Christmas-mad mum spends 2 weeks transforming home into giant winter wonderland

A Christmas mad-mum has spent a fortnight making her gaff look like a giant gingerbread house.

The rental property has been getting a sweet do-over as the festive period approaches from 34-year-old Carmen Croxall.

The terraced home in Exeter is complete with fake gingerbread bricks and giant cutouts of candies, lollies and doughnuts.

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Carmen runs a prop business and has cleverly put the whole look together using roughly 70% recycled materials.

It even has biscuit window frames,The Manchester Evening News reports.

The Prop Factory owner says the wet weather whipping across the country at the moment has made life very difficult, with the props’ water resistance having been pushed to the limit.

It’s not just Christmas that Carmen goes mad for, having decorated her home multiple times in the last year and a half.

She says though, that this is her best yet – and it only cost her around £300 in velcro.

"I love decorating my house. It all started in 2020 – I had an events company and had dressed events for eight years but, after nine months of not doing it, I had a huge void.

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"At the same time, we changed our business and started selling products. I'd just sold my house and was due to move out too, so those three things led to my first crazy transformation.

"My new landlord said I could decorate so I did my whole house for Halloween and last Christmas, I did a pink kitsch theme with a festive Tyrannosaurus Rex outside.

"Now, I've gone next level!"

The gingerbread walls are made of MDF while the array of sweet treats is made from reused milk cartons.

Offcuts of wooden doweling and an old bit of drainage piping have also been used.

Carmen said: "I didn't spend too much as I managed to scrounge a lot from my work.

"The bricks are damaged MDF that we couldn't use; the lollipop sticks are wooden dowel offcuts and an old drain pipe.

"The two main costs were the Velcro at £300 and wadding which made the snow at £90, plus a few new sheets of MDF. The snow is made from wadding.

"I put colourful cellophane over old milk cartons for the Quality Street chocolates but had to add clear cellophane over the top as the colourful sheets leaked in the rain.

"It's all stuck on with very heavy-duty velcro – each brick has enough velcro to hold up 28kg. "I tested this theory for a few months prior to doing this and found it worked if the brickwork behind them didn't get wet.

"I had to cover the whole house so water couldn't get to the real bricks, and I also used an air-compressed staple gun to make a lattice between bricks.

"It went from an idea to a finished thing in just two weeks. I was in this zone where I was so focused on finishing it that I didn't even appreciate it until it was done.

"I love it, I'm really happy with how it looks – but now that it's done, I'm already thinking about what I can do next!"

She added: "I've emailed my landlord pictures and told him what I've done. He hasn't replied so normally that means he is fine".

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