Adorable Gingerbread Projects

Looking for a fresh spin on the classic gingerbread house? Check out these festive projects to make with the kids.

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Gingerbread Barn

Kate Cunningham

Gingerbread Barn

Dressing up a typical gingerbread house as a classic country barn can be a new holiday project for everyone to enjoy. From start to finish the project will take three to four hours, so spread it over a few days and take your time. The results are worth it as this Gingerbread Barn makes an enchanting centerpiece for a party or a wonderful handmade gift.

The next slides show step-by-step tips on how to make the Gingerbread Barn, plus two other adorable gingerbread projects.

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Making the Gingerbread

Zach Johnston

Making the Gingerbread

Start by making your favorite gingerbread dough according to instructions, or try our delicious gingerbread recipe below. While chilling and before rolling the dough, cut out barn patterns from sturdy cardboard.

Click on the link below to get full instructions and a downloadable Gingerbread Barn pattern. The next slide will demonstrate how to roll out the dough for the barn.

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Rolling the Dough

Zach Johnston

Rolling the Dough

Roll out one-third of the dough 1/4 inch thick on a surface dusted lightly with flour. Place cardboard patterns for barn front and two sides on rolled dough. The next slide will show you how to cut out the front of the barn.

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Cutting the Pattern

Zach Johnston

Cutting the Pattern

Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut around patterns. Remove excess dough and reserve with remaining dough for rolling the other barn pieces.

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Adding Barn Siding

Zach Johnston

Adding Barn Siding

Using kitchen scissors, cut sour tape into strips to create vertical barn siding. Using the icing like glue, carefully apply siding to barn sides. Using royal icing, apply doors to front and sides, adding zigzag barn pattern to doors.

For more tips on decorating the outside of the barn or to see a royal icing recipe, click on the links below. The next slide will show you how to adhere the sides of the barn to the base.

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Constructing the Barn

Zach Johnston

Constructing the Barn

To join the barn sides to back and front pieces, pipe icing cleanly along edges to be joined. Press barn pieces together and hold for several minutes. Once the four walls are firmly together on the gingerbread base, adhere them to the cardboard base with frosting. Then insert your two cardboard cutouts into center of barn. Secure them with icing to the sides of barn. Let dry completely, preferably overnight.

For complete instructions and pattern, click on the link below. The next slides will demonstrate how to make a gingerbread gift box.

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Gingerbread Gift Boxes

Zach Johnston

Gingerbread Gift Boxes

These Gingerbread Boxes are a great new twist on classic gingerbread. Fill with candy or cookies for a thoughtful homemade gift for a friend or teacher. The next slides will show instructions on how to make two Gingerbread Gift Boxes.

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Making the Gingerbread Boxes

Zach Johnston

Making the Gingerbread Boxes

Make your favorite gingerbread recipe according to instructions, or try our delicious gingerbread dough below. Before rolling out dough, cut out cardboard box patterns from sturdy cardboard. Roll out approximately one-fourth of the dough 1/4 inch thick on a surface dusted lightly with flour. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut out two 5x5-inch squares and four 2.5x5-inch rectangles of dough. Remove extra dough; reserve with remaining dough for rolling other boxes.

For detailed instructions on how to make the Gingerbread Boxes, click on the link below. The next slide will list what you need to decorate the outside of the finished box.

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Decorating the Gingerbread Boxes

Zach Johnston

Decorating the Gingerbread Boxes

To decorate the outside of the Gingerbread Boxes, you will need:
* Red and green Skittles (about eight 16-ounce packages)
* One package Hubba Bubba Gummi Tape in Shocking Strawberry
* One batch of royal icing

To get full instructions on making the Gingerbread Boxes, click on the link below. The next slide will show you how to create the mosaic pattern on the outside of the boxes.

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Creating the Mosaic Pattern

Zach Johnston

Creating the Mosaic Pattern

Using red and green Skittles for box sides and top, create a mosaic pattern as shown in the image.

For complete instructions, including how to assemble the box, click on the link below. The next slides will demonstrate how to make a festive Gingerbread Wreath.

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Gingerbread Wreath

Zach Johnston

Gingerbread Wreath

This Gingerbread Wreath makes a fabulous centerpiece. Try hanging it on a wall for a stunning and tasty holiday decoration. The next four slides will show you how to create the wreath.

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Rolling the Dough

Zach Johnston

Rolling the Dough

Make your favorite gingerbread recipe according to instructions, or try our delicious gingerbread dough below. Working on a parchment-covered cookie sheet, roll about half of the dough.

For complete step-by-step instructions on how to create the Gingerbread Wreath, click on the link below. The next slide demonstrates how to create the wreath shape with the dough.

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Shaping the Dough

Zach Johnston

Shaping the Dough

Hand-mold the dough into a wreath shape, approximately 1/2 inch thick and 10 inches in diameter, as shown here.

The next slide shows how to create the wreath shape.

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Creating the Wreath Shape

Zach Johnston

Creating the Wreath Shape

Carefully flatten out your dough. Don't worry about making it a perfect circle -- little imperfections add to the charm of the wreath.

For complete baking and decorating instructions and ingredients, go to the link below. The next slide shows how to decorate the Gingerbread Wreath.

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Decorating the Wreath

Zach Johnston

Decorating the Wreath

While the Gingerbread Wreath is baking, tie a large bow using approximately ten to twelve inches of Gummi Tape and set aside. Then cut green Life Savers gummi candies in half using your kitchen scissors. Remove wreath from oven and carefully place on a wire rack to cool. While wreath is still warm, start to decorate with the green gummi halves (see photo) and place premade Gummi Tape bow onto the top of wreath. Secure in place with royal icing (see below for recipe). Be careful not to touch any of the candy pieces as they may become hot. Allow decorated wreath to cool completely on the wire rack before using or eating, preferably overnight.

For step-by-step instructions on baking and decorating the Gingerbread Wreath, click on the link below.

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Gingerbread Designs by Beth Kimmerle

Zach Johnston

Gingerbread Designs by Beth Kimmerle

The projects in this slideshow were created and designed by Beth Kimmerle. Beth is a chocolate and candy expert and historian and is the author of four books documenting the history of America's confectionery industry.

Copyright © 2009 Meredith Corporation.

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