Bring some Christmas magic to your home this weird, wacky holiday season with a classic wintertime tradition: decorating a gingerbread house! These edible establishments, made out of gingerbread or graham crackers, are fun to decorate with an assortment of colorful candies and make a fun presentation on your holiday table.
But, there are different ways to approach decorating your gingerbread house, whether you take the more traditional route or choose to go with an idea that’s completely out of the box. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our ideas for your gingerbread house decoration project below!
Gingerbread Christmas Cottage
Keep your gingerbread house looking traditional by approaching your decorating with a seasonal theme. Stick to a red and green palette with plenty of white icing to make snow-covered roofs and icicles. Gumdrops, peppermints and seasonally colored MM’s make for the perfect decorating ammunition, as well. With this gingerbread house idea, don’t be afraid to get too festive – such a concept doesn’t exist!
Life on the farm is super sweet, especially when you live in an amazing and flagrant gingerbread barn! This gingerbread or graham cracker creation can feature a pretzel stick fence, a silo made from shredded wheat, and even animal cookies to give it a real, rural feel. The country-as-can-be project will add a cheerful, rustic touch to your holiday décor, and it's so easy to put together!
Who wouldn’t want to curl up in a cozy gingerbread cabin? This idea can be dressed up with shredded wheat cereal, pretzel rods, and neutral colored jellybeans a totally realistic look. Embellish the front door entryway with mounted candy “antlers” on the front door, made from a chocolate disc and broken pretzel pieces. Seriously, you will have a mini-cabin on your hands with this idea!
Gingerbread Ski Lodge
With a little effort, a basic a-frame gingerbread house kit becomes a snowy ski lodge. If you have enough time on your hands, which many of us do during the pandemic, consider baking your very own! Then, use candy dark, speckle-colored jellybeans for the rocks on the exterior, rolled wafer cookies to represent the exposed beams and a heaping amount of royal icing for the snow-kissed rooftop.
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