Note: Decorate gingerbread pieces before assembly.
Decorate woodgrain base. Use spatula and black icing to lightly cover base, so icing goes into embossed areas. Use edge of spatula to scrape off excess icing. Set aside.
Decorate window. Use white icing to fill in window area. Use black icing to outline windowpane. Roll out yellow fondant very thin. Cut two strips, 5 ½ x 3 in. and one strip 1 ¼ x 6 ½ in. Pleat one short end of two strips and attach to window for curtains. Pleat long end of one strip and attach for valance. Set aside to dry.
Decorate tree. Use green icing to pipe loose zigzags in sections, beginning at the bottom and working up. Attach candy. Set aside.
Decorate brick wall. Use white icing to outline where brick wall area 1 in. from side edges, 4 ¼ in wide and 3 ¾ in down from top edge. Fill in lightly with white icing. Roll out red fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut bricks ½ x 1 in. rectangles and ½ in. squares. Begin at top and attach 6 rows of 4 bricks, leaving 1/8 in. between. Use green icing to pipe pull out dot wreath. Attach candy.
Assemble fireplace. Snap apart fireplace pieces. Use red icing to pipe zigzags at seams and attach front and sides of fireplace. Use white icing to attach mantle, making sure the fireplace sits level and even with front of fireplace (there was a gap about ¼ in. at back of mantel). Set aside.
Decorate picture wall. Roll out red fondant 1/16 in. thick, cut a 2 in. square, attach to center of wall ¾ in. from top edge. Use green icing to pipe zigzag tree in picture, attach candy. Use white icing to outline picture and pipe dots. Use green icing to pipe wreaths on either side of picture. Roll two small bows of red fondant and attach to wreaths.
Attach fireplace. Use icing to attach fireplace to picture wall, make sure the fireplace and wall sit level.
Assemble scene. Pipe icing along bottom edge of back wall and one side edge. Pipe icing along bottom and straight edge of one angled side wall. Join on top of wood grain base, hold in place until set. Repeat for other side. Let dry 2-3 hours before further decorating.
Decorate fireplace. Use remaining red fondant to shape stockings, attach to edge of mantle; also shape a gift box. Use white icing to pipe tops on stockings. Use green icing to pipe bow on gift box. Attach candy leaves to top of mantle. Use black icing to cover inside of fireplace. Roll yellow and red fondant into flames. Position inside fireplace.
Complete the scene. Use white icing to pipe snow along top edges.
Gingerbread Kit used: Cozy Fireplace Gingerbread Scene 2104-6836