Yep I wanted to make a gingerbread house and not just a little one. I put it in my outdoor Christmas Candyland area with the gnomes.
Outdoor Gingerbread House...from a Doghouse!?!
Here's my inspiration for a Gingerbread House, lol. It was real fixer upper! The dog house was a little chewed up by it's last occupant but a few repairs to the roof and we were good to go!
I gathered up my brightest candy themed ornaments and tried to decide what would work best. It was going outdoors so bright and full of lights was best!
I used a hot glue gun and a stapler to attach the decorations and lights.
I liked the look of the sliced pool noodles and they were easy to glue gun to the roof line in front. Kinda looks like Fruit Loops lol.
Then I hot glued some peppermint candy garland I had from Dollar Tree around the top window. I filled in some of the spaces with a few M&M's I'd made using mini frisbees, and resin cookie ornaments.
Before filling in the bottom portion I needed a half door so my husband located some wood scraps and I stained it to match the doghouse then attached with a few screws.
I also had this gingerbread 5 cent sign that had hung in my kitchen and had hooks for measuring spoons. Looks better here and can hold gingerbread men cookies that I'd made from wood scraps! The little elf guy is one I got from Dollar Tree and I just glued him in place.
I zigzagged multicolored Christmas lights on the roof and stapled them in place with short strips of peppermint garland between. I put the excess lights inside along with the extra length of the extension cord.
I hot glued on some more M&Ms to the lower front part of the doghouse....oh, I mean GINGERBREAD HOUSE and it was looking good!
I did decide it needed lights in front too. You can decorate the sides if you want to as well. A Peppermint at the peak of the roof looks good too!
This cute little Gingerbread House is the perfect size for the gnomes in and they always have a nickel ready for good tasting gingerbread cookies!
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Flipturn on Dec 28, 2020
Delightful for children (of all ages!)
The garland trim reminds me of candy necklaces we used to have when we were kids.
These sweet retro candies came out in 1958. Candy Necklaces come on a stretchy, elastic string so you don't have to worry about them snapping as you stretch them to reach your mouth. The candy on Candy Necklaces are bright, pastel colours and come in a selection of fruity flavours.