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Unique Gingerbread House Idea: Extra Gum Shingles for the Roof

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Sam has been begging to create a gingerbread house for weeks. We’ve never made one before as he was too young and I couldn’t hold his attention for that long. Plus he was never that into crafts unless it had four wheels on it. But since he’s started school and matured a little {eek}, I’m loving that he’s been wanting to color and craft all the time. It’s been so special to be able to share that with him. This weekend, I finally gave in and bought a gingerbread house kit. We had some snow and it finally seemed fitting to do.

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Because I went the kit route instead of making my own gingerbread, I really didn’t want to use the decorations that were on the box. I’m sure that Sam would have been fine with it. But I like to try and be creative and a little unique, even if it is an out-of-the-box solution.I decided to do something a little different and incorporate sticks of Extra mint gum as roofing shingles. I got the inspiration looking out out our neighbor’s roof as he has cedar shingles on it and I love the look. I ended up loving the look of the Extra gum as well. Even Mike thought it was a bit of a wow.

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I cut all the pieces to be sized like shingles before Sam and I sat down to decorate the gingerbread house. At four, I’m still not 100% comfortable with him using scissors. And I knew he would never last for this time consuming task. When everything was ready, I applied the icing to the “gum shingle” and Sam stuck them to the roof. Now here’s a confession, I am still learning to let go when I do crafts with him. It’s been hard for me to adjust to enjoying the experience and not worrying if the end result isn’t a Pinterest-worthy masterpiece. While I tried to line things up here and there, I still wanted him to have fun. And boy did he! And so did I.

Unique Gingerbread House Using Extra Gum for Roof

What was perfect is that I didn’t have to look that far to get the Extra gum for the roof. I’m a firm believer that you can never have enough mint gum. Is that crazy? But as proved by my overflowing gum drawer, the packs of gum in my office, car, and purse — I just can’t get enough. Popping in a piece of fresh mint gum is much better than eating fattening chocolates, of which I have indulged in too much in the past few years.

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I’m always tossing sugar free gum into gifts as stocking stuffers and in packages for teachers, families, and friends, so it was really cool to craft with it {and Sam} this year! Such a great memory.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.