Nothing says the holidays like gingerbread house decorations. But, sometimes we鈥檇 rather skip the making-the-house part. Lucky for us, the folks at Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar have a pre-assembled gingerbread house just waiting to be decorated like the dickens. Each gingerbread house comes with a bunch of festive candies, but we hit up Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar in person to stock up on even more gummy candies, candy canes and a whole collection of colorful candy accoutrements.

Gingerbread House Decorations

Armed with more candy than you鈥檝e even seen in person before, we created five gorgeous gingerbread houses: Candy Cane, Emerald City, Stripes + Lights, Color Blocked Craziness and Gold Rush.

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First thing鈥檚 first: get yourself a gingerbread house and mix up a batch of royal icing.

Candy Gingerbread House Decorations

Then, it鈥檚 time for CANDY. Seriously.

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Talk about a sugar rush.

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Now, let鈥檚 start tricking out these houses!

CANDY CANE Gingerbread House

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The key to decorating any gingerbread house is to make sure you plan your design. For this candy cane house, we used Assorted Christmas Candies ($32 for a gift box), Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar Signature Holiday Paint Can ($30), as well as gumdrops, peppermints and candy canes.

Candy Cane Gingerbread House Decoration

You鈥檙e going to need a LOT of royal icing to stick on all the little candies! Make sure you鈥檝e got two piping bags per house, just in case. We created a scalloped roof complete with red polka dots. Candy canes flank the door, welcoming you in, and we鈥檙e particularly in love with the sour gummy hedges in the front.

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Add your finishing touches.

Candy Cane Gingerbread House Decoration

Voila!

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So obsessed with this roof.

EMERALD CITY GingerBread House

Green Gingerbread House Decoration

We took inspiration from the land of Oz for this lean green holiday machine of a house. We dug into the Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar Tackle Box ($24) and Mini Bin Filled with Mini Gumballs ($16) to pull out tons of green goodies.

Green Gingerbread House Decoration

The roof of your gingerbread house is definitely the best canvas for creativity. We created polka dot and squiggly stripes on this green roof. And sour gummy shutters? Yes please.

Green Gingerbread House Decoration

How fun are those fish at the top of the door? Sort of remind us of Eureeka鈥檚 castle.

STRIPES + LIGHTS GingerBread House

Stripes and Lights Gingerbread House Decoration

Next up, stripes and lights. What do we mean by lights? Why, Holiday Lights Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds ($22), of course! We also added in Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar Wizard of Oz 鈥淥ver the Rainbow鈥 Paint Can ($16) to create our striped roof.

Stripes and Lights Gingerbread House Decoration

Cut up gummy stripes to be the same length as your roof. Use royal icing to attach. Create icing windows and adorn with rainbow shutters.

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Then use royal icing to create a string for your 鈥渓ights鈥 to hang on.

Stripes and Lights Gingerbread House Decoration

We couldn鈥檛 resist creating a few Christmasy hedges in the front of the house, complete with bright pink lights on top.

Stripes and Lights Gingerbread House Decoration

It almost looks too good to eat.

COLOR BLOCKED Gingerbread House

Colorful Gingerbread House Decoration

The more colors, the better. This house is all about letting your decorating imagination run wild. You can order pretty much any box of candy to bring this color block craziness to life. We used a mix of Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar Signature Holiday Tackle Box ($24), Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar Tackle Box ($24), Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar Everything Under the Sun Paint Can ($16) and Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar Whirly Pops ($3.25 each).

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We started with a criss-cross roof and embellished with floral candies.

Colorful Gingerbread House Decoration

Then, it鈥檚 time to add color everywhere you possibly can.

Rainbow Gingerbread House Decoration

One fish, two fish, blue fish, blue fish!

GOLD RUSH Gingerbread House

Gold Gingerbread House Decoration

Finally, we鈥檙e bringing the gold rush back with this minimalist design. The gingerbread dudes from Dylan鈥檚 Signature Holiday Paint Can ($17) are what really take this sleek look to the next level.

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First cover the roof with icing, then add in gold stars. Use white chocolate-covered pretzels on the front of the house, and make sure to make dripping icicles out of your icing.

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To finish it off, add snow piles around the house to give it a truly wintery vibe.

Gold Gingerbread House Decoration

Done and done. And complete with a gummy gingerbread dude welcoming you in. Go ahead and pop a kiss off the top 鈥 we won鈥檛 tell.

Gingerbread House Decorations
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How to Decorate a Gingerbread House

And there you have it. Five ways to decorate the best gingerbread house ever.

Happy holidays!

This post is a collaboration with Dylan鈥檚 Candy Bar.