A giant gingerbread house in Aubin Grove

Melissa Armstrong took two months to design and build this Christmas display.
Melissa Armstrong took two months to design and build this Christmas display.

EVERY year Aubin Grove resident Melissa Armstrong puts together a gingerbread house ahead of Christmas.

Usually the displays are confined to the indoors, but this year she decided to dream bigger.

It took two months to create but now, standing proudly outside her Descanso Loop home, is the finished product.

“Every year I make actual gingerbread houses, and each time I like to make them bigger and more elaborate than the last,” she said.

Work on the giant house began in October and did not wrap up until early December.

Ms Armstrong said she wanted to go with a Scandinavian fairytale house, rather than one with candy canes and giant lollies.

The house is supported by a wooden frame and Styrofoam boards, with windows made of transparent plastic covered with cellophane to add an extra touch of colour.

The house is also covered in more than 2000 lights.

“Hearing all the stories from my mum about Christmas in Finland – the snow, the stars, and the sneaky elves – has always felt really magical to me and I wanted to emulate that with this house,” Ms Armstrong said.

“The reaction has been completely worth it.

“It was a lot of work and it wasn’t cheap to build, but it came out exactly how I pictured it would.

“Seeing my vision come to life and having people milling about on my lawn gives me the biggest thrill.”