I taught a baking class one year at this time. The College hosted a “Christmas at the College” event so we built a Gingerbread Village.
We invited small children in to decorate graham cracker houses and students created large house. Here is a gallery of the different houses on display.
Notice the windows, inside lighting, stained glass and the one Thomas Kincaid House and look for the ice skater and the 3 little pigs houses made from “straw, sticks and bricks”.
There are a lot of ideas for decorating your gingerbread house. Some materials you can use are:
- Ice cream cones: traditional and sugar cones for roof peaks and trees
- Sheet gelatin for windows, you can make stained glass by using a cotton swab and food coloring
- Rock candy for rock walls and pathways
- Shredded wheat for thatched roofs and frosted shredded wheat for snow topped
- Dentine gum for bricks
- Marshmallows for snow men
- Candy corn for candle flames
- Pretzel rods and sticks for fence posts and fire wood stacks
- Hold your house together with hot glue and then cover the glue with royal icing. The house will hold together better and not be as fragile.
- Don’t cut walls too thin. They need to be strong enough to support the weight of the roof and all the candy you are going to stuck to it.
- Use a sturdy board as the base so you can move the house around on the base and not have to lift the actual house itself to move around.
- Plan a hole in the bottom of the board to stuff twinkle lights into so the inside of the house lights up.