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Storybook Display: Gingerbread House
About this creation
For over a year now, I've had the idea to fill my school's dispay case with scenes from story books kids know - from classic fairy tales to modern stories, all brought together under a unifying theme.

As I moved closer to beginning this project, my wife got me started watching ABC's "Once Upon a Time." It's a television drama that takes fairy tale characters and puts them in the modern world. They forget their true orgins and believe they belong on Earth - until Snow White's child arrives, not knowing she is destined to save them.

Taking inspiration from the show, I decided that all my story book characters would be invading the real world. I am working out the details of the story, but at the moment, it involves Merlin and King Arthur working to undo the effects of magic in the real world, but they need the help of the viewers (in my case, children looking at the diplay) to identify all the characters from the stories, so they can send them back to their world.

My first scene to be completed was Hansel and Gretel's Gingerbread House.







The lollipops are so realistic, I had to fish them out of my 18 month old daughter's mouth a few times. Even my 4 year old son kept trying to put them in his mouth.














As a bonus, you get a sneak peek at Jack's Beanstalk.








What could be up there?




A giant shoe, of course! The sock reminds me of something Spongebob might wear - I hope to make some kind of pant leg to cover most of it, at some point.




I have two displays ready, with many more to come. The final project is due to be finished in January. Hopefully I can get my brother involved, and make it a collaborative project.

Here are some more stories and characters I hope to include:

Peter Pan
Rumplestiltskin
Little Red Riding Hood
Robin Hood
King Arthur & Merlin
Snow White
Alice

I don't have definite plans for these next two, but I may include a reference to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

I am open to suggestions - I have ideas and a drawing, but I'd be happy to hear some more great stories.

Happy October!



Comments

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  December 22, 2013
The Gingerbread House and Jack's Beanstalk are both wonderful creations. A lot of great details to like. Children's stories provide terrific ideas for Lego builds.
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  October 26, 2013
You got me started on the once upon a time last year, because of this build. I love it, though I think the actors are getting out of the groove of things a bit. :/ Great work on this, the giant leaves are so realistic, and those lollipops look like you stole them from a store. ;)
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  October 8, 2013
That is so cool, I don't think that I've ever seen a house like that ever that is so cool totally awesome.
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  October 10, 2012
Good old stories. You has great idea for built it :D
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  October 10, 2012
Great idea! When I saw the opening pic, I thought it was spot on for a gingerbread house with thick icing.
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  October 10, 2012
Fantastic!
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  October 10, 2012
That is super fanciful. I would rather have this than a gingerbread house; it is would never get stale and gross.
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  October 10, 2012
Mmm, those lollipops do look delectable! The kiddies are in for a real treat with this project (no ten inpunded), especially with a talented builder like yourself bringing it to fruition. The list of future subjects has me eager to see the finished layout!~H
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  October 9, 2012
Ahhh, two wonderful classics! Fantastic work. Thanks for sharing these with us Mr. Pitter!
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  October 9, 2012
2 for the price of 1 I like it and I like both of them! Have you seen my storybook characters? There's a sneak peek on what's to come if I get the remaining parts by Friday!
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  October 9, 2012
Sweet! Hey... I'm lovin' those lollis(as Leda would say)lining the lane! Beauty of a beanstalk too! :)
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  October 9, 2012
wow, excellent! great lollipops!
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  October 9, 2012
Can't wait for Robin Hood!!
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  October 9, 2012
Fantastic work! I especially like the tree and lollipops, and the sneak peek is awesome too. This is a brilliant idea for a series, and I'm sure the kids will love it. Can't wait to see more updates!
 
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