Today I want to share a fun project I did with my daughter over the weekend. My husband came home the night before Christmas Eve with a Make Your Own Gingerbread House Kit a friend from work gave him. She thought the kids may like building it.
Well, I was so frazzled with the MANY things I had going on that I placed it on top of the fridge and forgot about it. I just did not have the time to deal with another project. That’s where it sat for the past month and a half. I contemplated just letting the kids tear it open and just eat the pieces. I hated to throw it away. One day my daughter suggested making a VALENTINE’S DAY Gingerbread house. HHHHM. Not a bad idea. The cookie pieces were sealed very well and the expiration date on the box was August of 2012. OK!
I went out and bought some of those ever so popular Candy Conversation hearts and some RED HOTS to add some more RED to the candy supply.
First Step…. Start by adding a bead of Royal Icing (It came in the kit) to the edges of the front.
Fit each piece together to construct the house…
Add the roof with some more Royal Icing. After this step I let the little house sit overnight so the icing would harden.
Now for the really fun part. Grab your little helper and start decorating the house with all those sweet candies. Secure the candy with more Royal Icing and TRY not to eat more than you put on!
And that’s it! This project was very easy and fun to do. By using a store bought kit, in less than an hour you can construct and decorate an adorable (and Heavenly Smelling) Gingerbread House, perfect for the Holidays, or in our case, Valentine’s Day!
I think it came out pretty cute!
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Happy Valentine’s Day!