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« on: January 02, 2014 01:58:00 AM »


I made a gingerbread house based on waldorf tree houses/gnome houses.  Its made from 4 batches of gingerbread, using a few different recipes to give different colors and sturdiness.  The details are made from melted sugar, edible clay (made from scratch of course) and food coloring.  The only non-edible bits are the base (which is a shelf I got out of the closet wrapped in wrapping paper!), some toothpicks and a bit of string.  Everything else is all food! 

I have a tree house with 12 gnomes, a play house, checkerboard, swing, picnic table, bench, book, 2 tables, 4 chairs, fire pit, garden, well/pulley system, ladders, a staircase, sugar greenhouse, a slide and sea saw, and a dock with a fisherman and lake. 

I painted the gingerbread with cocoa and food coloring to make different shades to make it look more like wood.  The posts were also painted with a layer of watered down gingerbread dough and re-baked to give a bark like texture. 

I tried to get pictures from all sides:







 
This little green gnome is sitting a toadstool table.

 
Two gnomes sitting at another table on another floor.
 

A gnome manning the pulley system for the well, and a bright red ladder.
 

This is the well made from gingerbread and painted.  The rock is holding the string for the bucket/pulley system.  Green archway in the background is one of two.
 

The pulley system holds this bucket, with a tiny gnome inside!
 

On the top level, there is the swing off one side.   There is a picnic table with a chessboard and grey gnome, a little playhouse, and another gnome reading a book.
 

Gnome on a swing
 

Gnome on a yellow bench.
 

The little yellow gnome is fishing on the dock.  The fish is hand painted, and there are two more in buckets (the orange/green one made by my 6yr old).  The water is poured sugar over tin foil.   Behind is the path, hand painted with cocoa.
 

Here is the greenhouse that I made from poured sugar.   There is also a carrot patch and a basket of carrots.   In the background is the staircase and playground.
 



Here is the fire pit.  Its got "ash" in the bottom, rocks surrounding it (for safety of course), and logs and flame.  The teal gnome is roasting a marshmallow.



Another shot of the firepit, staircase, path and carrot patch.


Here is a 360* video (mute it please!  There is no sound other than my sister watching house hunters!)
http://s169.photobucket.com/user/leighi123/media/baby/December%202013/gingerbread%20house/100_6635_zps2155a46a.mp4.html


I even made a smaller, completely allergy friendly house for my 6yr old Levi to decorate:


I worked on this for over a week, it was a lot of work but lots of fun to do!  Hope you like it!!! 


(and just for fun, here is the giant gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, by Disney)


Thanks for looking!!!

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014 04:20:16 AM »

Wow this is incredible, the amount of detail blew my mind! Hitting this rocks!
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014 05:23:02 AM »

Wow! What a labor of love!
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014 05:52:39 AM »

What a wonderful Gingerbread house!
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014 06:04:17 AM »

I hit This Rocks too, this is just wonderful.  All the little details blow my mind!
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2014 09:11:47 AM »

this is so wonderful and the details are amazing
are the gnomes marzipan?
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2014 10:19:11 AM »

this is so wonderful and the details are amazing
are the gnomes marzipan?

Thanks!  Smiley

The gnomes and most of the colored clay details are an edible clay I made from cornstarch, powder sugar, corn syrup, water and a little flour.  I just threw stuff together until it was the right consistency - it dries hard as a rock and tastes like nasty sweet flour!   If I actually wanted to eat it, I would have used candy clay, which is white chocolate and light corn syrup, it also dries but tastes a lot better, its also more shiny. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2014 10:20:56 AM »

That is amazing!
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2014 10:45:41 AM »

So cool, this has inspired me to keep soldiering on with mine (it is travelling with me as I visit various relatives round the country).

I think I've worked out most of the materials but am curious about what you used for your fire rocks, the 'tree trunks' and is the 'paint' just food colouring? I just can't decide which bit is my favourite, maybe the sugar greenhouse - I would have totally burnt myself if I'd tried that.

PS. your kid is adorable.
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2014 11:02:07 AM »



So cool, this has inspired me to keep soldiering on with mine (it is travelling with me as I visit various relatives round the country).

I think I've worked out most of the materials but am curious about what you used for your fire rocks, the 'tree trunks' and is the 'paint' just food colouring? I just can't decide which bit is my favourite, maybe the sugar greenhouse - I would have totally burnt myself if I'd tried that.

PS. your kid is adorable.


Rocks are the same edible clay dyed greyish with food color and cocoa.  Trunks are gingerbread "logs ", I kept rotating them as they cooked. I then added water to gingerbread dough to make a paste and painted the logs, then baked a bit more. It gives the cracked look. I sawed off the ends to make them level before gluing together.
Paint is food color or cocoa . I added some water.
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