Sometimes simple decorations can really help bring a project to life. With this Curls and Swirls Classic Gingerbread House, you can create a holiday treat that may look simple, but that sparkles with holiday shimmer. Sweet peppermint-inspired curls top this festive gingerbread house, and sugar-coated trees make it look like a fresh layer of snow has just fallen. A great project for anyone new to decorating gingerbread, this Classic Gingerbread House will help fine-tune your decorating skills so you can advance to more challenging houses next year!
Two days in advance: Make color flow trims. For all, outline shape with tip
2 and full-strength icing; let dry, then flow in with thinned icing in cut
parchment bag. Trace circles on paper using medium Cut-Out. On one
circle trace small Cut-Out in center for wreath. Cover with waxed paper.
For wreath, outline green circle, flow in between circles. For roof peak,
outline and pipe in 5 circles.
For eaves, outline and pipe in 26 semi-circles
1/4 in. wide.
For door awning and shutters on 3 back windows, outline and
pipe in 8 red rectangles, 1 1/2 x 3/4 in.
For shutters on front and side windows,
outline and pipe in 6 red rectangles, 1 x 1/2 in.
For trim above front window,
pipe a 3/4 in. puddle dot on waxed paper with thinned icing.
For wreath, pipe
tip 5 bead bow with outline streamers in full-strength icing; let dry. Reserve
remaining full-strength icing.
Assemble house using icing mix and base board from kit, following package
instructions. Ice roof smooth.
Pipe tip 5 zigzag garlands; cover with
Sparkling Sugar. Ice door and window areas smooth; outline with tip 5 and
full-strength icing. Add tip 2 dot doorknob. Brush awning, shutters,
semi-circles for eaves and wreath with Piping Gel and dip in matching sugar.
Attach bow to wreath with dots of icing. Pipe tip 5 swirls on roof peak trims
and tip 2 swirl on window trim; dip in red sugar. Pipe tip 5 outline window
sills; cover with Sparkling Sugar. Cut candy sticks to fit; brush with Piping
Gel, cover with Sparkling Sugar and attach to house corners with icing.
Attach remaining trims with icing.
For trees, cut cones from 3 to 4 1/2 in.
high. Brush with Piping Gel, cover with Sparkling Sugar and position.