Why has no one ever told me how much fun decorating a gingerbread house could be?! I mean, I can see the appeal of the sugary treats and brightly coloured candy but creating a visually appealing Gingerbread Log Cabin?! Cummon! Super fun. And I had no idea. LOL I always left gingerbread house decorating to the kids and watched them slip, slap, slop on all the icing sugar and candy in a way that basically allowed them to pick it off and eat it as soon as possible. Are you with me mommas? So this year I decided to see what all the fuss was about and created my very own Log Cabin Gingerbread House.
Adorable right?! And way easier to decorate than I expected!
I like to simplify things as much as possible whenever creating craft projects and/or baking. So this year I went to our local bulk foods store (Bulk Barn) and loaded up on supplies. I purchased our gingerbread houses already assembled!!! How brilliant is that? I also picked up pre-packaged icing sugar all ready to go. Then it was a simple process of buying a variety of festive candy and pretzels for log cabin building.
EZ Build royal icing. I mean, the name says it all!!
Red and green all. the. things. These gum drops were delicious by the way. Good luck trying to save enough for gingerbread house decorating!
I also like to lay things out in trays or dishes for the boys. I find that this helps to keep the mess to a minimum and makes everything easier to find while building and decorating.
I was very selective when picking out pretzels. I had to be sure to use the most whole, straight pretzels available. It was a bit like what I imagine a general contractor goes through when building a house. LOL
I simply layered the pretzels onto the house using the icing like cement. I used waffle pretzels for windows and broken bits of pretzel to fill in the gaps.
Dripy icing makes for great snow! And shingles were created using a fine icing tip and M&Ms.
The wreath was created using sprinkles and a bit of icing. Sprinkles!! So fun. Now allow me to share Isaiah’s masterpiece…
Do you see how candy is placed with the utmost thought to how quickly he could pick it off an eat it?! Smart, right?
Green grass and a red door.
His gingerbread house looks totally delicious!