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How to Make a Charming Gingerbread Farmhouse

Give your boxed gingerbread house the farmhouse treatment with this simple tutorial for creating a rustic masterpiece that is entirely edible.

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Bare Basics

No need to make your own custom pieces. Simply start with a basic gingerbread house kit and assemble as directed.

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Sliced Shingles

To give your prefab gingerbread house some character, start by creating a quaint roof. Starting at the bottom on the roof, place a line of royal icing (we suggest making your own) all the way across; then stick almond slices to the icing line. Repeat this step for the remainder of the roof, layering as you move to the top.

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Unwrap Shiplap

Give the sides of your gingerbread house something more interesting than icing and candy. Create a shiplap look by covering the sides of the house in royal icing and layering pieces of white gum up the sides of the gingerbread house. Leave the window and door uncovered, but feel free to cover any other existing features with this sugary-sweet siding.

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Salty Shudders

To finish off the exterior of the house, use pretzel pieces to create a door and shudders. Define the window panes with thin lines of royal icing.

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