Gingerbread Book Village

Temporary display

I’m making the buildings by True2Scale to go in my village. The current plan is to build the buildings and then make a base. I think I’m going to do an open book, but it could be in a different form.

These are 1:144 scale. I am not using the bases and will be doing trees later when I landscape the whole project.

My progress so far :

Post Office


Ornament Shop


Market Stalls

Toy Maker Shop

Honey and Candles Stall

Decorations Stand and Chestnut Cart

Miniatures Market Stall

Gift Shop

Pretzel Stall and Wurst Wagon

Cuckoo Clock Shop


  • Mark pieces in pencil to help keep oriented which is which.
  • Pencil is better because it won’t bleed thru sometime in the future.
  • When adding lights, it is important to plan before building. This plan should include where the light goes, where wire will go from there to a wall, then where will wire be hidden on inside or outside. These buildings have the white trim, so I generally tried to hide behind them with a groove.
  • To determine where floor fits relative to wallpaper, lay the paper next to the wall and then draw line with pencil. Glue paper at the line just covering it.
  • Cutting window openings is best done before applying the wallpaper.
  • Interior window frames should be applied and before they dry, check the alignment from the other side.
  • When cutting curves, whenever possible move the paper not the scissors.
  • Don’t cut down to the tip of scissors as it causes a tiny tear.
  • Cover the printed part with the ruler to protect it when cutting whenever possible.
  • I do not use a cork backed ruler when cutting in this scale so I don’t misalign my knife.
  • Using glitter, brush on glue for thin layer. Or use a tiny tip bottle for applying more glue so more glitter (thicker).
  • For the most buildings, I painted the trim white then once dry I separated from the motherboard. I applied glue and glitter over wax paper.
  • If separating the white trim from motherboard, mark the back with pencil. I didn’t and got them flipped over when went to glue and glitter. I did the wrong side.
  • If any extra glue and glitter is over the edges, once dry this can be trimmed away with sharp scissors if desired.
  • If adding trim to the building before it has glitter, be sure to apply white paint to cover gaps. I tried this with the Toy Shop and I recommend to apply the glitter before adding trim. It wasn’t that I messed up since one can’t tell the difference. It was just slower waiting on glue to dry and can’t always move to another area.
  • Be sure to apply wallpaper, window frames, and other decorative items inside before closing that particular room or section. Adding the lighting tends to shift my attention.

I have been using nano size LEDs in 3volt size. Most of them are warm white, but some are bright white. I am using a AAA double battery pack.

I was asked about the lighting – how I have them hooked up. This tangle is what I have right now in the temporary housing. Notice how I am connecting in more than one group (yellow indicators) and also the switch is on the outside of the cover. I could kick myself every time I deal with a miniature that I added the switch on the inside of the whatever the cover is. Jumpers (wires between) are used to get the bundles together to the switch wires.

green for newest addition, yellow is where the wires are connected to other like wires

Example: Building A,B,C are grouped red or black with a jumper to switch. Building D, E, F are grouped red or black with a jumper to switch. Building G and H are grouped red or black with a jumper to switch. The black go direct to battery while the red has a switch on it.

I plan on having more than one set of batteries so that the lights don’t dim due to having so many lights on a set. The batteries can handle many lights, but will be a bigger drain. I plan to tie together on one switch though.

This is the most recent layout I have on my temporary board with 12 kits (14 individual) done so far.

This is my first layout of the ten I have so far. I plan to add bridge maybe two over the valley of the book. After trying this layout I am pretty much decided that I will need to build my own book. I plan to make rafters in the right shape and then spread plaster cloth over those. This will allow the lighting to be handled much easier. I will probably have a recipe title somewhere.

Happy miniaturing!


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