I used this gingerbread house purchased at my local grocery store. I wanted my gingerbread house to have a more sophisticated look, here is what I did! Be creative in building your house and look for what you have in your house that may work.
In addition to what is in the kit, I used: pink food coloring, white fondant and saltines. Build the house on a decorative plate or wrap the cardboard it comes with in aluminum or even wrapping paper!
1. Roof: I used saltines as the roof, but you have use any cracker - or even cereal. I used 2 rows of 3 saltines.
2. Using the Royal Icing/Icicles: The royal icing that comes with the kit actually works well. Just make sure to massage the icing in the bag a lot. I did not use the tip that came with the kit. Just use the icing bag. Here is a little clip of what I did for the icicles - hold under the roof for 1 second, holding pressure, start to pull down, holding the pressure, then stop using pressure.
3. Wreath: Using two cutters, make a wreath shape. Use scissors to snip the wreath to make leaves