Your house will have a solid foundation if built with the recipes and construction techniques above. Now it’s time for the fun part: decorating!
With a solid foundation built on the construction techniques and recipes outlined above, you can take the decorating in any direction you want. After all, it’s an art, not a science, so let your imagination guide you, enlist a team of decorators or take inspiration from the themes below.
- As noted above, it’s always easier to decorate your house before assembly. Remember to allow time for decorations to set before attempting to assemble the house.
- If you don’t have the time to cut out and bake shingles or want to reserve those scraps for snacking—hey, we’re not judging!—NILLA wafers or Oreo cookies make great substitutes.
- Royal Icing is an extremely stiff frosting, which is why it’s the perfect “glue” for holding together your house.
- A decorator’s bag, or piping bag, is nice to have when assembling your house. Bags, writing tips and squeeze bottles are all widely available at craft stores, especially at Christmastime. If you don’t have a decorator’s bag, fashion your own from a resealable plastic bag. All the details for pulling it off are ready and waiting for you in our cookie decorating guide.
Choose Your Theme
Before you shop for decorations, decide on a decorating theme like the ones below.
Winter Gingerbread House
For a classic gingerbread house—the kind that would tempt Hansel and Gretel—raid the candy store! Old-fashioned gumdrops, round peppermint candies, red cinnamon candies and M&M’s® are must haves.
- Roof: Pipe a scalloped pattern onto the roof for shingles and add a colorful M&M’s® candy inside each shingle. Continue the rainbow-color theme by lining the peak of the roof and eaves with a line of gumdrops.
- Windows: Pipe on with frosting and add shutters made from sticks of gum, licorice or any other candy that fits.
- Walls: Pipe a string of lights onto the house with M&M’s® candies for bulbs.
- Door: Outline with licorice rope and accent with piped-on icing flourishes. Gumdrop shrubs look nice next to the door, especially when lightly coated with icing snow.
- Walkway: Coarsely crushed candy canes make colorful gravel.
- Landscaping: A snowman made of marshmallows is a fun finishing touch.
Candy Cane Lane House
For a cheerful color theme inspired by the season’s best candy, you’ll want peppermint sticks, round peppermint candies and of course, candy canes of all sizes.
- Roof: Pipe a diamond pattern on roof for shingles and dot each “x” with a red cinnamon candy to keep to your color theme. At the roof’s peak, add a thick line of icing and decorate with round peppermint candies.
- Windows: Piped on windows really pop when they’re adorned with peppermint sticks shutters.
- Walls: Instead of a wreath, add a sweet accent by “gluing” the hooks and ends of two mini candy canes so they meet and form a heart. Anchor each corner of your house with a peppermint stick.
- Door: Paste on a wafer cookie inside a doorframe made of peppermint sticks.
- Walkway: Round peppermint candies make perfect pavers here. Glue them down in an offset pattern.
- Landscaping: Add a peppermint stick light pole anchored in a gumdrop base.
For a little mountain lodge constructed of logs and buried in snow, you’ll need pretzel rods, pretzel snaps, gumdrops, graham crackers and mini candy canes.
- Roof: Add a thick layer of icing and top with finely shredded coconut. Along the eaves, pipe a row of icicles.
- Walls: Cover walls with pretzel rods sandwiched together with thick lines of royal icing for a log cabin look.
- Windows: Snap pretzels continue the theme as perfect, easy-to-attach windows. Make them stand out by piping on window frames and accenting with gumdrop window boxes.
- Door: A graham cracker door looks cute inside a piped frame accented with licorice ropes or candy canes.
- Walkway: Flood the “lawn” outside your lodge with frosting and add in some gingerbread rounds as pavers. Lay them in before the icing is set, so they look buried in snow.
- Landscaping: Pine tree cutouts are only natural here. Cut them out of your leftover dough using tree cutters of various sizes. A sled would be another nice touch. Construct one using two mini candy canes for runners and a graham cracker for the top.
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