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LEGO Gingerbread House to Winter Cottage

Former LEGO model designer Tiago Catarino designed some wonderful sets like the #31070 LEGO Creator Turbo Track Racer, the #31065 LEGO Creator Park Street Townhouse, the #21313 LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle, and the #10267 LEGO Creator Gingerbread House. Tiago is now a LEGO Ambassador and runs a YouTube channel where he regularly shares LEGO building tips, tricks, and building instructions. In one of the recent videos, Tiago turned the #10267 LEGO Creator Gingerbread House into a normal cottage. Many LEGO fans love the set, but wish it was reality based, so they can add it to their medieval town or the non-fantasy section of their LEGO Winter Village layout.

In the video below, Tiago walks you through converting the #10267 LEGO Creator Gingerbread House into a reality-based cottage. He removed the bright colors, candy details, glitter windows, and other fantasy elements and replaced them with more muted colors to create a cozy cottage with snow-covered roofs. Please note that this was a live stream, so the video is very long, but you can just skip ahead to the sections that you’re interested in.

As you can see in the video, converting the Gingerbread House this way does require extra pieces as many of the colors are swapped out. Of course, you don’t have to change all the colors, and you can work with the pieces that you already have. Still, if you prefer a normal cottage, Tiago’s video should give you an idea of where to start and what to change.

I’m personally very happy with the #10267 LEGO Creator Gingerbread House as it is, but I understand the desire to change it. A reality-based version is more versatile and can be displayed all year long and not just around Christmas. If you would like to check out Tiago’s other projects, you can find the list of official LEGO sets he designed in the Brickset database, and you can also follow him on YouTube and Instagram.

What do you think? Do you prefer the fantasy or reality based LEGO Winter Village sets? And how do you like this conversion of the Gingerbread House? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • Sith015 December 29, 2020, 5:40 PM

    Haha! Cute!

  • brickmaster December 29, 2020, 6:04 PM

    I like the interior, but the outside is too dull, I think.

  • T.T.T. December 29, 2020, 9:46 PM

    Thanks for this. I was facing the dilemma of what to do with the set once Christmas is over. I’m seriously thinking of doing this conversion.

  • kay December 29, 2020, 9:59 PM

    I like the altered exterior and the original interior. Especially the kitchen. I would keep that.

  • Pepper December 30, 2020, 7:42 AM

    The interior is beautiful! I agree with others though who say that the exterior is now a little too dull. I suppose other color combinations can be tried out.

  • yoladiel December 30, 2020, 7:54 AM

    I like it, but why does it have a fireplace outside? That always kind of bothered me. Is that based on anything in real life?

    • Håkan December 30, 2020, 5:23 PM

      I guess it’s just cozy when it’s cold outside… 😉

      (Having grown up in Sweden, I have to admit that it doesn’t make any practical sense at all…)

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