Have you checked out the #MerryBlogmas link parties yet? There’s some awesome creativity happening over there! To celebrate Blogmas in my own way, and continue with my Holiday Hootenanny, I’ve decided to post once a day leading up to Christmas! This week’s party is all about decor so get ready for some awesome Christmas decor posts headed your way!
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Last year was my first Christmas in my new home and I worked on transitioning my decorations to match the color scheme. My old Christmas colors were a traditional red, white, and silver, but my new colors are, what I like to refer as, “Candy Coated”. Think the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker; lots of pastels.
I love gingerbread houses as part of anyone’s Christmas decor, but I hate how they’re only good for one season. Sure, you could purchase a faux gingerbread house for a couple hundred dollars, but why not DIY it? I wanted one to match my Christmas theme and colors, so that’s exactly what I did!
- one piece of 24″ x 36″ foam core
- x-acto knife
- gingerbread house template
- brown spray paint, flat finish
- hot glue gun & glue sticks
- paper straws
- white puffy paint
- round beads, various pastel colors
- small, faux candy
- a piece of white foam
1. I first created a template for the house itself. I can be downloaded for free here.
2. I cut out the template pieces, traced them on a piece of foam core, and cut them out with an x-acto knife. I’ve found the best way to cut foam core is to score it 3 times. Once all of the pieces were cut, I spray painted them brown. Let dry.
3. Time to put the house together! I used hot glue to attach the front, back, sides and roof together with paper straws. Let dry.
4. Now it’s time to decorate! I went to a couple different craft stores to grab various items that I liked.
5. I started with the roof. I used the white puffy paint as frosting and created “shingles”. Let dry. I then took round beads in pastel colors and applied them to the edges, alternating colors.
6. I then worked on the front since it would have the most decoration. I first used the puffy paint to create some “architectural” features of lines and dots. I also drew a door and 2 windows on either side. I glued some faux mini donuts and candy canes to the top as well. To finish, I did a couple doodles to fill in the empty space.
7. Next came the sides. I didn’t want a ton of fanciness there, so I just did a simple, square window with some swirls for the shutters.
8. For the back, I recreated the “architecture” that was in the front as well as the candy and doodles, but only in puffy paint. I added a window as well.
8. I planned on displaying it on my great grandmother’s cake stand, but I didn’t want it directly on it. I cut out a circle of white foam to place on top.
I’m absolutely crazy about this! I love that this is completely customized to my decor theme and colors! Now I’m craving gingerbread… ;)
Be sure to stop by the #MerryBlogmas decor link party and link up your most festive posts!