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December Creative Play Day 3: Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz

Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz
The Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for December is “Give Yourself a Gift.” You give to everyone else during the holidays and all year long. Time to give yourself a treat! Make something, go somewhere, do something that’s just for you and photograph it! Then share it with us – post it on the Cool2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive. Anything goes! I’m going to run with this theme and craft every day in December. I’ll be posting tutorials and videos as well as making some kits available at the Marketplace. Join me on Cool2Craft for 31 days of blissful, healing, creative play and give yourself the gift of play, too! [Candace J.]

For today’s project, I thought I would share a tiny take on the classic gingerbread house.

Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 1 1.  Gather the following ingredients:

Rectangle cookies of any variety.  I chose the wafers because they cut very nicely.

Wilton Cookie Icing and/or Cake Mate Writing Icing

A sharp knife

Candy sprinkles, stars and whatever else you like

Tootsie Roll Fruit Flavor Midgies and Frooties (Stick these in your pocket to warm them up, it makes them much easier to work with)

Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 2 2.       Lay out your cookies.  The side walls will sit horizontally, while the front and back will stand vertically.  Lay your wall on both sides of the front and cut the top of the front into a point, starting at the level of the walls.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 3 3.       Cut the walls as short as you want.  Mine are about square.  If they’re too long they will look funny.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 4 4.       Using a small amount of icing (ALWAYS SMALL AMOUNTS, OR IT WILL BE TOO WET TO WORK) stick the end of one wall to the outer edge of the back of the front piece.  Look at the photo, it will make sense.  Repeat for the other wall and back of the house.  You may need to hold it for a moment.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 5a 5.       I used whole cookies for the roof pieces and carefully beveled the edges at the peak to give them a tight fit.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 5b Hold it for a moment so they don’t slide off.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 6 6.       I used two whole cookies for the base.  You can use as many as you like.  Building a yard can be is extra fun!  Grab a plate or whatever surface you house will sit on and lay the base cookies on, sticking them together with what?  A SMALL AMOUNT OF ICING.  I also cut two identical pieces to form a chimney.  You may have to play with the angle to get it just right.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 7 7.       Cover the top of your base with icing and carefully set your house on it.
This is where I walk away for a half hour or so.  You’ll need for the house to be able to hold together when you pick it up to decorate.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 8 8.       Get your Tootsie Rolls out of your pockets and make some design decisions!  Here I have pieces of vanilla and fruit punch to make candy canes; vanilla, vanilla to make snowmen, blueberry/cranberry to make hats and eyes, tiny bits of orange for carrot noses and fruit punch to make scarves and bands for the hats; lime for the trees.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 9a 9.       Start you candy cane roll by twisting the red and white together.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 9b They won’t want to stick to each other so gently persuade them by rolling and twisting and rolling and twist…You get the idea.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 10 10.   Stick the chimney to the roof and drizzle icing all over the roof.  Quickly shake sprinkles on the icing. (10)
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 11 11.   Lay your house on it’s back to add decorations to the front of the house.  Let them set for a few minutes. (11)
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 12 12.   This photo shows how the snowman and his hat go together.
Holiday Cookie House by Candace Jedrowicz - 12b And here they are assembled.
13.   The trees got a few spots of icing, some sprinkles and stars on top.  And there you have it!  Cookie house example)  You built your own house and now you get to eat it!  You should put on some coffee.

Comments

  1. Janet Licari says:

    A very cute idea. I love how you warm your ingredients in your pockets :)
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