Easy Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

Get into the yuletide spirit with our Christmas ideas. From decorations to recipes and all the crafting in between we've got you covered this holiday.

Build a Gingerbread House

Create a sparkling candy-coated cottage the easy way with everyday supplies.

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Colorful House

Decorating with candies in holiday colors and brighter hues makes for a truly show-stopping gingerbread house. We used sweets commonly available at the supermarket.

HOUSE:

  •  Wilton Pre-Baked Gingerbread House Kit (not assembled); www.wilton.com
  •  Royal icing

**Make extra royal icing: Beat 2 large egg whites with 2 tsp. lemon juice. Sift 3 to 3½ cups confectioners' sugar; beat into whites until smooth. Keep tightly covered.**

ROOF:

  •  Strawberry licorice laces
  •  Jelly Belly Tropical Mix jelly beans
  •  Red Twizzlers
  •  M&M's Peanut Butter candies

CHIMNEYS:

  •  Starburst Fruit Chews

WINDOWS:

  •  Red Twizzlers
  •  Strawberry licorice laces

DOOR:

  •  Red Twizzlers
  •  Trolli Peachie-O's
  •  Haribo Strawberry Licorice Wheel
  •  Green Life SaversGummies Sourscandy (wreath)

LANDSCAPING:

  •  Yogurt-covered mini pretzels
  •  Creme Savers hard candy
  •  Spearmint leaves
  •  Wilton White Sparkling Sugar

SNOWMAN:

  •  White gumballs
  •  Yellow Haribo Fruity Pasta Gummi candy
  •  Small yellow gumdrop (bottom half cut off)

 

 
 

Tudor House

Instead of a cottage, create an architectural masterpiece! Build this structure around simple household items such as graham cracker and beer boxes.

Quick Tip: For a snow-capped roof, use frosted shredded wheat-and-bran cereal.

HOUSE:

  •  One cardboard 12-pack box for beer or other beverage
  •  Corrugated cardboard
  •  Empty graham cracker box
  •  Empty spaghetti box
  •  Packing tape

DECORATION:

  •  Royal icing
  •  Red and green food coloring
  •  Graham crackers
  •  Spoon-size shredded wheat-and-bran cereal
  •  Licorice Allsorts
  •  Butter waffle cookies
  •  Jelly Belly jelly beans
  •  Old-fashioned stick candy
  •  Red Twizzlers
  •  Green apple gum by the foot
  •  Spearmint leaves
  •  Rock candy lollipops
  •  Red gumdrops
  •  Green Chuckles
  •  Red fruit leather
  •  Black licorice Scottie dog
  •  Haribo raspberry candies

 

 


Red, White and Green House

Quick Tip: Use gel-paste food coloring to tint batches of royal icing red or green (icing colors, $2 for 1 oz.; www.wilton.com).

Use favorite candies in holiday colors to give this house the look of an updated classic. Pipe extra royal icing to create icicles, snowdrifts and an overall wintry feel.

HOUSE:

  •  Wilton Pre-Baked Gingerbread House Kit (not assembled); www.wilton.com
  •  Royal icing
  •  Red food coloring

ROOF:

  •  Red and green Haribo Fruity Pasta Gummi candy (buy extra bags to get enough red and green candies)
  •  Red and green mini fruit slices

CHIMNEYS:

  •  Assorted red and white peppermint candies
  •  Green Tic Tacs

CIRCULAR WINDOW:

  •  Red Haribo Fruity Pasta Gummi candy or Kellogg's Yogos Rollers (each cut to 1" length)
  •  Zappin'-Apple Sour Punch Straws (garland)

SIDE WINDOW:

  •  Red Haribo Fruity Pasta Gummi candy

FRONT DOOR:

  •  Kellogg's Yogos Rollers
  •  Green M&M's Minis candy (doorknob)
  •  Green sour gummy bears (garland)

LANDSCAPING:

  •  Sour gummy bears
  •  Spearmint leaves
  •  Spice drops

SNOW:

  •  Wilton White Sparkling Sugar