|Gingerbread House Gift Box by Steph Ackerman|
- Roller and Cutters set
- Clay Tool set
- Clay Cutters - Oval, Snowman, Angel, Candy Canes
- Push Molds - Christmas Nature, Christmas Decor
- Ultimate Clay Machine®
- Cutting Mat
Because I wanted a somewhat mottled look, I began by mixing white and brown clay together.
Roll out brown and white clay in the Ultimate Clay Machine® beginning on setting #1 and continue rolling increasing one setting at a time until the clay is as thin as you like it. Look at the fun effect I achieved with the clay.
Place the clay on the cutting mat, and following the ruled lines, use the clay cutter to create straight edges on the clay panel.
I had a chipboard house I planned to use as the base so I wrapped the clay around it and cut it to fit. Then I used Beacon Adhesives to adhere the clay around the box.
Using the clay tools, I cut left over clay pieces to fit the roof.
I combined all the left over clay bits together and rolled them through the clay machine on setting #1 and continue rolling increasing one setting at a time until the clay is the desired thickness.
I wanted some roof shingles so I used a scalloped Spellbinders border die. I placed the clay between two layers of wax paper and then die cut the damp clay. You can wait until the clay dries before die cutting, but, as you know, I don't like to wait. The wax paper stops the clay from getting stuck in the die.
I added a separate piece of brown clay to the chimney, then used the clay tools to create the bricks in the still damp clay. An angel was added to the chimney top.
A gingerbread house is full of lots of different candy pieces, so I used assorted clay cutters and different colors of clay to create elements I wanted to use. I die cut ovals from white clay to use for the door and cut them in half to use as the windows. I cut candy canes from red clay, then I used push molds to create the other elements I wanted for the house.
Finally, I wanted some gumdrops, flowers and candy strips so I used white clay with a Wilton silicone mold. I used clay tools to smooth the backs of each element before removing them from the mold.
The fun part is always decorating. So I added all the elements about the house using Beacon Adhesives. And who doesn't like to see a wreath over their front door this time of year?
Now for the surprise - fill it with candy and give it as a gift!
It's always fun making gingerbread houses for the holidays, but why not create one from Makin's Clay® this holiday season.
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