Gingerbread House Decorations to Take Your Creation to the Next Level

Complete the holiday scene with an edible landscape.

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So you made a gingerbread house? If you’re going to display the edible holiday home before digging in, spend some extra time to make the landscape look festive, too. These delicious sugar-laden trimmings, which can all be eaten, are easy to make and provide an afternoon of fun for the whole family.

What You’ll Need:

Getting Started

  1. Lay the giant marshmallow sheet directly on your cookie sheet. (This will make for an easy transport once you’re finished!)
  2. Using the royal frosting or white icing from your gingerbread house kit, frost the your gingerbread house onto the giant marshmallow sheet.

To make trees:

  1. Melt green candy melts in the melting pot.
  2. Coat sugar cones in the green candy melts and then roll in green sanding sugar.
  3. Add sugar pearl ornaments and a star for decoration.
  4. Once dry, attach them to your marshmallow sheet (upside down) using royal frosting or candy melts.

To make a walkway:

  1. Using a piping bag or spatula, spread royal frosting in the desired shape in front of your gingerbread house.
  2. Add sprinkles, sugar pearls, or jellybeans to the frosting and let them set.

To make a sleigh:

  1. Using royal frosting, attach a graham cracker to two candy canes.
  2. Add an edible snowman for a fun sleigh ride!

To make a snowman:

  1. Dip the snowman shaped cookie cutter in powdered sugar and then cut out the shape from an extra marshmallow sheet.
  2. Coat the edges of the marshmallow shape in powdered sugar.
  3. Using a black food writer, draw on eyes, nose, a mouth, and buttons.
  4. You can even add a scarf with a piece of fruit leather or a gum drop hat!

To make an ice skating rink:

  1. Melt blue candy melts in the melting pot.
  2. On parchment paper, create a circular shape with the melted blue candy. Make sure it’s not too thin! Let dry.
  3. Carefully peel the ice rink shape from the parchment paper and adhere it to your marshmallow sheet using a bit of melted candy.
  4. Pipe a snowy edge around the outside of the ice skating rink using white icing and add white sanding sugar.
  5. Cut slivers from gumdrops and stick them to the bottom of the candy gingerbread men to make ice skates.
  6. Using white icing, attach the gingerbread to the ice skating rink.

To make a fence:

  1. Melt white candy melts in the melting pot.
  2. Dip the bottom of the chocolate-coated pretzels in the candy melts and attached them side by side to create a fence along the border of the giant marshmallow. (You could also use peppermint sticks to make a fence!)