I love gingerbread. Cookies, cakes, houses. It's the part of the holidays that I cannot imagine anyone finding objection with.
Having been asked many times to make a gingerbread house for the dolls, I always have to politely decline. The amount of work and time required in this scale would make for a very expensive house!
Instead, I have decided to make one for my dolls and chronicle it's progress, step by step, giving tips and hints along the way. Maybe it will inspire you to make a gingerbread house for your own dolls.
First I had to decide on a design. I searched images of other gingerbread houses, drawing elements and bits and pieces
from different designs I liked- and added in a little of my own inspiration
as well. My talents lie in sculpting- not drawing. So I have refrained from including the sad sketch I made of the gingerbread house I ultimately decided on.
Next I made a template from cardboard. I took about 15 minutes to
figure, cut and retool the pattern pieces until I came up with a design
Then it was off to make my gingerbread! I rolled the clay to about a 1/4" thickness. I did not want the walls too thin for fear of breakage when gluing the pieces together.
I carefully cut the clay from my pattern pieces, gave them each a little texture to mimic the real thing, and soon they were baking.
After having cooled I began to assemble my pieces, shaving off bits of gingerbread here and there so that the house fit together nicely.
I quickly snapped this pic next to a Sharpie so you can sort of see the relative size I decided on.
The fun part comes next- the decorating......