The holiday season is here and it’s time to craft! Today I’m sharing my own take on creating a gingerbread house. Rather than creating just a single house, I wanted to build an entire village. You can do so by crafting multiple houses, or just one house paired with other Christmas decor. With some help from JoAnn’s, I was able to create my very own gingerbread house vignette and I’m here to tell you just how I did it.
- Gingerbread house kit
- Icing (Wilton brand, found at JoAnn’s)
- Icing Tips (Wilton brand, I purchased the starter kit from JoAnn’s)
- Icing Bags (Wilton brand, found at Joann’s)
- Icing Couplers (Wilton brand, found at JoAnn’s)
- Holiday Candies
- Marshmallows (for the “snow”)
- Multiple Assorted Cake Stands (I found my galvanized cake stands from JoAnn’s)
- Mini Holiday Trees (found at JoAnn’s)
- Mini Battery Operated Lights
- Wooden Reindeer (found at JoAnn’s)
First, gather all your supplies to make your gingerbread house (i.e. candies, icing, gingerbread etc.) The setup for your “village” will come later, so you can go ahead and put those decorations to the side for now.
I decided to stick to just green and red for my gingerbread house, but the world is your playground when it comes to decorating gingerbread houses. I’ve seen some that mimic real cottages, all the way to houses that look like they’re straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Next, I separated my candies into different bowls to help me stay organized while I decorate my house. This is also a good thing to do if you plan on hosting a gingerbread decorating party. It provides your guests a pretty set-up that’s also practical!
After you’re all set up, start assembling just the walls of the gingerbread house (make sure to assemble it on the cardboard base that the kit provides). You also want to make sure your gingerbread house isn’t too big for your cake stand because we’ll be setting it on top of your largest stand here in a second.
Once you have the “walls up” place the undecorated house onto your largest cake stand and begin decorating. To keep my house steady while I decorated it, I laid the “snow” (aka white icing and marshmallows) to help my house stick to the cake stand.
As you can tell, when I decorated my house, I really focused on the icing and not as much on the candy – I loved playing with all of the different icing tips and I’m so happy I decided to purchase the multi-pack starter kit from JoAnn’s.
Helpful Hint: Test out a few different techniques on a paper plate before you apply the decorative icing to your gingerbread house. I’m SO happy I did this because I was pretty messy in my first few “test runs.” I tried all six of the different tips to figure out my favorite style. I also found it helpful to warm up the icing by massaging the icing bag in your hand for about a minute.
Once your gingerbread house is all decorated, now it’s time to setup the rest of your vignette. I purchased four different cake stands in order to give my vignette some height and dimension. Play around with your holiday accessories and mini trees that you chose for your vignette. I moved mine around about three different times before I felt happy with my arrangement.
Sprinkle some candies throughout, add your lights, and you’re done! You’ve successfully created your own little gingerbread house vignette.
Like I said earlier, this is also the perfect setup for a gingerbread decorating party with your family and friends. It’s also a great craft to create with your kiddos, too!