Make Your Own Tooth Fairy Cottage!
There is an age-old tradition in which little children place teeth they have lost under their pillow at night for the tooth fairy. While many countries have different myths about the tooth fairy, the history actually reaches beyond the Middle Ages. Here in America, many parents will exchange the tooth for a coin or dollar bill as the child sleeps, making quite the exciting discovery in the morning. Some families leave a single coin, whereas others decide to leave more “evidence” of the tooth fairy’s visit by leaving a trail of glitter dust or a note from the fairy herself congratulating the child. One such idea that has been created over the years is that of a tooth fairy door.
Tooth Fairies Need Rest, Too!
Many projects can be found in relation to the tooth fairy, and a common one is to make a miniature door that you hang on your child’s wall for the tooth fairy to enter through. As a new idea, however, Dr. Veerman thought it would be wonderful fun to construct a whole cottage that the tooth fairy could rest in (since she has to come from a long way!) that can be set out in the child’s room. Once made, your kids could set it out for her whenever they lose a tooth. It’s a great family activity so we decided to share the steps of how to make your own!
Tooth Fairy Gingerbread House Guide
This recipe is extremely simple and only calls for a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have lying around your house. For this house, Dr. Veerman used the leftover candy from Madison Family Dental’s Halloween Candy Bounce Back Event!
What You Will Need
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup salad oil
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup molasses
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp ginger
Preheat the oven to 300. Mix all wet ingredients together in a large bowl and stir until well mixed. Mix together all dry ingredients and add to the wet mixture. Mix until smooth and well blended, then place in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
Making the House
Line a 10X15 cookie sheet with foil that has been covered in oil. Roll out your dough evenly to completely cover the cookie sheet, then bake for 30 minutes.
Cut out the pattern while the dough bakes.
The dough should be firm to the touch when fully baked. IMMEDIATELY upon removing the dough from the oven arrange the pattern on one side of the hot dough and, using a sharp knife, cut around the pattern. Cut out the second set of pattern pieces immediately. Using a pancake spatula, carefully remove from the cookie sheet to cool. Your gingerbread should be very hard when cool. Allow to air dry overnight.
In the morning the next day, when you are ready to begin constructing your tooth fairy’s cottage, be sure you have all you need laid out before you begin. You will need:
- assorted snacks and candies such as pretzels, gummies, marshmallows, cereal, etc
- 3 tablespoons of meringue powder
- 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 6 tablespoons of water
Put all snacks and candies aside, separating each type into different bowls or cups.
Mix the meringue powder, sugar and water together in a blender and mix together until blended evenly (about 8 minutes). If it comes out too chunky simply add a little water at a time until you have achieved the consistency you want for the “cement” of the cottage, which is thick and slightly sticky.
Cover a cutting board in aluminum foil and coat the bottom with some of the cement you just made. Make sure it is only the width of the size of your cottage. This will hold the walls in place as you assemble. Choose where you want to place your house on the board and place the bottom piece. As an example, Dr Veerman put hers in one corner so her cottage could have a large front yard.
Wherever you decide to put it, place frosting on the base to cover the whole area, as the frosting you made will help hold the bottom in place, as well as hold all other pieces together, kind of like a tasty cement. Be generous with how much you use for the bottom as it holds the entire cottage upright.
Put the sides up first and use cement to join them together. Next attach roof, again using cement to hold the pieces in place. Make sure you don’t skimp on the cement as too little will not be enough to hold everything in place.
Lastly, smear only one side of your door with cement and place it in the doorway, leaving it slightly ajar.
Decorating Your Tooth Fairy Cottage
Once your cottage is complete use the snacks and candies to decorate it to your heart’s content! You can use leftover cement to make bushes or a river near the house, and color them with green or blue food dye.
Your New Tooth Fairy House
Now that you and your kids have your very own tooth fairy house, the possibilities are endless! You can leave it up for as long as you want, or just put it out when your child has a loose tooth. Once the tooth falls out, be sure to remind your child that the tooth fairy will replace the tooth with a coin (or whatever you decide to use) if it is placed under their pillow that night, or even on the doorstep of the cottage itself! Be sure to send us pictures of your own tooth fairy cottage, or share them the next time you are in for your appointment!