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Ways to decorate a gingerbread house


Learn different ways to decorate your gingerbread house. We show you how to add shutters, a candy roof, stained glass windows, and more details to your gingerbread house.
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The down-home, warm, welcoming look of a log cabin can evoke fond memories of childhood holidays and simpler days of the past. This easy technique can transform gingerbread into a heirloom.

Use a round decorating tip, hold bag at a 45° angle and touch tip to surface. As you squeeze out icing with a steady, even pressure, move tip in vertical direction, laying out a log of icing. To end log, stop squeezing, touch tip to surface and pull away. Repeat process until entire surface is covered.

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A walk through a winter wonderland has inspired the use of "sponge" icing. This creative icing technique can add the look of just-fallen snow look to any house setting.

To achieve this look, crumble a paper towel and dip into icing. Immediately dab area on house to be covered. Note: This icing will dry quickly so add a small amount at a time until reaching desired look.

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A warm little refuge is nestled away, safe and sound, wrapped in the shelter of harboring fences. Pretzels, licorice twists, candy canes, marshmallows, wafer cookies and candy pebble stone are wonderful tools to use for fencing.

Place the desired amount of pretzel sticks side-by-side in a vertical position. Use icing in bag fitted with a round decorating tip to horizontally secure rails. Let completely set.

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Nothing says "welcome" more than a meandering path leading to a gingerbread home. The message can be easily conveyed with mini gum pieces, licorice, candy wafers, mini candy discs, cinnamon candies, sprinkles and jelly candies.

Outline pathway with round tip. Attach dots of icing to back of mini gum pieces and position for "stones".

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There's nothing more inviting than friends and family gathered around the warmth of a holiday fire. These memory-filled fireplaces are so easy to create with gumdrops, caramels, jelly candies, mini chocolate candies and mini gum pieces, to name a few.

Outline fireplace/chimney area with a round decorating tip. Attach round jelly candies overlapping on surface with icing "mortar".

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Shutters can edge a window just as beautifully as a frame does a work of art. Choose sugar wafer cookies, striped and solid gum pieces, graham crackers and gumdrops for your masterpiece.

Outline window with a round decorating tip. Cut ends of sugar wafer cookies on a 45° angle and attach to window with icing.

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It's a great idea to add interesting focal points away from the house. Lamp posts, sleds, children caroling and even festive trees of the season will draw attention to and create a unique personality for the home.

Insert a peppermint stick into bottom of a large marshmallow. Use a small round decorating tip to outline panes of glass and to pipe in top of lamp (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Attach black gumball to top.

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Step 8

Add definition and fun to gingerbread by "painting" melted candy on uncooked pasta, pretzel sticks, candy canes, gumballs and using them for accent pieces on the house.

Melt Light Cocoa Candy Melts®* according to package directions. Dip Decorator Brush in melted candy and "paint" uncooked pasta; let dry, turn over and "paint" other side.

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Step 9

Use melted candy and brush to cover entire surfaces to enhance the look of the gingerbread house. Entire walls, windows, sugar cone trees and even the roof will take on a whole new appearance.

Melt desired Candy Melts®* according to package directions. Dip Decorator Brush in melted candy and "paint" surface; let dry.
*Brand confectionery coating.

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Ways to decorate a gingerbread house is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Of all the post on the web concerning gingerbread house decor, this has been the most helpful. I like to use Wilton's prebaked houses. We do gingerbread houses every year as a family event. Now that the kids are getting older and less interested, we have a Decorate you own Gingerbread House Party. I get the houses ready for the quests (put them together) and provide all the icing and candy, cereal, etc. People love being able to just come and have everything ready for them and being able to leave with a house of their own. Spread the Christmas/Holiday Spirit.
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This page of ideas for you Gingerbread House is wonderful. All you have to do is try each idea a few times and each time you will have a better result. Some are harder than others but all are well worth trying. I have been decorating a Gingerbread House with my granddaughter for 6 years now and we have so much fun and make great memories doing it. How your house turns out is not as important as how much fun you have doing it. Our houses get better every year!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like all of these techniques. The explainations are very clean and easy to understand. I think this is something my 9 year old can do with little assistance. We are planning to build a village of gingerbread houses. We will use every suggestion provided. I especially like the pathways and fences suggestions. I would like to have seen more of a variety with the each suggestion. I will most likely use the suggestions but put my own spin on it.
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ideas if you have never done a Gingerbread house. I never thought of painting with melted chocolate, it is easy and a great way to add a personel touch to your house. I also never saw chocolate covered spaghetti, ut that would work great for using when making flowers for the stems to place into a cake.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this page, It has so many ideas and ways of sprucing up your house, I have used many of these techniques and would just say, if you take the time to learn them and practice you will make some of the most lovley houses anyone in your family has seen.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like this because there are clear instructions for each one but I wish that there were more ideas and maybe some full houses so you know how they will look on a house. Other then that, I really like the tips!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There are some great ideas here. Some I have used and more I may try even today. I've used the pretzels for fences, bridges and log piles. Every house is unique in it's own little way.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wonderful ideas! gives you a "step above" everyone else. Love the icicles and all the decorations. So easy to do, but looks so difficult. Thanks
Date published: 2011-01-12
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