Decorate a gingerbread house with trendy DIY possibilities! Kit includes colorful candies, an impression mat and both ready-to-use icing and fondant that add distinctive designs. Perfect activity for a kid’s party, to make and use for your holiday centerpiece or just for fun at Christmas time!
Make front door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth. Roll out candy and cut into small pieces. Reroll and cut into square, 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. Attach for door window. Use icing to outline window and door. Attach candy on both sides of doorframe and for doorknob. Use icing to pipe beads above door.
Make all windows. Use icing to outline and fill in windows. Pat smooth. Roll out candy and cut into small pieces. Combine together. Reroll and cut into squares, 1 in. x 1 in. Attach for windows. Use icing to pipe beads and dots around windows.
Decorate house front. Attach candy to house front. Use icing to pipe fleur de lis.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves.
Decorate roof. Use spatula and icing to ice roof smooth. Let icing set 15 minutes. Press impression mat onto iced roof and remove. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Press impression mat onto fondant to imprint designs. Cut the fondant impressions into shapes and attach to roof. Use icing to pipe fleur de lis on roof and lines along roof edges. Attach candy.
Decorate base. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach candy for pathway.
Easy-to-complete technique combines using a bag and tip to pipe icing dots and then using the blade of a spatula to pull out one edge. This technique can cover small and large areas with stunning results.
The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.