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The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 17 2019 7:28 AM UTC +00:00
SEK 12,883
pledged of SEK 342,000pledged of SEK 342,000 goal
29
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 17 2019 7:28 AM UTC +00:00

About

Baking a gingerbread hut or a castle this year? Or giving in before you even begun? 

“There must be an easier way to bake gingerbread houses!” I’m sure you’ve told yourself this multiple times when getting ready for Christmas baking. Planning, drawing and cutting templates takes lots of time and effort. Even if you cut the dough perfectly, parts swell while cooking in the oven and lose shape. Fixing the swollen parts requires either recutting fresh out of the oven when they’re still piping hot; or filing them down after cooling, which has a high risk of forming cracks. On top of that, in Scandinavia we glue everything together with melted sugar! Which of course means the kids can’t participate, and how fun is that? 


It's time for a big change!

How it all started 

When I was young, my friend’s mum would bake and decorate a whole christmas landscape each year. She would make houses, cars, trains, trees and people out of gingerbread. The day she revealed it to us kids was the most magical advent moment of my youth. Ever since then, christmas hasn’t felt like christmas without gingerbread houses. There have been many times when I, like you, thought that there must be an easier way to bake gingerbread houses. That’s why, finally, I decided to create my own tool!



My name is Madeleine Mac Donald,  I'm a mum of three, and I have always been a very curious and inventive person. Interested in arts, crafts and tech. I was born and raised in Sundsvall, Sweden. Which at the end of the 19th century was the sawmill capital of Europe. In 1888 the largest city fire in Sweden's history ravaged the city of Sundsvall. It was then rebuilt in stone by some of Europe's most famous architects of that time. Nowadays the city, with its Stonetown, is voted Sweden's most beautiful city.

We also have an open-air museum, Norra Berget, with buildings as old as from the beginning of the 14th century. 

This is where I find the inspiration for my gingerbread house baking, both in authentic buildings and in details.

Share your inspiraton with us!

Where do you find inspiration for your gingerbread houses? Do you find it in traditional gingerbread houses, your surroundings, or in different themes? Are you building cute little tiki huts, big Russian cathedrals or Santa's workshop? Let us know. 

Share your houses on our hashtag #makebitz, and follow our Instagram account for inspiration. 


The MakeBitz flexible cookie cutter


The Demands

I, together with a project group consisting of a couple of designers, a baker, and a 3D shop, developed the MakeBitz cookie cutter. During this process, we had a list of demands that the finished product needed to fulfill. Those demands were as follows:


  • Flexible
  • Ajustible
  • Clear messurments
  • Sustainable
  • Reusable
  • Bisphenol free
  • Scalable production method

And after six prototypes we got it! 


MakeBitz consists of a system based on curved, angled and straight parts that connect with each other with a click.

The parts are 6 centimeters in height and have a cutting area of ​​1 centimeter. The package contains 20 straight parts each of 4 and 1 cm width; 20 curved parts distributed equally between coupling directions to the right and to the left and 20 parts 90 degree angles also divided equally between connection directions to the right and to the left. A total amount of 80 parts in the package.

 MakeBitz is patented in Sweden since the end of 2017, and has EU and US patents pending.

A collage of four pictures that shows how to make your specific roof angel on the gables.
A collage of four pictures that shows how to make your specific roof angel on the gables.

Fun and creative MakeBitz. 

Fun and creative MakeBitz.

MakeBitz combines the fun of building with blocks and gingerbread house baking. Everyone can participate as long as they can put the parts together. Just start building, and if your design doesn’t turn out perfect right away, changing it up is super simple. And who cares if the kids end up baking a house or not, it’s still a personal creatively designed cookie that they can be proud of.

Once you’ve built your design, you cut as many parts as you like. Why not build a house for each family member or bake houses as advent gifts for friends. When you take the parts out of the oven, you can recut them quickly and easily with the cutter so that they fit together perfectly. And when the parts fit perfectly you don't need the melted sugar, instead you can glue them easily with royal icing after decoration.  You can even use the cutter as a support when you glue the parts together.

You can even use the cutter as a support when you glue the parts together.
You can even use the cutter as a support when you glue the parts together.

Advantages of MakeBitz

  • · Flexible 
  • · Creative 
  • · Timesaving 
  • · Fun 
  • · Safer baking 
  • · Developing 
  • · Material saving 
  • · Versatile 
  • · Better results 
  • · Scalable 


MakeBitz compared to other methods

We did extensive user testing during the development process, and according to our participants this is how MakeBitz compares to other methods for baking gingerbread houses.

Testimonials

Here are some of the testimonials we got from the participants in our product tests.

The cookie cutter makes the parts so smooth and stylish! - Louise Jonsson, Home baker Stockholm

Great! MakeBitz keeps the kids occupied with creating new designs while they wait for their time to bake instead of fuzzing around - Lisbeth Malm, Artist Sundsvall

It’s so unique and innovative! - Ingrid Karlsson, Home baker Lund

How innovative and fun! You get an outlet for your creativity - Markus Johansson, baker

The cookie cutter functioned well - Ammna Chaudry Hellström, The great swedish bakeoff participant.


Budget

Of our campaign budget, the injection molding tools take up 32%. Production and packaging comes to a total of 36%. Swedish taxes, Kickstarter fees and payment processing fees at 30%. The final 2% accounts for transportation and marketing.  


Timeline



Additional Social commitment

For each gingerbread house I bake and sell I let the profits go to social initiatives for the homeless, and as a natural extension to that we’ve decided to include a 3 percent deposition of the future profit from MakeBitz to a fund for projects that help homeless people get a roof over their heads. I hope that’s a commitment you’re as satisfied with as me. Nobody can do it all, but all of us can do something that affects others in positive ways. 

Risks and challenges

We’ve been hard at work getting MakeBitz ready for Kickstarter, planning the full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment. This of course also means that we’ve carefully considered risks and challenges that may arise in the process, from campaign to delivery.
Creating the manufacturing tools for a complex product like this is expensive and requires expert knowledge. The typical lead time to create the molds for a product like this is 60 days and there is always a risk that delays could occur. To minimize that risk, we're working with experienced manufacturing partners with a track record of high quality.
As MakeBitz gets ready for production, some minor adjustments may be needed to ensure a high quality final product. Test samples will be made in order to test and incorporate necessary adjustments by experienced manufacturing partners. This is all for the benefit of you, our consumer. We will let you know exactly how and why any adjustments are made.
Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Delayed deliveries from manufacturers and suppliers, production breakdowns, and lost shipments can happen. In order to minimize the impact of manufacturing setbacks on our timeline, we’ve chosen to work with a manufacturer that has several suppliers for each component who can help ensure a smooth journey from suppliers to factories.
Our manufacturer has years of experience delivering excellent products in large quantities. There will surely be surprises along the road, but we will do everything we can to deliver a satisfactory product to you, our customers.

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Environmental commitments

Visit our Environmental Resources Center to learn how Kickstarter encourages sustainable practices.

Reusability and recyclability

MakeBitz is recyclable to 99% and includes a return system. If you for whatever reason don’t want to keep your product, rather than throwing it away, you can contact us for a return shipping label.

Sustainable materials

We'll be producing MakeBitz in ABS plastic by deliberate environmental choice. The same material as blocks like Lego are produced in. We are following the development of biobased plastics and are going to convert to biobased materials as soon as they fulfill the demands for the product. ABS is 99% reusable.

Environmentally friendly factories

We’ve chosen to keep production domestic, in the dark deep north of Sweden, rather than lower cost alternatives overseas.

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