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).

Felt Gingerbread House Plans… no oven needed for house building fun

Looking around for new Gingerbread House plans, we came across a few that needed no cooking. Gingerbread Houses made from felt. The plans are delivered via email as a PDF so they are in your hands right away and only 6 dollar US (pricing we saw on 12/19/2011). Of course, you need to have the felt. The nice thing about felt Gingerbread Houses though is they are quick to make, no cooking is required and felt lasts forever… though, it doesn’t taste as good as their Gingerbread cookie versions.


The Giant Gingerbread Men of Costco

Walking through Costco this weekend, we saw they still had a few Gingerbread House kits in stock… we posted pics of those before. But, a new addition, where these giant Gingerbread Men. Sorry for the quick snap being a bit blurry, it’s frantic there with so many people and everyone grabbing anything that doesn’t move. These guys aren’t found on the Costco Web site so they may also be limited to which stores they are in. Question, does each kid and parent get their own to work on all day or do we do one per family and have everyone take a part? Either way, they will be a lot of fun at this weekend’s get together.


Snap together Gingerbread Cookie Toys for Kids

Not all Gingerbread Cookies are editable. We are not talking about poorly cooked cookies, but rather Gingerbread Men and Women decorations, and now… kids toys!

We found these fun little toy set (small, so not for kids under 3) of all kinds of Gingerbread Men and Gingerbread Women. “Learning Resources – Smart Snacks Gingerbread Sort & Snap” Each painted up colorfully and unique to each other. An added bit of fun for kids is that the hands snap together so they can make Gingerbread ‘people’ chains. Since each figurine is different from the next, it could be fun to make a chain of grouping two next to each other with the same color hair then the same color pants, etc… Hmmm… maybe we need to get a set for the adults here to play with.

Goth Gingerbread Man in Coffin

As we begin to approach Fall and soon Halloween, its time to shift our thoughts to “spooky, creepy, and even scary” stuff so why not a neat and Goth style Gingerbread Man! Found this interesting creation on an Etsy shop – The Poisoned Apple. Etsy is a great place to shop online for unique handmade items as well as vintage collectibles and antiques. Another Etsy shop we like is Crazy4Me and they tend to have a nice selection of vintage items for the home and neat collectibles and of course Gingread items from time to time. Hope you are all enjoying the end your summers!

Spicy Gingerbread Cupcakes

We are loving that cupcakes are so popular and are having a blast visiting bakeries that bake these treats and are really enjoying the super yummy cupcakes (I think my dentist is enjoying the visits I have been making lately too). So, in all true form that we love Everything Gingerbread….here is a tasty Martha Stewart recipe we found for you all for a spicy Gingerbread Cupcake and it looks so cute decorated with tiny Gingerbread men and Gingerbread boy sugared candies. Enjoy!

Primitive Gingerbread Cottage Fixins Potpourri

If you like placing potpourri around your home or office and are looking for something that smells scrumptious and has Gingerbread in the mix, you might want to try this Gingerbread Cottage Mix which includes 7 Dipped Gingerbread men Nestled in Dried Orange Slices, Apple Slices, Prim. Rosehips, Cinnamon Stix & more. All Heavily scented in “Sweet Warm Gingerbread” oil, at least 5 heaping cups. Details here.