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I saw this cute felt gingerbread house in an online store several weeks ago, and thought I can do that (especially when I saw what they were asking for it). I usually make a gingerbread house with the kids each year but somehow--mysteriously--our gingerbread houses gets denuded until by the time the holidays are over every M&M has been voted off the island and all that is left is a pile of stale gingerbread and rock-hard frosting bits.
So here's a gingerbread house you can make that will stay fresh for years to come. It stores flat and the felt pieces can be arranged however you'd like. Lillian likes to play "Hansel and Gretel" with this one (check out the dreadlocks on Hansel).
I cut two sets of pieces for the house, first a set of four walls and two roof pieces out of stiff felt (the kind they sell in large sheets) and an identical set of four walls and two roof pieces out of the regular felt. I matched the pieces up so that they were double layered: one layer of stiff to help it stand up and one layer of soft to stick to the felt candy pieces. If you plan on gluing the pieces in place you may not need to use a second layer of soft felt.
I then sewed the double-layered walls together along their edges, right sides together, then turned the house right side out. I sewed the two double-layered roof pieces together but these I sewed wrong side to wrong side so that they'd lay in place better, the seem is covered by white felt pieces anyway.
All that's left is to cut out fun candy shapes to use for decorations--candy canes, gum drops, gingerbread, lemon drops. I also made a little skating pond out front with a couple clothespin dolls the same way I made the Native American clothespin dolls last month and made a little chimney for the roof--mostly because it helped to hold the snow in place but also for added cuteness.
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