The Gingerbread House Project

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Click play to hear "O Christmas Tree - V. Guaraldi Style" while you read this

Here’s my little story about a gift and a Christmas project.

(All the photos were taken by my partner Mr. B – and he made the project too as you’ll see.)

This December is the 2nd Anniversary that Mr. B’s folks have been living in an assisted living facility. The place is great – and we love the staff. They’re all quite nice and have been very helpful with the parents.

We wanted to do something nice for them, but don’t have a lot of money. There’s also the problem if you give something to one staffer, but not another…you get the idea.

So we thought of a few things over a couple days, but nothing was very…satisfactory.

Then at last, Mr. B had the great idea to make a caricature of the facility in gingerbread!

So here’s the project. First he took a picture of the place, then made a cardboard model:

Original Picture Cardboard Model

Then he made and rolled out the gingerbread, cut them into the model pieces and baked them. He trimmed them when they just came out of the oven so they would still be very close in size to the model pieces. The next trick is to assemble, which he did by dipping the edges into this hot sugar/glue concoction and then pressing the pieces together. [cont’d.]

The Gingerbread House Project

13
Click play to hear "O Christmas Tree - V. Guaraldi Style" while you read this

Here’s my little story about a gift and a Christmas project.

(All the photos were taken by my partner Mr. B – and he made the project too as you’ll see.)

This December is the 2nd Anniversary that Mr. B’s folks have been living in an assisted living facility. The place is great – and we love the staff. They’re all quite nice and have been very helpful with the parents.

We wanted to do something nice for them, but don’t have a lot of money. There’s also the problem if you give something to one staffer, but not another…you get the idea.

So we thought of a few things over a couple days, but nothing was very…satisfactory.

Then at last, Mr. B had the great idea to make a caricature of the facility in gingerbread!

So here’s the project. First he took a picture of the place, then made a cardboard model:

Original Picture Cardboard Model

Then he made and rolled out the gingerbread, cut them into the model pieces and baked them. He trimmed them when they just came out of the oven so they would still be very close in size to the model pieces. The next trick is to assemble, which he did by dipping the edges into this hot sugar/glue concoction and then pressing the pieces together.

Pieces Assembled

Next he made some landscaping too! (more…)