How to Make
Mix icing according to directions in premade gingerbread kit. Tint entire batch of icing pink using food coloring or icing tint. Pipe a ribbon of icing around bottom of gingerbread house then place house on top of styrofoam block/sheet. (The icing acts as a glue to secure pieces to the board) Frost the roof and front door with icing then use a spatula to smooth it out. Attach assorted candies (candy canes, etc.) to the sides of the roof using a ribbon of frosting to secure each one. Using a serrated knife, carefully cut the sugar cone at an angle on the open side (point should be left). Attach cone to roof using icing to secure then pipe some icing over the point. Attach assorted candies to the sides and front of the house using icing to secure. (You may want to use a picture of the Candy Land game as a guide) Pipe icing around base of house then secure Laffy Taffy candies, Peanut Brittle and Skittles to create a border around the house. Pipe some icing in front of the door for a sidewalk then sprinkle Nerds onto icing. Line the "sidewalk" with Starbursts, again using icing as a glue to secure. Poke Lollipops and Candy Canes into styrofoam block/sheet and pipe some icing around each to secure.
Homemade for the Holidays
- Avoid clutter. Keep the background simple -- your gingerbread house or holiday cookie is the star!
- Daytime, natural light is best. If your area is bright enough, try taking the photo without the flash.
- Upload a horizontal photo. If you crop the image on your computer, make sure you keep a landscape 4:3 aspect ratio.
- For best results, make your image 1200x900 (or "save for web").
- With a digital camera, you can take as many photos as possible and choose the best one. Have fun!