Stay in the loop on all things Jilly! Be the first to receive exclusive content, hear about upcoming collaborations, sales and much more!

Visit the shop

THE JH SHOP

Jilly’s Favorite Things

Get the Jilly Newsletter

New Post Updates

Collaborations

VIP-Exclusive Content

Meet Team Jilly

Girls just want to have fun! Meet Jillian and the girls (plus one guy and one dog)  behind the brand and get to know the team behind JillianHarris.com

Meet Jilly + The team

Shop My Latest

COLLABORATIONS

Shop Now

SEarch

Artboard 2

shop the presets

#JILLYPRESETS

And edit your photos like Jill - in just one click!

get the insta-famous

Charity

life

Shop My Instagram

About Jillian

All things LOVE, fashion, family, food, and home decor since 2009

visit the

JH SHOP

Blog Home

fashion

Home

Food

Beauty

Videos

My Editing Presets

JILLIAN HARRIS

navigate

all things LOVE, fashion, family, food, and home decor since 2009

13

Dec

2017

Jillian Harris

by

10 Gingerbread House Decorating Tips

So … you want to master your gingerbread house this year, hey?! Welp. We got you covered!! LOL! This year the girls and I got together and decorated a few gingerbread houses and it was pretty freakin hilarious and fun to see what everyone came up with and how everyone used the toppings in their own unique and creative way. We also learned a few things as we sat around and decorated and I thought it would be fun to share our 10 tips with you!!

Let’s take a look!!

Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips

1. Buy in Bulk

If you’re looking for gingerbread house supplies you HAVE to go somewhere that sells candy (or pretzels, nuts, whatever floats your gingerbread house decorating boat …) in BULK. I personally like to get my stuff from Bulk Barn because the selection is HUGE and the prices are great!

2. Buy Premade Houses

I know this is the easy way out … you’re welcome. LOL! But seriously, premade houses are easy peasy because you can get right down to the fun stuff right away. However, if you have lots of time on your hands and enjoy baking and creating your OWN floorplan (I actually REALLY wanted to make a gingerbread version of OUR home this year but opted for the premade one … but I MIGHT still do this!!) then making your own is always a fun holiday activity too!!

3. Size Matters

I’m talking candy here, people. Get your mind out of the gingerbread gutters!! Make sure to get a variety of sizes when purchasing your candy, you’ll want bigger pieces for the roof (if that’s what your design calls for) and smaller pieces for the little details!

4. Choose a Colour Scheme

I’m a sucker for a great colour scheme … personally I go for pastel colours for my gingerbread houses … light pinks and blues with a mix of metallics!!

5. Stock up on White Icing

I mean … you KNOW I love white everything. Does this tip shock you in the slightest?? In all seriousness though, white icing is perfect for creating that layer of snow on and around your house! You can also pipe it off the edges of your roof to look like icicles!!!

6. Use Shredded Coconut for Snow

It’s brilliant … spread your white icing wherever you want it to look like snow and sprinkle shredded coconut on top, it adds a fun texture and REALLY looks like SNOW!!

7. Sugar Makes Things SPARKLE

You know those magical, sparkly, frosty, winter mornings?? You can achieve that look on your gingerbread house with plain white sugar!! Just sprinkle over your icing and BOOM … sparkly goodness!!!

8. Find a Friend with an Icing Kit

Seriously. If you have a friend that has an icing kit … you know, with all of the bags and different tips … you need them to come to your gingerbread decorating party and bring their kit with them! LOL! Melissa was over when we were decorating the houses and she ran home to get her Icing Kit, and it was a GAME CHANGER!!!

9. Make it a Girls Night

I mean, it’s the perfect excuse … right??

10. Wine Helps with Creativity

When in decorating doubt. Drink wine.

Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips Jillian Harris Gingerbread House Decorating Tips

photo credit

What are some of YOUR tricks when it comes to decorating gingerbread houses?? Comment below!!

xo

Jilly

Add Comment

8

show / 

 hide comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Karen Phillips

    December 13th, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    My tricks for gingerbread house decorating is to get my two kids their own pre-made houses. Our three houses can only be touched by the house maker so mine lasts until Christmas while all the candies are eaten off their own creations. We all have lots of fun!
    .

  2. Nikki

    December 13th, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Girls Night Gingerbread House Party!? Done and done. You’re brilliant. Also the tip about wine. To bring out your A- game.

  3. nancy stokell

    December 13th, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I like to have as many variety of candies as I can get to make it more interesting.

  4. Brandy lee

    December 13th, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Such great job on your gingerbread houses.Bulk always right way to go?

  5. Emily Baxter

    December 14th, 2017 at 7:45 am

    and now my mouth is watering….delicious! Oh, and super duper cute.

  6. Erin

    December 14th, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Use melted sugar to put your house together. It bonds like super glue and it’s edible.

  7. Jillian Harris

    December 14th, 2017 at 9:54 am

    That’s SUCH a great idea!! Thanks Erin!! XOXO

  8. Laura

    December 14th, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Decorating gingerbread houses has been a family tradition in my family since I was little (I’m 31 now). Every year we decorate one as a family and break it down on New Years Day. The trick we found though, is that the gingerbread has to be fully covered in icing and candy or no one will eat the stale-store bought gingerbread. haha

binge ALL the latest JH posts

Dogs for Dads!

Revealed: What Was Inside the VIP Swag Bags

Behind the Scenes: Our Intimate Lunch in Support of Mamas for Mamas

The Bachelorette Recap: The Drama Continues!

Jillian Harris x Melanie Auld: Fine & Demi-Fine Have Launched!

THE JH SHOP

Jilly's Favourite Things

see more in the shop

Artboard 2

Sort by:

life

Food

Fashion

HOME

Travel

Beauty

All

All-Time Favourites

Baby

View the post

Hi!!! First of all,  I want to send my LOVE and thanks for all the amazing messages regarding our new little addition!  I’ve finally gotten around to writing Annie’s birth story as I’ve been “trying” to give myself enough downtime as possible (but you know me, I don’t “rest” much! LOL). Mackenzie just finished our […]

Sweet Annie: Our Birth Story

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

A Comprehensive List of My Favourite Baby Items

13 Things You Might Not Know About This Canadian Girl!

03

5 Things Justin and I Love About Each Other That Might Surprise You

04

10 Things I’m Afraid to Tell You

05

View the post

We ALL know that the way to ANYONE’S heart is through their stomach! Below I’m sharing SEVEN delicious recipes that you can whip up in no time to spoil YOUR loved ones this Valentine’s Day! There is a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone below, for those who have a sweet tooth … for the carb lovers […]

7 Recipes to Spoil Your Loved Ones this Valentine’s Day

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

Gingerbread Granola with Maple Spiced Almond Milk

Savoury Veggie Muffins

03

Butternut Squash Sage Lasagne Roll-Ups

04

Savoury “Sausage” Hand Pies

05

View the post

I’m sure most of you know by now that Summer is one of my favourite seasons! Not only because of the beautiful weather we get here in the Okanagan (and delicious summer cocktails 😉) but because I get to live in a bathing suit and hang out at the pool with the kiddos! If you […]

Must-Have Summer Swimsuits

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

3 Easy Ways to Rock Overalls this Summer

Quick & Easy Summer Outfits

03

5 Tips To Wear Bell Bottoms Like a Pro

04

3 Spring Dresses You Need in Your Closet

05

View the post

I’m so excited to announce that my brand new diffuser collaboration with Saje Wellness has officially LAUNCHED and is available for purchase (while quantities last)!! When I was designing this diffuser I knew I wanted to create something that looked like a piece of art as well as something that could fit into any decor, […]

The Jillian Harris x Saje Wellness Diffuser Collaboration is Here!

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

Jillian Harris x Saje Wellness: Diffuser Collaboration is Launching Soon

Cinco De Mayo: Festive Pom Pom Garland

03

Cinco De Mayo DIY: Watermelon Piñata

04

Love It Or List It Vancouver: Becca & Cory

05

View the post

Aloha!!! Whenever I travel, I tend to get a ton of questions coming in on my social platforms so I thought I would round up a few questions that were most frequently asked and answer them here! PLUS, I took so many videos while we were in Hawaii that I also decided to share a vlog […]

12 Frequently Asked Questions about My Hawaiian Vacation

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

My 8 Best Travelling Tips

Team Jilly Takes on Dallas!

03

10 Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

04

5 Tips for Selecting Your Perfect One-Piece Swimsuit

05

View the post

Many of you have been asking about Annie’s sleep schedule lately so I thought I would take some time to share this with you today! To say the least, we are completely BLOWN AWAY by Annie’s sleep routine! This little girl is a ROCKSTAR when it comes to her sleep and we think this is […]

Annie’s Daily Routine & Sleep Schedule

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

Home Tour Series: Annie’s Dreamy Nursery

8 Tips for Pumping & Storing Breast Milk While Travelling

03

JH x Smash + Tess Collection is Now Here!

04

A Complete List of Our Favourite Baby Names

05

View the post

I’m one of those people who, for the LONGEST time, didn’t really care about going to more natural products for my body, because, well … I’m kind of reckless like that! LOL! C’mon, I was one of those girls who used to drink a 2 litre of wildberry cooler when I was 19!!! LOL!! However, it […]

I Finally Made the Switch to Natural Deodorant: Here’s What I Learned!

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

My Every Day Cruelty-Free Makeup Tutorial

Eyebrow Microblading: To Do or Not to Do?

03

DIY: My Everyday Invigorating Body Scrub

04

Rose Honey Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

05

View the post

WELCOME, everyone! First off, I’m so glad you’re here and I can’t wait for you to take a cruise around my new website! The girls and I started discussing a brand new website about 2 years ago now! Over those two years, we’ve sent countless emails back and forth, had multiple phone calls and discussions. We […]

The New Look of Jillian Harris Revealed!

01

FEATURED POSTS

02

Little Leaders Series: Mason Vanderploeg

5 Tips to Staying Stress Free

03

Little Leader’s Series: Olivia Matheson

04

Little Leader Series: Clemence Currie

05

GET THE
JILLY NEWSLETTER

Stay in the loop on all things Jilly! Be the first to receive exclusive content, hear about upcoming collaborations, sales and much more!

New Post Updates

Collaborations

VIP-Exclusive Content

Annie’s Birth Story

FEatured videos

The Latest JH Videos

Cruelty-Free Makeup Tutorial

Browse all JH VIDEOS

Watch:

My Best Travel Tips

Watch:

Annie's Sip & See

Watch:

powered by chloédigital