Joanne SeeligJoanne Seelig is the current Family Programs Coordinator at the National Building Museum. An arts educator, administrator and performer she has worked in a variety of cultural organizations in Boston, MA, Berkeley, CA, and Washington, D.C. She received her Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education and her BA in Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis.
Joanne Seelig: Welcome back, my name is Joanne Seelig and I am the Family Programs Coordinator at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. I am teaching you how to make a gingerbread house. Well congratulations, you have built your house and now you might be wondering what should I do with it?
Well, a gingerbread house makes a beautiful table top or windowsill decoration and it is quite easy to transport. I like to use a garden box to help make that transition a little bit smoother. I simply lift up the gingerbread house on the cardboard base and I slide it into the box. Now, it is really easy for me to move it around and hopefully you are one of many happy families who created a gingerbread house at the National Building Museum.
You might be thinking, I really do not want to go through the trouble of making a gingerbread house next year. I would like just put it and add it out, a year from now. Well, insects and heat do not make good house guest for a gingerbread house, but you can preserve it. What I would recommend is using a little bit of craft furnish and you can purchase this at your local craft store or online and you may just give it a light spray and after you spray some craft furnish on it, you may want to put it in a plastic bag and then in a box and you will be ready to go.
Maybe when you are transporting your gingerbread house your window falls off or a roof top decoration comes a little bit loose. That is not a problem. Go back to clip to and make your own icing to help or just buy some new icing and stick it back on. Maybe you want to enter your gingerbread house in a contest. Many local restaurants and organizations have gingerbread house contests. Well, congratulations you have made a beautiful gingerbread house.