Maximum thickness for dough should be 3/8-inch. For houses larger than 6 inches square, use 1/4-inch thickness and for smaller houses, use 1/8-inch. Weight-bearing walls should be just slightly thicker, roof slightly thinner, due to weight of the gingerbread.
Use a round decorating tip, hold bag at a 45° angle and touch tip to surface. As you squeeze out icing with a steady, even pressure, move tip in vertical direction, laying out a log of icing.
Give yourself plenty of time to assemble the house before you plan to decorate—the icing needs to set for a few hours or overnight, until it’s completely hardened.
Use royal icing, because it dries hard. It should be thick, like peanut butter. If your icing is too runny, mix in some powdered sugar. Keep it covered when not in use, because it starts to dry out right away
If you want to keep a gingerbread house looking perfect throughout the holiday season, display it in a cool, dry place. Covering it at night with plastic wrap seals out moisture, dust, bugs and other errant inedibles.
Properly sealed and protected, you might be able to keep a gingerbread house looking good up to a year. For non-edible creations, spray with a clear lacquer, which is available at craft and hardware stores. You might need several coats for maximum protection.
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