Christmas inspiration – 5 sparkly and spectacular ideas
Gingerbread house in rainbow colours
To get a really colourful gingerbread house, you need to cast aside all thoughts of less-is-more Scandi-style minimalism. ‘Tis the season for extra everything and channelling a My Little Pony vibe.
So go really over the top and use colourful sweets, rainbow sprinkles and icing that you dye with different food colourings. Once your house is finished, create a lovely garden around it and try not to eat it, at least for a few weeks (by which time it will be too dusty to eat anyway).
Do you like the cone fir trees, by the way? Scroll down to find out how to make them.
At the end of this article, you’ll also find helpful tips on building a gingerbread house.
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Cone fir trees with sprinkles
Decorate the garden around your gingerbread house with cone fir trees (as above). Later on, your guests can fill them with ice cream and eat them up.
Melt white chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of warm water. Brush the melted chocolate over the cones, one at a time, and cover in rainbow sprinkles before the chocolate hardens. Keep them in your fridge until you use them. Make sure that you cover all the chocolate with sprinkles, so the cones don’t melt in your guests’ hands.
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Christmas crackers in pastel colours
Everyone loves a festive Christmas cracker! All you need are empty toilet rolls and some sheets of tissue paper. Mix different colours and fill each cracker with something your kids will love, e.g. a small gift or tasty treat. These crackers are made using two sheets of tissue paper for each one. Decorate them with stickers, glitter tape and pretty ribbons, and hang them on your tree, or on doors or walls. Your Christmas party is sorted!
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Christmas tree baubles with glitter and confetti
Sparkly Christmas inspiration! Fill clear plastic Christmas tree baubles with all sorts of brightly coloured bits and pieces. Get a fantastically festive look by using lots of different sizes, textures and colours. You can mix confetti, glitter and sequins. Make a cone of paper to use as a funnel when you fill the baubles or your home will be covered in glitter for weeks!
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Colourful Christmas presents
Here’s your opportunity to go all out and stack a dazzling pile of presents under your tree this year. Be creative and use wrapping paper and ribbons in as many different colours as possible. Glitter ribbons add a fabulously festive touch.
How to build a gingerbread house – 8 helpful tips
- It’s not cheating to buy ready-made gingerbread dough or biscuit dough.
- Print out a template for a gingerbread house from the internet if you doubt your skills as an architect.
- Choose a design with a large roof – your decorations will be displayed to better effect.
- To make edible “glue” simply melt granulated sugar in a frying pan and dip the edges into it. But if you don’t plan to eat the house, you might just as well use all-purpose glue.
- Decorate all the parts of the house separately before you assemble it. It’s so much easier to pipe on icing and stick on sweets when the parts are lying flat. Press the sweets onto the icing before it hardens.
- Leave a small part of the outer edges undecorated, so you have somewhere to hold while you glue the house together.
- Once you’ve assembled the house, pipe a thick line of icing along the edges and corners to hide any glue disasters, broken edges and gaps. Press more sweets onto the icing.
- You can make really good icing by whisking 240 g/8 oz icing sugar, one egg white and 1 tsp spirit vinegar until it’s fluffy. Use a cloth piping bag or cut a hole in one corner of a small plastic bag.
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