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. Outline with icing. Roll fondant into a 1 ¾ in. x ¼ in. log. Cut candy and attach to door area. Use icing to attach candy for doorknob, fondant log and decoration above door.
Make all windows. Use icing to outline windows, windowpanes and snow. Cut candies and attach.
Decorate house front. Use icing to attach candy.
Decorate house sides. Use icing to pipe a triangle shape between windows. Attach green candy for a tree.
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 fondant into two 5 in. x ¼ in. logs for eaves and one 6 ½ in. x ¼ in. log for roof peak. Attach with icing. Roll a 3/8 in. dia. ball of fondant and position where fondant logs meet on the front of the house. Use icing to attach candy on roof and roof peak and to pipe icicles on roof edges.
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.