This house, based on the movie Up, earned the first place prize in the teen division of the 2010 National Gingerbread Competition. Each character was sculpted from fondant and gum paste. The colorful balloons are pieces of spaghetti topped with jelly beans. Created by Skyla D. of Asheville, NC. See more details of this movie-inspired house.
This boat was made from gingerbread covered with a layer of fondant. The animals are molded from fondant and marzipan, and hand painted. Created by Barbara E. of Edelstein, IL and Mary Jo D. of Westford, MA. See more details of this gingerbread ark.
This gingerbread beauty stands four feet tall and is made with 40 pounds of gingerbread and 30 pounds of royal icing. Created by Eduardo M. of Omaha, NE. See more details of this Grand Victorian gingerbread house.
This house looks so real that you might forget it's less than a foot tall and edible. Its builder crafted the white decorative trim using rolled-out fondant and an X-Acto knife, and created the intricate brickwork with a small paintbrush—and a steady hand.
This row of gingerbread houses weighs about 80 pounds, measures 28 inches by 18 inches by 18 inches, and took a more than two months to build. The houses feature shiplap and individual pastillage shingles. The windows are gelatin sheets, and the inside figures are made of marzipan. The trees are fondant rolled in granola, then covered in royal icing. Created by Russ R. of Orinda, CA. See more details of this Victorian trio.
This was made using a classic Victorian gingerbread blueprint. Jelly candy rocks make up the chimney, and chocolate fondant with corn starch snow make up the roof. Yellow edible paper creates the glowing windows. Created by Kenna N. of Louisville, KY.
7 Big Holiday Gifts Made by Small American Businesses
Give the gift of a whimsical miniature Christmas tree adorned with fresh flowers. The retailer, Leona Sue's Florist, is a Scott, Louisiana, outfit that's been in business since 1974 and is a Small Business Saturday partner. About $99.95; Leona Sue's Florist
Pier 1 Imports Made of: Wrought iron and glass From Pier 1 Imports, this37"Wx14½"Dx32¼"H gold-toned bamboo bar cart is a mid-century classic. An antiqued finish gives it a vintage vibe. About $330; Pier 1 Imports
Looking for a fresh way to amp up the festive factor? House-shaped luminaries will set a merry mood on bookshelves, tabletops, mantels, and more. Luckily, it doesn't take a village to make them in multiples. | Photo: John Gruen
Fabric wrapped around a straw base is accented with old wooden spools above the weaver's shop in Colonial Williamsburg. Setting it on a bed of evergreen, as shown, is a simple way to add volume. The evergreen is easy to switch out midway through the season when it needs freshening up.