DIY Gingerbread House Bubble Bars Recipe. Homemade Gift Idea for Christmas

 
Gingerbread house bubble bars are by far my most favorite, but they cost close to $7 each AND they're only sold online:-( That's why I made a few of them myself for MUCH cheaper plus TWICE bigger! So, here's how you can make a great Christmas gift for your friends or for yourself to warm yourself up on those chilly winter nights:

You'll need the same ingredients that I used for the "classic" bubble bar recipe in my previous homemade bubble bar post with a few additions.

Here's what I used:

  • 1/3 Cup Corn Starch 
  • 1/3 Cup Cream of Tartar 
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup SLSA (Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate)
  • 1/3 Cup - 1/2 cup Glycerin
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  •  3 tablespoons Ground Ginger/ Ginger Powder (warms you up after a long cold winter day)
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice (gives some sharpness to the scent)
  • 10 drops or less Food Coloring - for orange color use combination of red and yellow. Plus ginger powder adds some brownish color as well.
  • Sugar sprinkles
  • Cinnamon sticks (I got a pack of 10 long sticks at a dollar store - quality is good enough for a non-edible project) 
  • 1 Medical Mask
  • 2 Gloves
  • 1 Large Bowl

 Instructions:
Don't forget to use mask and gloves, cause you don't wanna inhale all the dust from dry ingredients or have them dry out your hands (and they will, I learned it the hard way;-)
 
Combine all the dry ingredients together, and then add glycerin and olive oil. Once you have it mixed very well, you should have a dough-like consistency. Add some more glycerin, if necessary. Then divide it into two parts. Add ginger powder and food coloring to one, and lemon juice - to the other. The colored part will be the base of the house, and the white one will be the roof. Use cinnamon sticks as chimneys, and put some sprinkles on top. 
P.S. Ironically, once I was done with the project I went to check my mail, and found this newspaper in the mailbox. What a coincidence! 


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107 comments:

  1. OH!! These look amazing! Fantastic job! The Lush store in Philly has been closed due to relocation (just down the street from the old one) and I am getting so impatient. I need my lush!! :)

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    1. Ha-ha, then you definitely need to home-make your favorite Lush products. Btw, it looks like they'll have gingerbread house bubble bars online only anyway:-(

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  2. Машенька, какая получилась красота, мне даже внешне больше твой домик понравился, чем от Lush! Спасибо за рецепт,может тоже решусь на досуге!

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    1. Spasibo ogromnoe, Tanechka! Obyazatel'no poprobuy, klassniy podarok na Noviy God bydet - sebe ili dryzyam;-)

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  3. what a great idea! Id have never thought to try and make something like this myself but you have made it look really simple, I need to try this <3 great post maria, thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thank u so much, Stacey! It was in fact really simple, and u zhould defintely try it, it can make an amazing Christmas gift for u or for your friends;-)

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  4. Hah, those look great. The chimneys are really a nice touch. Anything that's yummy and saves money is a win :D I always wonder though if these are time consuming to do. Maybe they're quicker and more fun to make with a partner :0)

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    1. Oh, thank you so much. they aren't very time-consuming. I love doing those on Sundays while listening to favorite tech news podcasts, so it's quite a productive activity for me;-)

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  8. How cute!! What a great little Sunday Funday project. :)

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    1. ha-ha, thank you so much, Deborah;-) I think we should rename Sunday, cuz it doesn't have to be sunny, but it MUST be fun, right?;-) Great idea!

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  9. I must check out the LUSH site for their Christmas collection. I got excited when you mentioned that. I have a new love for LUSH ever since I first visited the store last month. Even more exciting is that you came up with an AMAZING homemade dupe, which only costs $1. That's a excellent deal. The bars you made are very adorable. I'm pretty sure you had fun making them too. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jannie. Their Christmas collection is super adorable and tempting;-) I'm really glad you liked my DIY version, I most definitely had fun doing them! And will have even more fun using and gifting those bars!

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  10. Вау! Вот это супер затея!! Вышло нереально круто и намного лучше оригинала, ты умочка!:*

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    1. Spasibo, Lenochka. Ya staralas' ne ypast' v gryaz' lizom;-)

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  11. Машунь, твой домик ничуть не уступает оригиналу. Отличная идея для милого дружеского подарка на Рождество))

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    1. Spasibo bol'shoe, Mashen'ka! Mne ochen' prayatno. Pravda inogda chyvstvuyu, chto oni ne dojivyt do Rojdestva;-)))

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  12. Those look good enough to eat!! I love them!

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    1. Ha-ha, my Andrey was about to eat them multiple times;-)

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