Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Tree Decorating

We like to decorate cookies, gingerbread men, and gingerbread houses at holiday time. It’s something the little kids look forward to doing with grandma.

This one was Josie’s house….very cute! It was a mommy and me project we did at Thanksgiving time. 

I think this one was Marisa’s house…it was super pretty! She loves those sprinkles!

The little girls and Devin, Cait, Wendy and I decorated gingerbread houses and gingerbread cookies last Thanksgiving. This time we did sugar cookies. Both were really fun.
 Get Lots of different types of small candies and spread them out in cupcake tins or chip and dip bowls.

The kids can take some home afterwards in little baggies if you don’t use all the candies up too! (THEY LOVE THAT!)

 Use white icing tubs and mix them with green food coloring and use sugar cones for the trees. Just spread the green icing on the inverted cones on small colorful plates. Then let the magic begin. Even little 3 year old kiddos can do it.
I get everybody to bring different candies and I supply whatever I can find too. It’s an easy craft for school groups or family. 
I found these chip and dip plates at the Dollar Store one year. They are perfect for spreading out lots of candies. Every year I do the Gingerbread Trees or Houses in my classroom and in my family too.
Here are a few of the finished “gingerbread trees”. They are much easier than doing the houses but we do both some years. 
These turned out cute and yummy….Chocolate  Hat Cookies…..Made from Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and Keebler shortbread striped cookies! 

Close up of a “gingerbread tree” made like a gingerbread house only much easier! No crying when the house caves in!

These little chocolate hats were to DIE FOR good!
And I ate a bunch of them…bad me….. I love the holiday decorating of edible sweets. It’s a fun family tradition we always enjoy at my house.