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Curls & Swirls Classic Gingerbread House

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!
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Step 1

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.

Step 2

Assemble house using icing mix and base board from kit, following package instructions. Ice roof smooth.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

For trees, cut cones from 3 to 4 1/2 in. high. Brush with Piping Gel, cover with Sparkling Sugar and position.

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The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

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