Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gingerbread Village

I was at Target yesterday, in the dollar section, and I found this....

Its one of those photo cubes that Im sure you have seen before.  I wanted to make something cute with it but wasnt quite sure what to do.  The dollar section didnt offer much inspiration so I headed to Michaels to see what I could come up with. 

And here it is.......

I want to live here....or at least visit for a while.

I simply opened the frame and cut a piece of the inside wrapper, since it was already the perfect size to fit in the frame, and hot glued some stickers and embellishments to the paper.  I just put a glob of glue down where I wanted the stickers and held them upright until they stayed. 

The gingerbread people, house and gumdrops were part of a foam sticker set that I got at Michaels for $1.49.  The tree and bushes were a holiday pick that was .49.  And the present came out of a pack of 10 for $1.49.   Im not sure if you can tell from the picture but I also used regular school glue on the rest of the ground and sprinkled epsom salt to look like snow.  Then I carefully put the frame back together. 

I just love the way this turned out.  My 2 year old daughter stares at it and tells me what she thinks they are saying and Im feeling kinda proud because Im pretty sure I just created a warm and magical Christmas memory for her, and for myself, for less than $5. 

Then she looks at me and says, "Lets eat 'em!"

Ah, yes...warm and magical.


  1. this is so cute! I picked up one of those cubes the last trip to Target but put it back. Dang..I hope they still have some!!

  2. I LOVE this! I decorate in a gingerbread theme and I have to run out tomorrow and get the stuff to make one (or ten, lol) of these!

  3. What a fun little idea!

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  4. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for the blog visit and kind comment :)

  5. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello! I am loving your blog, I saw it before, but now I am hooked! I would like to invite you to my $50 American Express giveaway and a linky party I have, all going on this week! Happy Holidays! Keep up the great blogging!
    -Dana Jean

  6. Tammi-

    I love how you take the simplest things and make them your own...I never would have thought to do this with a clear photo does make a good diorama!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice...

    Hope to see more of your projects in the upcoming weeks!

  7. Super cute. Love this & would love for you to link it to my Handmade Holiday & Craftastic parties:)

  8. I love love love this! I always check target's dollar section and I haven't seen this. Maybe I need to go back!