So, after thinking about it, it’s not exactly easy to make a tutorial over a gingerbread house to begin with. I mean, you can walk someone through on how to make the things like the gingerbread, or the candies, but when it comes to decorating, that’s all about how they like it.Soooooo, with that in mind, I made a template, and will be posting just some tips on how I pulled mine together. Take from that, and you can make yours anyway you wish.
What you will need:
1. Clay in some variation of brown.
2. Chalk Pastels in varying colors of brown
3. Soft bristle paint brush
5. Tooth brush, bottle brush, or something else with stiff bristles to texture with
6. Needle tool (not pictured)
7. Clay ‘candies’ you made, or any type of polymer clay cane you think is interesting (not pictured)
8. Polymer clay ‘icing’ (there is a tutorial for this on my blog)
9. Template (click the link to download)
It’s a good idea to bake your pieces first, this will make them easier to work with.
This is what maine looked like after texture, dusting, and baking them.
Make sure your icing is THICK. You don’t want it runny as it won’t hold your pieces together during the baking process well, and when you decorate later, it won’t keep it’s shape. Don’t make it so thick that you can’t spread it though. You gauge on what you think you can work with here.
Decorate your pieces as much as you can and bake BEFORE putting them together.
Tip #4: Put the pieces on your base but leave one wall off. This mean you should have three walls on, then bake. After that, you can add the final wall and re-bake. This will end up saving you a LOT of trouble. Trust me…
Tips #5: When you add the final wall, bake with that wall facing UP.
Tip #6: Put your roof on ONE piece at a time. Bake between each piece.
Tip #7: Notice how mine has crack where the pieces didn’t seem to connect 100%? Don’t fret of them! Use your ‘icing’ to fill in these gaps and add a bit of decoration.
Tip #8: You can leave it as it is, or you can do what I did and add it to a base. I wanted mine to look like it was sitting in snow, so I grabbed a piece of my super soft white clay (Scupley brand called Pluffy if that helps) and stuck the house right on top of it.
And there you have it. My tips for making your own polymer clay gingerbread house. If you make one yourself, be sure to link me any pictures, because I would LOOOOOOVE to see how it turns out. My husband drilled an eye pin into mine for me because he thought it would make a super cute ornament.
***Get the Template HERE!!!***