It’s the holidays! It’s time for gumdrops, pinwheels and colorful candy. It’s time to spend afternoons with our families and build a sweet, colorful and fun world together; a world made of gingerbread, a charming place where gingerbread boys, reindeer and snowmen live. Plan for the project or make a mess with the kids; either way, take your time and enjoy every moment!
There are 2 ways of creating your own gingerbread world. The fastest is to use a kit. All Wilton Gingerbread House kits include pre-baked gingerbread cookie house panels, icing to assemble, candies, bag and tip to decorate. You would want to use a kit if you are tight on time; all instructions are included and there are design suggestions you can follow.
The other way is to bake the gingerbread from scratch. You would want to go this route if you want your home to smell wonderfully sweet, and if you want to customize your gingerbread house. You can bake and assemble the gingerbread while the kids are at school, and then decorate it with them. You will need the following basic items if you choose to go this route:
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Before you assemble your house, prepare the icing, place it in the decorating bag with tip, and cover any extra icing with a damp cloth, as it will dry hard otherwise. When I remember, I also like to place a glass or a bowl nearby to use to hold the house panels together as they dry. This time I did not remember to do so, and I used a calculator which just so happen to be on the table. The house will only need support for a few minutes, and then it will stand on its own as the icing dries. I recommend you let the house dry for at least an hour before you start decorating.
Start by decorating small beads of icing on the roof to and on the seams of the panels. This will cover any imperfection that might have occurred during assembly and it will make the house look prettier. If you have a specific design in mind and if you are precise in nature, this is the time to measure the distance between candies and icing lines. I simply eyeballed it, but I know that the great folks in the Wilton decorating room measure everything to perfection!
This is also the right time to think house accessories. The Wilton Gingerbread House Accents Kit contains pre-baked cookies that allow you to add dormers, a chimney, eaves, and even a sign post. You can also add pretty royal icing decorations.
I want my little house to be a small cottage in a snowy winter forest. I used 2 kits to create my forest. The large pre-baked Gingerbread Tree Kit, and the Mini Trees Kit. Assembling the trees is so easy and fast: simply stack each star shaped cookie with icing, alternating the points of each star in different directions. Then use green icing, white icing, and candy to decorate it.
Finally, here is my little gingerbread cottage. This is not the end, I want to add more trees around, I think it will look even prettier that way. Once you are done decorating, let your house and trees dry before transferring them on a tray or cookie sheet. Once you have decided what the final position is going to be, sprinkle powdered sugar or shredded coconut all around to create a snowy look. You can also add White Cake Sparkles™ and achieve a shiny and sugary effect.
If your kids want to bring their decorated house to grandma and grandpa, use this handy gingerbread house carrier. Place your house on the open display, then close it up and bring it with you.
Be sure to browse all our gingerbread decorating ideas and projects. Have loads of fun decorating and happy holidays to all !!