I don’t know if it’s the interior design enthusiast in me or what, but I love decorating gingerbread houses. Back in college, we had a gingerbread house decorating contest, and over the years, it has become one of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions. It’s fun trying to outdo each other as creatively possible, and there’s always some sort of sabotage going on – in the funniest ways imaginable. I guess you can say it’s, “our kind of holiday“, haha.

This year, the weekend before Christmas, about 12 of us are getting together to decorate 8 gingerbread houses (some will be on teams and others will be flying solo). I’m in charge of this particular family shindig, so over the last week or so, I’ve been in the process of collecting candy, bowls and mammoth amounts of cookie icing.Β In the back of my head, I’ve also been dreaming up ways to amp up my house design for this year. I have some secret tricks up my sleeve for this year’s competition (which I’m keeping to myself for now because my family reads the blog, haha), but I thought it would be fun to put together a list of my favorite tried and true tips and tricks I use every year…

7 Gingerbread House Decorating Tips + Tricks //

Next week, we’ll be sharing photos of our family’s gingerbread house decorating contest and calling on you guys to pick the winner. Don’t worry, it will be “blind voting” – we wouldn’t want you guys to be biased! ; )Β So, how about you guys? What are your favorite gingerbread house decorating tricks or tips? Be sure to share them in the comments – we’d love to hear them!Β Photo sources:Β 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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    December 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Love the pretzel log cabin look!

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    Sara M
    December 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Your ideas here are GENIUS! My favorite tip is the herbs. I would have never thought of using herbs for garland!

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    December 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    We’re decorating gingerbread houses this weekend with my nieces and nephew, and I can’t wait to use these tricks!

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    December 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Now I have to DECIDE between a cereal roof and a gum stick roof??! Thanks a lot πŸ˜‰

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      December 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Haha! You’re welcome ; )

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    December 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I remember that gum! It’s the one with the tattoos on the wrappers! Love these tips, Ashley!

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    December 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Now I’m heading to Target to get a few gingerbread houses. This looks too much fun!

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    December 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I think a few gold-dusted gingerbread houses down the center of a table would be so fun looking. Thank you for the inspiration!

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      December 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Yes! That would be cute! I’d recommend doing the icing accents after the gold dust so it isn’t covered with gold as well. Learned that one the hard way, haha.

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    December 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    My 10 yr old and I are decorating a gingerbread house tomorrow night and I’m thinking a pretzel roof is in our future.

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    Girl Child
    December 18, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Holy fudge.. you guys don’t mess around!

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    December 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    The best glue for ginger bread houses is caramel. According to Martha Stewart anyway, and we all know she knows best. πŸ˜‰

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      December 28, 2013 at 4:17 am

      Oooooo… Will have to remember for next year!

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