Finishing our Gingerbread House on Christmas Eve wasn't what I had planned, but it was fun!
If you missed how to bake and construct your own Gingerbread House, click HERE.
And here's the full scene. Gingerbread House with Chimney, Candy Walkway with Bridge, Gum Drop Snowman, and Dog House with Dog and Doggie Poo. Oh yes, and snow.
If you're in a hurry, or have little patience, make sure to have a large tip on hand to pipe large amounts of icing quickly. And have a smaller tip for smaller areas.
We used Necco wafers in overlapping rows for the shingled roof (below). We used broken wafers for a stucco look on the front (above). The large peppermint poles that look like barber shop poles are Bob's Sweet Stripes Soft Mint Candy. The candy canes at the door are just classic candy canes. The pathway to the house is made with Nerds and AirHeads Extremes Sweetly Sour Belts. The shutters on the window are fruit slices.
To make the shingled roof, pipe a large stripe of icing and smoosh the wafer in. Make sure to start at the bottom of the roof, then add an overlapping row with the new row of wafers placed in between the row below.
The sides of the house are decorated with Air Heads Xtremes Sweetly Sour Belts. They are super easy to cut and paste on the side of the house. Use your small tip to place a thin stripe of icing on the side of the house where the strips will go, or place the icing on the back of the strip. Just don't use the smooshing technique here. You want a clean look.
I was short on time, short on icing, and short on ideas for the back of the house. So I used the small tip to pipe some random icing on the back, like this ….
…then I cut large marshmallows in 4 slices each, dipped the sticky side in sugar, and stuck the other side against the house (see below for the marshmallow look and above to see how little icing you need for it all to stick). Once all the marshmallows are on, you can continue to use your small tip to fill in the exposed areas with more icing.
I used Raisinettes for the chimney. Cut them in half with a sharp knife and be careful of the crumbs.
Twizzlers would also be good for the roof. We used them below for the dog house. The photo below shows the back of the houses.
And this is the front of the dog house
Alyssa made this dog house out of graham crackers. The candy canes are from CVS drug store, and were surprisingly easy to cut fairly cleanly. She made a dog by cutting up a large marshmallow or two, and covering it with frosting. The eyes are Nerds, the ears and "poopy" pile are Santa's Coal Bubble Gum, which I bought at CVS drug store.
And here's a little snow man made of gum drops, icing and Nerds. Finish it all of by slapping on lots of icing on the base, using a rubber spatula. Work quickly – it dries fast. While it's wet, sprinkle plain white sugar (lightly), or use edible, clear or white cake sparkles to look like glistening snow.