Seven Ways to Build a Gingerbread House

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Are you getting ready to make a gingerbread house? This article shares seven different ways to make a gingerbread house. Many of these are kid-friendly, and there are even a couple surprises in this group!

Make a Gingerbread House from a Mold

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Find a mold like this. While most of the work is done for you, you can still say it’s 100% homemade!

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Graham Cracker Gingerbread House on a Milk Carton

This is the recipe my friend made for our toddler play date last year, and it was perfect for little ones. I know my friend had a hard time collecting milk cartons for all the children in our group, but once you gather the milk cartons, they’re easy to assemble. From Martha Stewart.

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Make a Gingerbread House from Scratch

Mama Smiles shows us how she made her house with a toddler (no small feat!) from scratch!

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Make a Graham Cracker Gingerbread House

Caked Alaska shows us how to make a beautiful graham cracker gingerbread house (unlike my ramshackle shanty town houses). And this post from Kelley Moore is also lovely.

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Tiny Gingerbread House Perched on the Rim of a Mug

Oh my goodness! These are most definitely not for making with little kids, but what a show stopper! Couldn’t resist sharing these beauties from Not Martha.

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Gingerbread House from a Kit

Or, take the easier route with a store-bought kit. A Spoonful of Sugar Designs shares their Ikea kit. Lovely. These kits are easy to find in many stores during the holiday season. In case you want the ease of shopping online, this gingerbread house kit is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon (affiliate).

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Gingerbread Matzo House

Not exactly gingerbread, but we made these jelly bean matzo houses earlier this year and I couldn’t resist sharing, just to show that with some icing and candy, you can turn just about anything into a house.

Matzoh gingerbread house

More Handmade Holiday Projects

How to make Easy Salt Dough Ornaments and part 2: How to Paint Salt Dough Ornaments

Skip the candy-filled advent calendar and make a DIY Activity Advent Calendar

Make a Snowflake Collage

Make a Frozen Wreath

Winter Craft Collage Invitation

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Even Toddlers Can Sew | a Sewing Project for Beginners

Sewing With Toddlers Made Easy

This is a great sewing project for beginners! (not just toddlers)

Sewing with a toddler doesn’t have to be complicated. Today I’m going to share a simple way to sew with a toddler that you can try with materials that you may already have around the house.

There are two things about this project that make it an excellent place to start with a beginner:

  1. The needle is large and easy for small hands to hold
  2. The weave of the mesh has large holes that make it simple sewing in and out of.
  3. I know, I said two things. This is a bonus: It teaches resourcefulness by recycling used materials and it’s also low-cost!

Like most parents, I’m keenly aware of my child’s strengths (and weaknesses, but we’re not going there today!), and my little one happens to be one of those people who is comfortable with fine motor activities. If you’re looking for activities that help with fine motor skills, try glue dots and buttons or make a colander sculpture.

I thought it was high time to give her a little sewing project since she seems ready for it.

This easy sewing activity came together quickly using materials that we found around the house. I’m not sure where I first got this idea from, so I’ve gathered a bunch of good resources for you and added them at the end of this post. It’s very likely that each of these fine blogs has played a role in this project, and I humbly add my version to the mix.

Here’s what we used to make it happen…

Sewing with a Mesh Bag and Cardboard

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  • Large Eye Plastic or Embroidery Needle. This needle with a blunt tip is amazing for beginner sewers.
  • Embroidery Thread (Floss). This gigantic set of 100 colors of thread is an awesome deal at $11.00.
  • Cardboard Box (recycled from a package)
  • Mesh from a bag of sweet potatoes
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife. If you don’t already have one, this tool comes in handy for all sorts of craft projects.

I cut the cardboard box using scissors and an Exacto knife.

If you don’t have an Exacto, you could use sturdy scissors.

The piece of mesh is about 1.5 inches larger in width and length than the piece of cardboard, and we pulled it taught and stapled it down.

We had lots of colors to choose from.

I gave a brief demonstration on how to pull stitches through the fabric and then held the frame while my daughter practiced her first stitches. The mesh was super for this on multiple levels: it’s strong and could withstand a lot of tugging, and it’s “transparent” which allowed N to really see what she was doing.

Sewing Project for Beginners

A little practice and then she was on her own. She picked up on it pretty quickly, although she wasn’t the least bit interested in following any dusty old sewing rules, and happily wrapped her stitches around the frame.

 

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More Art Projects for Toddlers

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For more toddler art projects, you may enjoy the easy-to-set-up activities that use mainly everyday materials in 12 Simple Art Projects for Toddlers.