This Blogmas post comes partly from me and partly from my friend Lola who visited last weekend, she gave me a ‘Build Your Own Gingerbread House Kit’ and this post is well, just that!
Now, I could have cheated a little and pretended that I made this one myself but I think it’s a little obvious. I have actually built one from scratch before, me and Cameron made one a couple of years ago and painstakingly built it together. I’ll include some photographs of the finished product, I’m still SO proud that we made it from scratch! Please appreciate our working door and stained glass windows!
Let’s build a house:
Now, before we start, a little disclaimer – Gingerbread House kits seem SO easy from the outside but can lead to A LOT of stress! Thankfully, me and Cameron (seasoned professionals in the Gingerbread House construction business) were able to avoid several major disasters throughout the building process.
Firstly, the dreaded main frame – never, ever, build a house using the icing included in Gingerbread House kits! We had to put so much icing on to get the walls to stand up and stay together and it actually worked a little better when Cameron spread the icing out a little. Add a jar in the middle to stop the walls falling in and boxes round the outside and we produced this – ta-da!
I added some snow icing to the edges to not only help them stick but to make it all pretty and snowy!
Obviously the most exciting part of the building process is the decorating but sadly, the decorations weren’t quite up to scratch for me… So, we bought some more! Add to the three types of jelly sweets some white and milk chocolate buttons and some ‘Decorate Your Own Reindeer Macarons’ and you have all the decorations you could want!
I was pretty much left to my own devices for this part of the building process, Cameron was building the Reindeer whilst I tiled the roof and ensured Rudolph landed safely in the snow.
I got a little too involved in the creation process so I forgot to take photographs throughout so you’ll have to make do with the finished product. Just so you know, I’m so proud and I sort of want to move in already! Where are my bags?
Let me know if you’ll be building your own Gingerbread House this Christmas, you could even make your own using the recipe in this post.
All photography featured in this post is my own.