Build a Gingerbread House

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

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