Prepare icing and decorating bag according to kit instructions.
Assemble house. Before decorating, at least 2 hours in advance, assemble house according to kit instructions. Let dry. Keep remainder of icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to decorate house.
Create door and details. Use tip and icing from kit to outline and pipe in front door. Pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Use icing to attach four mini sugared gum drops from kit above front door.
On a granulated sugar-covered surface, use rolling pin to flatten mini sugared gum drop, use icing to attach to door for window. Cut top of mini sugared gum drop and attach with icing for doorknob.
Create windows. Use tip and icing to outline and pipe in front and side windows. Pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Use tip and icing to outline windows and windowpanes. Pipe icicles on windowsills.
Create window details. Cut gum drop candy ring from kit in half horizontally. Use icing to attach one cut gum drop candy ring above each front window. Use tip and icing to pipe a fleur de lis above each gum drop candy ring.
Cut mini sugared gum drops in half. Use wide ends to make shutters on window sides; use icing to attach.
Create details and wreath. Use tip and icing to attach narrow ends of mini sugared gum drops above door and center of wreath. To finish wreath, use icing to attach mini flavored candies from kit in a circle around mini sugared gum drop center. Use tip and icing to pipe dots around wreath.
Use tip and icing to pipe ?e? motion designs on front of house bottom border.
Decorate roof. Use spatula and icing to ice roof smooth. Use tip and icing to pipe two rows of swags on each side of roof. Add mini flavored candies to pipe swags while icing is still soft.
Cut gum drop candy rings in half, horizontally to make thinner rings; cut in half vertically to make to sway shapes. Position on roof in between mini flavored candy swags. Use tip and icing to pipe seven icing dots on top and bottom borders of roof.
Use tip and icing to pipe a line on roof peak; position mini sugared gum drops. Use tip and icing to pipe icicles on peaks and eaves of cottage.
Create bottom details. Use spatula and icing to ice board fluffy.
Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.