Gingerbread Village and Candy Trees
December 6, 2010 · by ·
Gingerbread houses. Anybody want to boycott them with me? I found a kit of 5 miniature houses, thinking, “oh, how fun this will be for us to do together.” There should be a disclaimer on these kits that they can cause temporary insanity for parents…and that a glass of wine would pair well with this activity.
So, yesterday, we get everything laid out and ready, prepare the icing, and let’s just say I ended up going to Walmart to shop for the week (on a Sunday which I despise) in lieu of assembling the gingerbread pieces. The Lord blessed me with a patient, calm, and glass-half-full hubby. He surely was questioning my coping skills.
So here is our finished village. Note to self…buy the already-assembled house next time. Decorating them is the only fun part anyway.
I made the candy trees Christmas of 2003! They have lasted this long! They store beautifully in large ziploc bags.
John David’s “wreaf,” as he calls it…he has no idea it is not a “wreaf,” and it’s too sweet for me to correct. And if you know my John David and my hubby, you know that this intricate, just-like-the-picture-on-the-box wreath is totally something they would tackle. Bug. Not I.
I love this little A-frame. Kind of want to go there.
These candy trees are some of my favorite Christmas decorations! A little time consuming, but SUPER easy to create! You need a styrofoam cone form in varying sizes, gumdrop candies, and toothpicks! I cut the toothpicks in half, pierced the candy with one end, and punched the other end into the cone. Start at the base of the cone and simply work your way up to the top. It does not need to be perfect! Just fill it in, and you are done!
This peppermint tree I hot-glued alternating candies in rows, starting at the base of the cone. Again, there is no reason to stress over it being perfect. It will be adorable!
Hope your attitude towards gingerbread houses is better than mine if you have a kit awaiting YOU! And if you dare to “make this memory,” just know you can call me when you are leaving the house mid-kit, and I will let you vent:)