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Gather the Equipment You'll Need to Decorate a Gingerbread House
Gather the equipment you'll need to decorate a gingerbread house

Gather the equipment you'll need to decorate a gingerbread house.

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Here's what you'll need to decorate an assembled gingerbread house:
  • Candy decorations. Unwrap all candy (except foil-wrapped) and place each type in a seaprate bowl. You don't want to be stuck unwrapping a candy cane while the royal icing begins to harden.

  • Use an oatmeal box or something tall to set the house on while decorating. You have to stand to assemble a gingerbread house, but when decorating a gingerbread house, sit down with the house at eye level.

Decorating Ideas
  • Foil-wrapped Santas, snowmen, toy soldiers, medallions, bells

  • For shutters -- wafer cookies, Andes Mints, mini candy bars, sticks of gum

  • For roofs -- nonpareils, gum drops, vanilla wafers, mini cookies, Necco Wafers, mini frosted Shredded Wheat

  • For fences -- chocolate-covered pretzels, regular mini pretzels, mini cookies, mini teddy grahamas, mini gingerbread men, candy canes, Star Brite mints

  • For an ice skating pond -- blue mints micorwaved on parchment paper until they melt

  • For trees and bushes -- green leaves

  • Snow -- confectioners' sugar or edible glitter (available at cake supply stores)

  • Pile of logs -- mini Tootsie Rolls
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