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. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Use impression mat to imprint designs. Cut the fondant impressions into 1 ½ in. x 2 ½ in. rectangle for door. Attach. Use icing to outline door, attach doorknob and fill in window shape on door; pat smooth.
Make front windows. Roll out candy and cut four ½ in. x 1 ¼ in. rectangles. Use icing to attach two rectangles side-by-side for windows. Use icing to outline windows and windowpanes, and attach candy.
Decorate house front. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Use impression mat to imprint designs. Cut the fondant into a triangle shape with three shapes on each side to fit under roof peak. Attach. Use icing to outline fondant shapes.
Made side and back windows. Roll out candy and cut ½ in. x 1 in. rectangles. Use icing to attach three rectangles shapes in a row for windows. Use icing to outline windows and windowpanes, pipe scrolls above windows and attach candy.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves.
Decorate roof. Measure 1 ¼ in. and 3 in. from roof peak and use icing to pipe zigzag lines across roof. Drag toothpick through center of zigzags. Use icing to pipe lines between the zigzags. Attach candy. Use icing to pipe line of icing on roof peak and attach candy. Use icing to pipe icicles on roof edges.
Decorate base. Roll small pieces of fondant and flatten to resemble stones. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach fondant 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.