i made one entirely on a whim it was very easy and my ds3 loved it - there is a load of advice on the internet but i just did mine rough and it looked fab!!.
Boots sold a kit last yeat for £15 but it was easy enough to make your own-i think the only error i made was not realising the roof panel had to be twice as long as the side panel.....so i patched ours up with those german xmas biscuits.
I used a ready mixed icing pen and melted chocolate to stick it together but coctail sticks are handy to 'hold'it together while it sets.
We are making a haunted one for halloween with a hole cut out of the cake board under so i can put a tea light inside so it glows up..........
lucysmam you know they're not really meant for eating though, don't you? (you mentioned having one as a replacement for a Christmas cake) They're really purely for decoration (other than the sweeties of course) as the actual gingerbread is rock hard & stale.
the train was such fun - made total mess (kids) making gingerbread - and i had no idea of quantities to make!! We made cardboard templates and round biscuit cutters, then glued it all togehter with glace icing.
It was DS's idea to put in the train driver! and the coal is choc covered raisins
I brought a really good kit from Tesco last year, the gingerbread bits were all ready made but in peices and i had to ice them together and decorate it, it wasn't at all hard but looked fantastic and the kids were able to join in!
geekgirl. It was just something to give them as a token iyswim rather than a cake which would be wasted since neither eats it. At least with something like this it will look nice & is just meant to be looked at so not going to waste (I hope that made sense to someone )
If lots fof places get kits in & they're failry inepensive (which by the sounds of it they are) I may well go hunting for one a bit closer to the time. Although may still make one just to experiment & see how it turns out (just for fun) & then eat the sweets off it that night <scribbles note in diary on oh's footy nights>