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Gingerbread Tree House

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Gingerbread Tree House Front

What a fun project this was…my gingerbread tree. It started as a club project in April of last year. The original project was designed by Pam Junk (are we seeing a pattern here?).

I didn’t get to finish it at the time, but wanted it done before Christmas. My BFF didn’t get hers finished either, as she had just returned from her honeymoon. So we FINALLY had time to do the gingerbread houses this past week…oh how much fun we had, although my balls kept falling off, the dog almost ate one of my balls and then when they were finally glued down, my balls were in the way! Angie kept breathing in the sparkle and choking on it as she glittered her limbs…and her face…and the floor and the dog!!! LOL!!!

So let me describe what you are seeing:

Gingerbread Tree House Inside

The inside:

The furniture is from a kit by Debbie Young (www.youngatheartminiatures.com). Sadly, she no longer makes this kit, I wish I had bought more! My favorite part of this kit is the babies in the bed…they are the little babies you buy in the cake baking section with their arms cut off so they will lie flat…Debbie has such a twisted sense of humor, but they do lay flat and look beautiful!!! LOL!!!

The Buffet mirror is by B.J. Critters (http://www.bjminis.com/secure/enter.html). The lighting is by Evans Designs (http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/ledlights1.html). I covered them in pearl pony beads. The one up top hangs down much lower because I couldn’t get it pulled up through the top enough. So I took a holly leaf brad and stuck it on the bottom of the pony beads…voila…Christmas themed ceiling fan!

I made the Christmas tree myself with some decorative embroidery floss and seed beads. The food on the tables is from Jan be Nimble (Jan McCandliss). The table and chairs are the cheap plastic furniture you buy by the set, painted silver with a scrapbooking candy sticker on top of the table and tiny gingham silk fabric for the chair cushions.

The snowman rug comes from the fabric store iron-on section. The lamps and cakes throughout the rest of the house are from various swaps. Sadly, I didn’t keep track of where each one came from. Thanks to all who provide those swaps and tote bag favors over the years. I will try to do better next time!

Gingerbread Tree Back

The outside:

The fake candy around the tree is from a garland I bought years ago at a clearance sale. I’ve been searching for another to no avail. The ice cream cone trees are ornaments I bought from walmart this year…they just SCREAMED to me in the store…I’m a Dr. Sues tree! The “icing” is a combination of modge podge and sheetrock spackle and some glitter. It does not pipe well (or maybe it was old, having been in my hobby room thru the summer heat) and we immediately suffered “blow outs” when we tried to pipe the goo…but it went on well with popsicle sticks…thank goodness!

The trees are also either Christmas village trees or Christmas ornaments (also from Walmart). The cute little teapot on top and the snowman are mysteries. They were just in my stash of future projects. The glittery small trees are scrapbook stickers as are the peppermint stepping stones. The archway over the door is also a scrapbook sticker and I used my Close to my Heart Stardust Glitter Gel (http://overhobbied.ctmh.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=5251&CatalogID=168) to enhance the sparkle around the doorways and windows. I like this product because it dries with some dimension to it and not just flat like most glitter glues.

The little clay-like sleighs and trees are miniature ornaments from some post Christmas sale. The small peppermints, lollipops and candies on the tree itself are all buttons and the ice cream bench is by BJ Miniatures (http://www.bjminis.com/secure/enter.html). I also added some glitter gel to the chocolate and whipped topping on the bench for additional sparkle!

The tree itself is foam core, cut with a scroll saw and then painted. The base is a standard cardboard cake base with a ribbon around the edge. The doors are from Grandt line (http://www.grandtline.com/products/arch/quarter/quarter_scale_architectural_doors.html) and are painted with traditional model car paints. You could spray paint them with a flat white paint and then use your regular acrylic paints on them as well.

This is a fun project. We plan to do it again next year, only in a different shape…maybe a house this time…or a train. Maybe we will have to visit some real gingerbread competitions for inspiration! Field trips…always fun!!! Have a very merry Christmas friends!

Gingerbread Tree ice cream bench