DIY Gingerbread Copenhagen

This year I decided to make a cityscape candle holder. I chose Copenhagen, a city that is close to my heart, and made buildings inspired by those there. I drew them freehand on the gingerbread dough, mainly from memory, so I’m probably the only one who recognizes Marmorkirken and Magasin! But it was a superfun build, and it adds so much cozyness to our December.

This also functions as an advent candle holder where we light one candle each Sunday, but I wanted to show you how it looks like with all four candles lit. I made little windows with sugar glass and it looks especially lovely when the candles have burned down low and you can see through the windows.

 

 

 

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Is our national holiday a gingerbread day?

Dec 6th is a common gingerbread baking day here in Finland. For me personally our Independence Day has been a day without that many traditions. That all changed a couple of years ago when we decided to make that day our Gingerbread House Making Day along with the family of my bestie. Since then we spend that day having so much fun together, and both kids and adults produce the most amazing creations.

These are from a few years back. Last year my eyes ached too much so I couldn’t take pictures, and least of all edit them, but it was superfun all the same! I like documenting things here on the blog, but simply putting phone pictures onto IG stories has its own charm. It sort of fits with the gingerbread theme of beauty in the moment.

Happy 2nd Advent everyone, and here’s to celebrating Finland tomorrow, with candles and gingerbread and whatever you choose!

 

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Gingerbread season

Gingerbread season is upon us, and the house is filled with the scent of ginger, cloves and cinnamon! These days I don’t even need to make the dough myself – my kids are volunteering, and bake cookies almost every day, and we love it!

I made my first gingerbread house when I was 13 years old, and there hasn’t been a year since that I haven’t made at least one. But this year might be an exception – I’ve only made a candle stick so far, which technically is made up of houses, but 2D not 3D houses. Similar to these ones on the picture above, only with less color. Those in the picture are perfect to make if you don’t want to create a whole house! Just cut out a house, ”paint” it with icing the way you want and ”glue” it on a gingerbread cookie.

I love all things gingerbread! although I leave the eating to the rest of the family 🙂 we have so many cookie cutters that I can’t keep track of them, but still I find myself making cookies like the ones in the picture above – made with a simple template, and simply decorated to look like wintery mittens.

There’s something magical about gingerbread, and the sense that this is something to be enjoyed in the here and now. It is of the moment, for the moment, and for making magical memories!

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The Fairy House of 2019

This has to be one of my favorite gingerbread houses! I made it two years ago, and I loved every minute of it!

I usually start planning my houses already the previous Christmas, but then when November hits I get a spur of the moment idea, and I do that instead. This was much easier and more fun to make than what I had previously planned.

I did a blog post about how I constructed this house, and I do think I have the templates for the house somewhere on my computer, but because of my eye issues I don’t use my computer visually that much – it takes a large toll on my health to even write this blog post. But if anyone wants the templates, write a comment and I’ll find them for you!

Truth is, it’s not that difficult to make if you know how to construct a simple house.

And when you know the basics, you can construct almost anything!

I love gingerbread houses, they’re one of my favorite hobbies, and I love them in all shapes and sizes – elaborate ones, simple ones, fancy exact ones, or sloppy childlike ones, like mine mostly are.

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Allt om Pepparkakshus – a page for us who adore gingerbread houses (in Swedish)

Immediately when Halloween is over, my fingers start itching for baking gingerbread cookies and houses. A few years back I realized I wanted to chat with people around this particular interest, so I set up a Facebook group – Allt om Pepparkakshus. And I love it! We’re not a big group, but everyone who is in it loves gingerbread houses and looking at pictures of gingerbread houses and there is so much knowledge in that group, it is amazing! I love it that I’m just a plain member (even though technically I’m admin) – I get so much new information and tips, from people who know way more than me, and so much inspiration!

Today I’m starting off gingerbread season with some freehand houses (hopefully!) and some other gingerbread projects that I’ve been itching to do.

If you too love gingerbread houses and know how to write in Swedish, you’re very welcome to join our small community!

 

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The gingerbread house that was

one of the things I love most about gingerbread houses is that they are made for eating.

And one fine day when the feeling is just right, the house gets smashed and ruined!

Edible art at its best, and it wouldn’t be so delicious if it wasn’t for the fact that it has been standing there looking pretty and enticing.

A reminder of how fragile everything is – we just see the destruction of some things a little bit quicker.

And there is something beautiful also in ruins!

The gingerbread ruin – not made to be a ruin, but that’s how it turned out!

And I kind of like it. It makes room for us to make another house next Christmas. The little tomte has definitely moved out! But I have a suspicion he, and his friends, might move back into our house in ten months’ time or so!

 

 

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Älvhuset med mallar

Jag tror älvan och tomten som bägge bor här har det himla roligt! Det lyser på kvällarna och köket liksom känns som att det har en så härlig stämning nuförtiden!

Jag botaniserade i en godisaffär innan jag gjorde huset och hittade så härliga godisar som såg ut som blommor.

Såhär har jag löst problemet med en ljusslinga – jag skar en öppning i bakre gaveln och trädde ljusslingan igenom.

Fönstren glimmar härligt mysigt när det är mörkt!

Takpannorna kommer inte att bli särskilt spännande för mina ungar att äta, men dekorationerna på takåsen! Pärlemorfärgade lakritsbollar. Och geléhallon!

 

Känns vintrigt och juligt, också då när det regnar ner utomhus.

Här kommer mallarna om någon annan känner sig hågad att baka mitt pepparkakshus: (och om du gör det så skulle jag jättejättejättemycket uppskatta om du mailade mej eller skrev en kommentar här! Det är så himla roligt att få ta del av andras pepparkakshus tycker jag!)

 

P.S. På Facebook hänger vi som gillar pepparkakshus i gruppen Allt om Pepparkakshus – välkommen med du också!

 

 

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