|Posted: 12/4/2012 6:57:33 AM|
I would use gum for the karate belts, roll it out, and then use food coloring to paint on the different colors of the belt.
Get some meringue powder to make your royal icing.
If you don't have a stand mixer, borrow one so that you can make small batches of the royal icing.
Don't be afraid to use foam board to add internal structure to your house. Use the royal icing to glue on foam board to inside of your gingerbread structure and underneath your roof structure (if the rules allows for that).
If you cannot use foam board, then use extra sheets of the gingerbread inside the building to provide internal support.
I personally like the look of using candies for the decorations versus using fondant. The fondant can appear very "one note". Using the candies adds texture to the house.
Below are some ideas to add to your candy shopping list:
Roof: Necco Wafers, mini marshmallows, shredded wheat cereal, oats, Rice Krispies, gumdrops, Andes Mints, crushed Butterfingers, corn flakes, peppermints, M&M's, Skittles, Starbursts, sliced Snickers, nuts, Spree
Tree: ice cream cones decorated with silver balls, and red hots, mini candy canes + jelly fruit slices
Doors: Nestle Crunch, Hershey's Bars, graham crackers, stick gum
Doormat: Pez, Chicklets
Walls: stick gum, caramels sliced, Skittles cut in half, jelly beans cut in half
Windows: lined in royal icing, melt candy for glass windows
Windowpanes: crushed clear red candies
Shutters: Hershey's chocolate bars, crackers, Nestle's Crunch, stick gum, Andes Mints
Fences: pretzel sticks, shaped pretzels
Mosaic path: licorice pieces, colorful candy-coated chocolate pieces, Spree, Snickers, nuts, Rice Krispies, Skittles, M&Ms , Starbursts, candy wafers, red hots, chocolate bar slices, gumdrops, Nerds, rock candy
Bushes: jelly fruit slices, large marshmallows
Christmas lights: thin licorice ropes, jelly beans, colorful candy-coated chocolate pieces, mini dot candy
Cart: pretzel squares, graham crackers, frosted wheat cereal
Snow: shredded coconut, white cotton candy (who even knew?), powdered sugar
Wreath: Lifesavers, Cherrios, Fruit Loops
Presents: sugar cubes, caramels
Lamppost: candy cane + gumdrop, lollipops, peppermint sticks
Snowmen: large marshmallows
Slides & Seesaws:mini candy bars, Laffy Taffy
Swing Set: mini candy canes + rope licorice + mini candy bars
Benches & Wagons: mini candy bars, graham crackers
Log Pile: toostie rolls, cinnamon sticks cut in thirds, mini pretzels, mini candy bars sliced
Additional Candies: Teddy Grahams, Gummy Bears, Animal Crackers, gingerbread men cookies, candy buttons, raisins and dried fruits, Whoppers, nonpareils, peppermints, bubble gum tape, candy corn, Good and Plenty, Hershey's Kisses, sour balls, Twizzlers, icing writers