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.
4 thoughts on “A Gingerbread Village”
These houses look incredible, I can’t believe kids made them! 😀
Choc Chip Uru
The really little kids decorated small graham cracker houses while the large ones were made by college students in culinary studies.
So many pictures! They all did a great job. Was this a competition?
Those are all good tips. Also, red and black licorice sticks make great roof supports, and life saver candies or hard candy crushed and baked will also make strong see through window.
Not a competition but a large display as a class project for the event.