Cozy Thatched-Roof Cottage
This is the first gingerbread house I've built in years! I'm not a three-dimensional crafter, so it took some time to come up with the pattern. In order to make sure everything would fit together (and stand up!), I cut the pattern from boxes and taped it all together to make sure it would really work!
Here it is...waiting to be assembled
Construction is almost complete! I can't recommend using Wilton Meringue powder enough in your royal icing. It dries fast and tough! I was able to construct the whole house, including the roof, in just a few hours.
Once it was constructed, the decorating began. I wanted something cottage-y and textured- no bright colors and peppermint candies here! I used full size shredded wheat (split in half) to make the thatched roof and that went on first. I then worked on the chocolate dormers for the upper windows and the entryway roof. I used chocolate melt discs and chocolate chips
I used jelly belly jelly beans to craft the lower stone walls that make up the house; the top portion is pretzel and icing "stucco and timber" construction.
The back of the house. I wanted the chimney to poke through the thatch; the chimney itself it constructed of a gingerbread frame covered in chocolate covered raisins.
I made stained glass windows all over the house. My favorite it the big picture window on the left side! I love the little details like the window boxes filled with holiday greenery, and the snow and icicles on the roof.
This made a lovely centerpiece for my holiday table. It looked beautiful all lit up!