlier posts so things like arm are drawn on the sides of the ‘people’ templates. There is plenty of eyes, noses, candy cane and other ‘stamps’ to apply so don’t worry about having limited drawing skills. Personalize to make each one truly your own. There is no limit to how many Gingerbread Houses and things you can create and print so everyone can keep expanding their Village beyond the fireplace mantel to all around the house (and offices).
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.
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 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.
Gingerbread Hello Kitty at Build-a-Bear
We were holiday shopping at the mall and were delighted when passing the Build-a-Bear store to see a big window sign of a Gingerbread Hello Kitty plush. Here are some details.
This world famous gal is ready for the holidays, complete with a mistletoe bow! She includes a scented plush gingerbread cookie. Personalize her with clothing and accessories to make the perfect unique gift. Details Here for Gingerbread Hello Kitty
- SKU: 019289
- Height: 18.0 “
- Product Weight: 15.0 oz
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