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14 Dec Gingerbread Tipi (+ Free PDF Template)

Last year I was hit by a gingerbread house fever and spent two days making a classic Swedish turn of the century villa with gelatine glass windows. I was so happy when it was finally finished so I left it on the dining table as a centerpiece. For some reason I couldn’t sleep that night and suddenly I heard a noise from the dining room. I knew immediately what the sound was, but I really hoped that I was wrong. Unfortunately I wasn’t. My dog Hälge was standing with his front paws on the dining room table and he was looking at me with those big puppy eyes. He knew he was caught! A big part of the roof and the wall was gone, so many hours of work wasted…

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I was angry at him for two days but eventually I couldn’t resist those cute puppy eyes (He’s not a puppy anymore even though he behaves like one…) and we became friends again. One could think that he’s matured now but when we came home one evening earlier this week we found a big plastic bag on the floor. Before we left it was full of gingerbread cookies. Now, those cookies were inside Hälge’s stomach. I’m pretty sure he likes gingerbread cookies.

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The icing looks really bad and it’s because I’ve never made royal icing before so I had no idea how thick it should be. First when I started piping I realized that it was too loose. It started dripping everywhere and I had to hurry, that’s why it looks so sloppy. You’ll probably make a much prettier tipi than mine if you’re good at piping and know how to make the perfect royal icing. Do you know how hard it is to use 1/4 egg white in a recipe? Even if you weigh the egg it’s really hard to add the exact amount because the entire egg white wants to come along.

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I knew that I wanted to make a simple gingerbread house this year for several reasons. First of all there’s always the possibility that Hälge will eat it again so I didn’t want to spend time on something that would be ruined the same day. Neither did I have the time to spend two days on a gingerbread house because of…(drumroll)… Schoooool!! Last but not least I like minimalistic and small gingerbread houses. They’re kind of cute!

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And I made a gingerbread tipi PDF template for you which you can download HERE.


  rainbow warrior musikal

This fall I’ve been working on a musical together with the seniors in my school. Here’s some information to all of my Swedish readers, about the musical and how to buy tickets :

Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium har under 20 års tid satt upp en musikal varje år. I Januari 2015 sätter vi upp “Rainbow Warrior” som är en helt nyskriven musikal! Jag har jobbat med scenografin och tror vet att det här kommer bli en helt fantastisk föreställning. Det är en jättebra julklapp för den som redan har allt. Priser för biljetter ligger mellan 160-305 kr. Här är beskrivningen av musikalen som finns på ticnet’s hemsida.

“Rainbow Warrior är en fartfylld, musikspäckad hyllning till människans förmåga att hoppas och att vilja förändra – trots allt.

20 år efter att Rainbow Warrior sjunker i en hamn på Nya Zeeland drömmer punksångerskan Maya om jordens undergång. Samtidigt strider pojkvännen Leon för miljön och tycker att världen håller på att spåra ur fullständigt. Mayas karriär och privatliv slås i spillror och hon förirrar sig motvilligt ut i ett sökande efter svar. Men drömmarna fortsätter och Maya anar en koppling mellan hennes försvunna pappa och kampen för miljön. Hon förstår att någon måste göra något – även om det innebär döden.

Rainbow Warrior är en nyskriven rockmusikal av Lisa Linder och Christer Johansson, författarna till succén Dracula från 2010. Bakom den står 70 elever från de tre skolorna i stiftelsen Viktor Rydberg som själva gjort allt – från marknadsföring till koreografi och skådespeleri.”

Här är samtliga datum för föreställningarna (klicka på datumen för att köpa biljett till den dagen):

16 jan, fredag

17 jan, lördag

18 jan, söndag

23 jan, fredag

24 jan, lördag

25 jan, söndag

  • Sara | Simply Happenstance
    Posted at 17:59h, 14 December Reply

    I love this so much! So creative! I have a thing for teepee’s so this is simply perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thea
      Posted at 19:19h, 14 December Reply

      Thanks Sara! I love them to! 🙂

  • Crista
    Posted at 18:59h, 14 December Reply

    Your gingerbread tipi is adorable! Thank you for sharing the template!!

    • Thea
      Posted at 19:19h, 14 December Reply

      Thanks Crista! 🙂

  • myriam / rhubarb! rhubarb! rhubarb!
    Posted at 19:08h, 14 December Reply

    OMG, this is adorable! I wish I could see your gingerbread villa from last year, too.

    • Thea
      Posted at 19:19h, 14 December Reply

      I think I’ll post it on Instagram!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 17:35h, 15 December Reply

    That is the most hysterical story about your pup.. did you at least get to take some photos before he devoured the roof?! It sounds gorgeous. But I am DYING over this tipi. I have to make one! And I have *never* had the desire to make a gingerbread structure of any sort. But this.. this is just too much!

    • Thea
      Posted at 22:51h, 15 December Reply

      Thank you Cheryl! 🙂 You can find a picture of the house on my Instagram now but unfortunately it was after he’d eaten it… I hope you’ll make the tipi! 🙂

  • Josefine {The Smoothie Lover}
    Posted at 21:50h, 15 December Reply

    I didn’t know you did musical! I do too! How wonderful. Please share some pictures from the show – I wish I could see it 🙂
    That ginger bread house must’ve been amazing. Those houses look very complicated to make.
    This tipi is so cute – so creative 🙂

    • Thea
      Posted at 22:49h, 15 December Reply

      Thanks Josefine! 🙂 Though I’m not in the show, I work with the scenography! What kind of musical do you do?

  • Allison
    Posted at 18:16h, 16 December Reply

    Eeek! This is gorgeous! You’re quite right, the minimalism really works out! This looks gorgeous!
    (Plus it’s just the right size for a little Playmobil dog ;))

    • Thea
      Posted at 19:55h, 16 December Reply

      Thanks Allison! Like a little dog house 🙂

  • Maryna
    Posted at 19:00h, 16 December Reply

    Oh. I am amazed! It is so creative!!
    and I totally get you on this pet thing…my cat is a walking disaster. When she was a kitten she used to eat secretly in the night all my baked goods. In the morning i could only find nibbled cakes all over the kitchen))

    • Thea
      Posted at 19:56h, 16 December Reply

      Thanks Maryna! Haha, pets eat everything! 😉

  • Edith
    Posted at 02:51h, 20 December Reply

    I love your blog and I’m planning on trying out many of your recipes. What is your recipe for GF gingerbread? I’d like to make a gingerbread house but I couldn’t find the recipe on your blog. Thanks and thanks for all the good recipes!

    • Thea
      Posted at 23:32h, 20 December Reply

      I’ve been working on a gluten free gingerbread cookie recipe but I’m not completely satisfied with it yet. I’ll hopefully publish it next year!

      • Edith
        Posted at 02:19h, 21 December Reply

        Thanks for replying! I’ll look forward to your recipe next year. 🙂

  • Renee Kemps
    Posted at 23:12h, 20 December Reply

    Oh my. This is the cutest little gingerbread house EVER. LOVE it. And so sad that your dog ate your previous gingerbread house, but it’s good that you guys became friends again (: Have a lovely Christmas Thea!

    • Thea
      Posted at 23:33h, 20 December Reply

      Thanks Renee! I know, he’s so cute 🙂 Merry christmas!

  • Jana | One Design a Day
    Posted at 17:16h, 29 December Reply

    Absolutely adorable…I want a teepee!

  • Lena
    Posted at 00:32h, 22 October Reply

    just want to say thank you for sharing and thank you for the template 🙂

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  • Misty
    Posted at 06:37h, 27 December Reply

    I used your template but end up snapping off three of the tipi “sticks” out the top to make it work.
    I would post a pic but it won’t let me. Thank you for sharing!!! It would have been a bit difficult without a template. 🙂

    • Thea Tillberg
      Posted at 21:53h, 16 January Reply

      Hi! Just use some melted sugar to glue everything together. In my world broken=rustic and that’s positive! 😉

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