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3 New Ways to Decorate Your Gingerbread House

One long-standing tradition for the holiday season is decorating a gingerbread house. When it comes to decorating, the possibilities are endless – you just have to use your imagination! We can help get your creativity moving with these three new ways to decorate your gingerbread house.

1. Color Mist

Silver Gingerbread House

Give your gingerbread house a fresh paint job with Color Mist Food Color Spray. Make your house shine bright for the holidays with a beautiful silver finish, or use red for a house filled with holiday cheer. Use pearl Color Mist to add a coat of shimmer to any color, or use it on the gingerbread alone for a subtle sparkle. For the most even coverage, let each coat of Color Mist dry for at least 5 minutes before starting the next coat. Use white icing to pipe windows, doors, icicles and snowflake detail on the house. Get the how-to here.Color Mist Gingerbread House

2. FoodWriters

Artfully Drawn Gingerbread Cottage

Have a knack for drawing? If yes, this idea is perfect for you! Use assorted FoodWriters to draw doors, windows, shingles and designs on each panel of the house. This is also a fun and easy way for children to add their own personal touch to gingerbread decorating. It’s easiest to draw on each panel before assembling your house, but you can also use FoodWriters on a finished house to add accents and finishing touches. Use a straight edge or a ruler to help draw straight lines. Draw on each panel before assembling your house, then attach with icing according to the instructions. See how it’s done here.

Artfully Drawn Gingerbread Cottage

3. Fondant

Gingerbread House with Fondant Decorations

Fondant is an easy way to add beautiful accents to your gingerbread house, and fondant pieces make great detail for the roof. Roll out chocolate fondant to 1/8 of an inch thick, then use the round end of tip 1M to cut out small circles. Use a food safe paint brush to wet the back of each piece with water, then attach the pieces to the roof. Make sure to offset and overlap each piece to look like shingles. Get the full details here.

Gingerbread House with Fondant Decorations

I hope these ideas have inspired you to try something new with your gingerbread decorating tradition! Share your gingerbread creations with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!



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4 Tips for Hosting a Gingerbread Decorating Party

Nothing says holiday tradition like decorating gingerbread houses with the kiddos. I just love seeing their masterpieces when it’s all said and done. When I was little, I used lots of “snow” (royal icing) and stuck as many candies on that house that would possibly fit. I might have eaten just as many candies during the decorating process. Those are some of the most fun memories I have of holidays past. I invite you to make sugar frosted memories of your own with a decorating party for kids!

Here are 4 quick tips to get you started:

1. Use pre-made gingerbread kits, like Wilton’s Pre-Baked Gingerbread House Kit, or bake homemade gingerbread men and houses, but assemble before your little helpers arrive. Build Your Gingerbread HouseTip: Arrange the houses on top of an aluminum foil covered cardboard piece, measure to fit within the gift box you’ll send them home with.

2. Arrange a decorating station with candy like Necco Wafers, licorice, red hots, gumdrops, shredded coconut, LifeSavers, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, M&Ms and other brightly colored candy. Use a muffin or cupcake pan to display different ingredients. Candy Station Candy StationDecorate with CandiesTip: Use pretzel sticks to make a log cabin gingerbread house

3. Set up a treats & hot cocoa bar to keep little helpers from eating all the decorations. Serve candy canes, gingerbread cookies and other festive treats. Hot Cocoa Cookies4. Send them home with their gingerbread houses.

Did you make gingerbread houses when you were little? Tell us about your traditions!