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Kids Get Crafty – Knusper Knusper Knäuschen (or Gingerbread Thank You Cards)

| December 22, 2010 | 13 Comments

This post was born out of the genrosity and loveliness of one our very good friends Maren. Maren is one of our “German” mum friends and she has two little girls roughly in Red Ted’s and Pip Squeak’s age. She invited us all around to celebrate advent and to make some fabulous gingerbread houses.  So gingerbread houses we made (or Knusperhäuschen in German). I don’t know who was more excited – Red Ted, Pip Squeak or me, but we all loved it. And we were SO pleased with our sugar sweet creation, that Red Ted and I decided to make some gingerbread house thank you cards. Don’t get too excited, they are not edible!!!

Gingerbread House Cards 2

The Knusperhäuschen

Fristly, let us show you our creation. You can actually buy “shop bought” gingerbread all ready to be stuck together in a little house. This is perfect if you are doing this sort of activity in a big group. On a certain level it is more fun, as it lets you fully concentrate on the important task of sticking on lots of sweets.

Here is a picture on the box:

Here is what we made:

Isn’t this just too marvellously decadent? Maren had bought EXTRA sweets. “Extra” being an understatement.

This reminded me of one of my childhood books (I am sorry, it is in German, but you can enjoy the pictures I scanned):

The Book

Mecki im Schlaraffenland Mecki im Schlaraffenland, by Eduard Rhein and Reinhold Escher. Mecki is a hedgehog that goes on grand worldwide adventures. This particular adventure is about his  visit to “Schlaraffenland”  (The Land of Milk and Honey) with his 7 hamster friends. It is a marvellously decadent place (see why I had to bring this book today?). There, everything is made out of sweets and delicious food – even to “get there” you have to eat yourself through a mountain of porridge. Once there, you have to sleep for four whole days and nights in order to be accepted – laziness is key to success. The king is the laziest of all. We hear of Mecki’s adventures in Schlaraffenland, which every so often are upset by his naughty friend Charley the Penguin (who snug onto the trip in the first place).

Enough of the story. What I remember, as a child, was spending hours looking at the pictures and making up my own story to go with it. I couldn’t wait to read this to Red Ted and now finally I can. I hope this forms part of his childhood memories and sparks off his imagination.

Just take a look at this fabulous train:

Mmmh, I want the strawberry and then maybe a piece of ham hanging off the tree:

And look… when it rains, it rains sweets!

Whilst decorating we did a little bit of singing, including Hänsel & Gretel, who of course stumble on a house this wonderful. Though the story is more sinister. The song:

So. To our thank you craft:

The Craft

Very simple: “Gingerbread House” cards. I would do all the cutting and Red Ted all the sticking!

Materials: Card stock, brown paper (I used some old packing paper), white paper & a red felt tip pen, some funky foam for the “smarties” (you can use coloured paper though), some corrugated card for the heart (again you can use coloured paper), blue paper for clouds (optional of course), scissors, glue, hole punch (optional).

  • Icing: I made the white “icing border” with a hole punch – punching lots of holes in a row and then cutting it out in a wiggly line.
  • Candy cane: windows, door and cane – I drew diagonal read stripes and then cut out what I needed
  • Smarties: circles cut from foam
  • Heart: corrugated heart
  • Clouds

Red Ted “got” straight away that we were going to make a Gingerbread House. I think the Candy Cane gave it away. I showed him roughly were things “should go” but let him stick it down himself.

making gingerbread house cards

He decided the smarties should go in the windows and door, but later took the ones on the door off and placed them around the house. As with the “edible” Gingerbread House, we were tempted to cut out more and more things and your imagination is the limit. But there is a part of me that says “less is more”.

Here is the “plain” house.

Gingerbread House card

Here is the “finished” house.

Gingerbread House Cards 2

One card went straight into the post for Maren and the girls and the other… was SUPPOSED to go to Granny or Opapa, but no, Red Ted insisted once again, to, ahem, post it to himself. So we did.

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  1. Adele says:

    We are making our one today. We do one every Christmas. X

  2. fabmums says:

    The gingerbread house you made looks amazing. I much prefer it to the one on the packet and the cards are so cute!

  3. Oh bugger…the gingerbread house! We haven’t done it yet! Yours looks fabulous!

  4. Those are just so AWESOME!What a fab way to still have a gingerbread house if you’re dealing with dietary restrictions too. Love it – going straight in the ‘to do with Kyra’ folder!

  5. Emma Burford says:

    I have to say when I saw this post on my phone yesterday I knew I must find time to comment…

    This has taken me back over 36 years.. when I was a little girl and I asked my Mummy if I could have a Hansel & Gretel birthday cake.

    I must have been about 6 years old or so in the early 70’s and to my delight my birthday came and my parents my Dad was particularly crafty had created one for me out of swiss rolls, chocolate fingers, icing and hundred of dolly mixtures.

    ahhh thanks Maggy and Maren for the lovely memory you have evoked with this post!

  6. Oh very cute!! Love it!
    Thanks for linking up to Craftify It Thursday!


  7. Suzy Myers says:

    Thanks so much for the invitation to link!!


  8. Charlene says:

    What a cute and clever idea…Love it. We made gingerbread men last year with a cut out and candies, but never tried the houses. One year…

  9. Natalie says:

    Very cute craft! Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  10. Jackie says:

    Cute! I love that he likes to send them to himself. Smart kid~ he gets his artwork back!!

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