5 Ways to Decorate the Best Gingerbread House EVER
Nothing says the holidays like gingerbread house decorations. But, sometimes we'd rather skip the making-the-house part. Lucky for us, the folks at Dylan's 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's Candy Bar in person to stock up on even more gummy candies, candy canes and a whole collection of colorful candy accoutrements.
Armed with more candy than you've even seen in person before, we created five gorgeous gingerbread houses: Candy Cane, Emerald City, Stripes + Lights, Color Blocked Craziness and Gold Rush.
How to make the best gingerbread house ever...
First thing’s first: get yourself a gingerbread house and mix up a batch of royal icing.
Then, it’s time for CANDY. Seriously.
Talk about a sugar rush.
Now, let’s start tricking out these houses!
Check out these creative gingerbread house ideas!
CANDY CANE Gingerbread House
Grab a Dylan’s Candy Bar Signature Holiday Paint Can ($30; Alt: Down Under Delight Paint Can, $17), as well as gumdrops, peppermints and candy canes.
You’re going to need a LOT of royal icing to stick on all the little candies! Make sure you’ve 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’re particularly in love with the sour gummy hedges in the front.
Add your finishing touches.
So obsessed with this roof.
For this house, you'll need a Mini Bin Filled with Mini Gumballs ($16; Alt: Sour Gumballs Bulk Bag, $6) and then you can pull out all of the green goodies.
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.
How fun are those fish at the top of the door? Sort of remind us of Eureeka’s castle.
STRIPES + LIGHTS GingerBread House
Dylan’s Candy Bar Wizard of Oz “Over the Rainbow” Paint Can ($16; Alt: Dylan's Candy Bar Rainbow Sour Belts Paint Can, $17) to create our striped roof.
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.
Then use royal icing to create a string for your “lights” to hang on.
We couldn’t resist creating a few Christmasy hedges in the front of the house, complete with bright pink lights on top.
It almost looks too good to eat.
These gingerbread house designs are creative and so simple!
COLOR BLOCKED Gingerbread House
Just pick out some Dylan’s Candy Bar Tackle Box ($24; Alt: Dylan's Candy Bar Classic Christmas Tackle Box, $28), Dylan’s Candy Bar Everything Under the Sun Paint Can($17) and Dylan’s Candy Bar Whirly Pops ($3.75 each) to make this house.
We started with a criss-cross roof and embellished with floral candies.
Then, it’s time to add color everywhere you possibly can.
One fish, two fish, blue fish, blue fish!
GOLD RUSH Gingerbread House
Finally, we’re bringing the gold rush back with this minimalist design. The gingerbread dudes from Dylan’s Signature Holiday Paint Can ($17; Alt: Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Land Mix Bulk Bag, $9) are what really take this sleek look to the next level.
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.
To finish it off, add snow piles around the house to give it a truly wintery vibe.
Done and done. And complete with a gummy gingerbread dude welcoming you in. Go ahead and pop a kiss off the top — we won’t tell.
And there you have it. Five ways to decorate the best gingerbread house ever.
We hope you have found some new gingerbread house decorations to get creative and inspired by this holiday. Tag us on Instagram when you complete, join our newsletter for more holiday inspiration, or take the Gingerbread House making class on B+C Classes!
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