Christmas Project 2011 Windows

Let me start off by saying that after about roughly 10 years of doing gingerbread houses, this is the first one that I starting decorating before it was built. There are people that like to decorate the walls completely before assembly, but you really have to have a well defined game plan to do it that way….so that really doesn’t work well for me! I throw an anuual decorating party and the ladies all decorate a house in a couple of hours, but I don’t think I could do that. I like to work on my houses for a couple of days. Well, maybe “like” isn’t the right word….more like HAVE to, because I just can’t be creative all at once. I have the habit of coming up with a game plan, then go to bed, and wake up in the morning and go in a totally different direction. That’s just how I work. I’ve accepted it….I’m not creative all at once. At least with this project, I was pretty much copying a picture, so that helped.

So before I started putting things together, I knew I had to do the windows. This actually started when the gingerbread was baking. After rolling the dough onto parchment paper, I cut out the walls and then cut out the windows and put the pieces in the oven.


While those were baking, I took some orange jolly ranchers and put them in a ziplock bag, went outside to the garage, and took a hammer to them. Great way to relieve some stress, but don’t go too crazy because the candy tends to poke through the plastic.


When the gingerbread pieces are baked about 3/4 of the way, pull them out and place the baking sheet on the counter. Add the broken candy pieces to the windows, with either a spoon or your fingers. Don’t fill the windows completely, because when the candy melts, it will bubble and it could bubble over onto the gingerbread. If you go the opposite way and don’t add enough candy, you can always add more.


Once the candy is melted and the gingerbread is baked, let it cool completely, and then slowly pull it off the parchment paper. You now have windows!


I wanted curtains in the windows, and this can be done in 2 ways. You can use royal icing and pipe them on, or use rice paper. I used rice paper.  It’s fairly thin and perfect for this task. I used an exacto knife to cut out the shape. I attached the rice paper to the back of the gingerbread using a small bead of royal icing.


Now, you have windows with curtains. Fancy!


Stay tuned for my next post, and don’t forget to enter the Gingerbread House Cutter {Giveaway}!


2 Comments on Christmas Project 2011 Windows

    December 11, 2011 at 9:37 am (6 years ago)

    I, too, used to crush hard candies and place in windows, but in recent years I discovered that if I use a recipe for hard candy, it is easier and less expensive. Also, I can use food coloring to make different colored windows and even a blue icy pond for the front yard.

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      December 11, 2011 at 10:04 am (6 years ago)

      Did you ever have your windows melt? Mine did this year, and I place blame on my 2 large dogs panting and adding humidity to the house. For my party I switched over to gelatin sheets and attached them to the inside of the house and it worked out well. -Linda


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