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Holiday Uses for Gingerbread

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Look at the amazing different uses for gingerbread! It's just not for Christmas anymore! I have tried all of these constructions, and they are definitely worth the effort.

This page was last updated on September 5, 2008.

I must give thanks and credit to the book that introduced me to these wonderful creations: The Gingerbread Book, Ed. Allen D. Bragdon, New York: Arco Publishing, 1984, ISBN #0-916410-08-0. This is a terrific book with excellent ideas, suggestions, photos, and recipes. It is, however, for the more advanced decorator. The book includes patterns for the projects, but the patterns are not to scale. It will require a great amount of enlargement photocoping to restore the patterns to the workable dimensions. I strongly recommend all beginners to start with Wilton's Celebrate! Christmas with Wilton before they venture into this book. The Gingerbread Book is worthy of your cookbook library; it is just not the first book to buy.

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This is a picture of a heart shaped 				gingerbread box with lid, filled with gingerbread cookies. This is a very simple project, and easily achievable. It can be dressed down or dressed up, depending upon your decorating skills. Just imagine this gingerbread treasure box filled with Almond Rocha sitting on your coffee table, Yummmmy.

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This is a picture of a highly decorated 				gingerbread egg. Here is another sweetheart project, but don't let its looks deceive you. This is a hard egg to bake. I had problems with this project; however, once the egg is baked, it is sensational. I made a panorama egg out of this pattern; I cut a hole at one end and positioned an Easter scene inside. So that the light could get inside, I cut a hole on top and placed a hard candy window.

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This is a picture of a haunted 					gingerbread house. If you haven't tried a gingerbread haunted house, why not! It is so much fun. You work in white, yellow, orange, brown, and black. It is a real change of pace.
This photo comes directly from the The Gingerbread Book. I used it as the prototype for the house I made.

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This is a picture of a haunted 					gingerbread house. When I made my house, I mistakenly assembled the house and did not promptly ice it. (I was going to do it later.) In the meantime, the carpet cleaners came. My home had too much humidity, and my gingerbread house acted like a sponge and soaked it all in.
You can guess the rest. The roof collapsed, leaving a huge hole; but, the disaster worked out great. Now the house looked abandoned and haunted. I had bats and a witch flying out of the hole. (When you get lemons, make lemonade.)

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This is a picture of a 						beautiful fan-tailed gingerbread Tom turkey. Spend some time looking at the detail on this turkey. This beautiful photo speaks for itself.
The only variation I made was to subsititute the square body for an egg shaped body. In the egg body, I cut a slit in one end for the head/neck assembly, and a flat end on the other side for the tail.

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This is a picture of Wilton's Village Chapel. ( 2001 Wilton Industries, Inc.) This chapel is included by a special request from Robbin & Royah of Lincoln, California.
You will need its assembly instructions and its pattern to complete the project.


Wilton's Logo, ( 2001 Wilton Industries, Inc.)
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( 2001 Wilton Industries, Inc.)


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This is a picture of a 						Victorian style gingerbread house. I tried my hand at constructing this Victorian style house. I made it back in 1983. It was requested for a 50th anniversary celebration. It seems the couple eloped, and their children wanted to commemorate their wedding night in a big way. It's true, he did put a ladder against her parents' two story house, and she scampered down to him.

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This is a picture of a 						Victorian style gingerbread house. This is another view of the same house. As you can see, there is no candy, just piped icing decoration. I used small dolls for the couple.

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This is a picture of a gingerbread 				brothel. This is a gingerbread brothel. I made this house for a batchelor party. There is a gingerbread madam seated outside in front of the door, and the gingerbread "Lady of the Night" is hanging out the window encouraging her next patron.

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