17 December 2012

An Exploding Gingerbread House

Sounds dramatic doesn't it?  By now you probably have visions of gingerbread crumbs scattering across pristine walls while spears of peppermint flavoured icing shoot into unsuspecting mounds of soft furnishings.  Well relax, it's certainly not as theatrical or exciting as that would have been, besides, my walls are anything but pristine!!

I must admit that I also thought of "modestly" calling this post: Grand Designs.  Not because of extreme budget overruns or unique architectural layouts, but because it has been a long project in the making. I began constructing the base of the house several months ago, knowing how busy (crazy busy) things become in December for me.

And behold, above, you have the explosion.  Nominally, a bit of a storm in a teacup, but there you have it, remove the rooftop and layers of photographs pour forth.  For added effect I back-to-backed identical Christmas tags and imbedded them, swingingly, into the base using overhead transparency film (you know, the stuff they used to use for presentations, before computers got really clever).
What follows on from here in this post are the steps I took in making and designing the house.  This is a record as much for my benefit as any one else's.
Start Here (insert arrow pointing down)

begin with a 30x30cm piece of scrapbooking card

cut out and fold a t-shape with all 5 of the
squares measuring 9x9cm each

turn the entire project over
and adhere the cut away squares to the reverse side
this is for appearances sake
and to add extra strength to the walls of the house

fold a 10x4cm piece of white card in half length ways
then cut both of the long edges using
the Fiskars brand of "cloud" edgers (scissors)
cut out four of these altogether
stick down the white card, using a glue stick
and trim off any excess card
do this to all four of the edges
do this to all four of the upper edges/walls
this is the inside of the house
this is the outside of the house
the middle square will form the base
Make another three or four more of these t-squares, all getting slightly smaller by half a centimetere.  So the next group of squares will measure 8.5cm each, and so on.  Adhere each concentrically smaller centre square onto the one preceding it, using double-sided tape.  You do not need to "cap" them with the white card.

build a lid for the house
this will ultimately form part of the rooftop

to make sure it fits snugly atop the house,
the centre square should measure about 9.1cm x 9.1cm
the sides can be as long as you like
I can't remember how long my were (I have since given the house away)
This rooftop piece was cut out on the Bosskut Gazelle, so the scallops were cut out using my own measurements, however, the Fiskars "Cloud Edgers" (scissors) could also be used here again.  This piece also needs to be deep enough to cover the scallops sitting on the top edges of the walls.  So I would start with it being at least 3cm deep.

the rooftop attic cut out using the Bosskut Gazelle
the centre square is joined to the white lid using double-sided tape

roof top piece/attic stuck together

A large overall roof was cut out and fixed to the top of this attic.
to achieve the overhang effect
this was longer and wider than the rooftop attic piece
these Christmas lollies were the "shingles" on the roof
printed out from clipart
and sized according to the round punch I have
they were smeared with PVA glue to give an overall shiny effect

Henceforth, there seems to be a lack of photography, so the house goes from being semi-finished to completely done. Oooops!

Looks good enough to eat!

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