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This blog is all about things I have made. You can find intense embroidery, paper quilling mania, crazy gingerbread houses, masks, puppets, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Harry Potter inspired "The Burrows" Gingerbread house

 On this website that I frequent called www.craftster.org they host a yearly competition for Gingerbread houses and I thought I might partake in a little Gingerbread creation.  I have built a couple of gingerbread houses before, but nothing this elaborate.
I got the idea to do the Weasley's home from Harry Potter, after I watched the newest movie in the Harry Potter franchise.  I love the Weasley's home or what is formally known as "The Burrows" . It's a crazy d-i-y house that has different windows and different doors and it's a bit ramshackle and there is magic all mixed with "muggle" stuff and it feels to me like a house full of love.

I began by sketching this to the scale I was going to build it, then making a model out of foamcore and tape. Each piece I made I used as a template for a gingerbread piece. I think there were over 200 pieces when all was said and done. I made 4 double batches of two different recipes of gingerbread ( for a little colour difference but also because I ran out of some of the ingredients so I had to get creative!!!). It was hard freaking work, my arms were sore, and my hands actually got a little swollen from kneading the dough with my hands. (Craziness)  I knew that the weight of the top would be an issue and much like the original the weight of most of it rested on two posts, so I had to use something stronger than gingerbread - so some hardy cinnamon sticks worked wonders!

My favourite part of the whole thing was these little sweaters on a laundry line that I added.  I wanted to make something to reflect how much of an awesome D-I-Y-er Molly Weasley was by making all her kids monogrammed sweaters for Christmas.  So each one of them is a like a wee tiny Gingerbread cookie. I also made little brooms but they are harder to see. 

Over all this was a lot of fun, it took me about a week, and I just puttered away making it taller and taller crossing my fingers nothing would break. The crazy part is now I look at every building in the historic town of Stratford I live in and I think " How would I make that out of Gingerbread?".

I have also recently ( as in 2012 recently) done an instructable.com tutorial on how to build this in detail which you are welcome to peruse.

This has also been featured on a website called  Geek Crafts, trendhunter, Robot Libre, 
Randomization,  which is kind of awesome.