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Valentine’s Day gingerbread house (Ikea Pepparkaka Hus)

Last year it was all about the felt, this year it’s all about the edible gingerbread house! I had an Ikea Pepparkaka Hus which I had bought to make over Christmas and never got round to building so it seemed like a good time to make it and decorate it for Valentine’s Day.

ikea pepparkaka hus

ikea pepparkaka hus

The kit contains ready baked and stamped house pieces – front and back, two sides, two roof pieces, four small pieces to make a chimney and printed instructions. It doesn’t contain any icing or sweets to decorate but the instructions helpfully contain a recipe for icing. The instructions are pictorial (just like the furniture), and the little man is even dressed up for Christmas – nice touch Ikea!

The house was easy to assemble although the gingerbread pieces surprisingly thin which meant they easily broke but could be fixed with some icing. We decorated with some ready made icing pens and followed the pattern already stamped on the pieces, and added some left over Christmas candy canes and love hearts.

ikea gingerbread house

The kit was amazing value and a great quick  craft fix. The pieces smell really good too, it’s like having an unusual air freshener in the room. I’m thinking of trying to make gingerbread and butter pudding with the house when it’s time to dismantle it – if the pieces survive long enough!


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    Galina V
    February 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    What a beautiful little house!

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    February 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Very cute! I’ve been wanting to make one myself for years
    I haven’t plucked up the courage yet. 🙂

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    Emily (@amummytoo)
    February 15, 2012 at 12:33 am

    That looks great! Gingerbread and butter pudding? That’s a recipe I would definitely like to see – sounds yum!

    (I’m visiting today from the Love All Blogs showcase)

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    March 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Hey hi!

    I came across your post searching for the frosting recipe to keep the IKEA house together. I just wanted to ask you how long does it take for the frosting to dry after I glue the pieces together? I will be building it for a surprise party in a probably very limited time, just want to make sure (:

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      March 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Hi there, it only took a couple of hours to set but we left it overnight just to be sure! Hope that helps.

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