(Double click any pictures for a closer view.)My gingerbread house is finished! I feel like an architect! The centerpiece was the project for this week's Cuttlebug Birthday Palooza celebration. I went in search of a house, and I found one at Hobby Lobby. It was brown papier mache, and when I saw it, I had a vision! LOL! I decided to make a quilt pattern to match the mini-book that I made last week.
I paper pieced and embossed each triangle, window and roof section of the entire house and cut a whole in the back so I could add lights to the inside. The above picture shows a closeup of what the house looks like when it is lit.
I found some papier mache gingerbread ornaments, so I decorated them to match the invitation that I made the first week. Does the table runner look familiar? It is the mini-book opened up! After the party, just add pictures, and it becomes a scrapbook.
of my decorations.
Next I made a napkin ring with a small gingerbread man and then added mini cookie cutter ornaments from "Dress It Up."
I found some clear glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby, and I thought they would make cute favors. I again used the same gingerbread man stamp, layered two together, cut, colored, and embossed them. Then I attached them to the ornament with Mod Podge. I filled the ornament with MS glitter, added berries, embossed leaves and ribbon. Because the gingerbread man is layered, you can see his image on both sides of the ornament.
When you decorate a gingerbread house, you always need extra candy. I found some glass jars, decorated them and filled them with candy.
To get the full effect, I wanted to show everything that was made for the party. Grouped together are the invitation, gift box, card, and mini book, along with the decorated candy jars.
I couldn't resist making some gingerbread cookies to add to the tablescape.My house now smells like Christmas! The pointsettias that I used for a backdrop were packed with cinnamon pinecones, and the house is filled with the aroma of fresh baked gingerbread! I also broke my record of most pictures in a post, but I wanted to show all the details in my project.