I’m so sad because this is our last Christmas post of the year!!! Noooo! Holiday projects are always my favorite, so it’s bittersweet to be only 6 days away from Christmas. BUT I’m a big fan of the glitz and glam that New Years brings, and we’ll be moving onto a few tutorials for the New Year next!
I wanted to try my hand at making my own gingerbread structure this year (I usually buy the gingerbread houses that are pre-made), and I never intended this to be a how-to, but I love how these little present boxes turned out! Plus they’re the PERFECT first gingerbread structure to make because they’re just cubes! Nothing too complicated here. So for those of you that are scared of creating a gingerbread house only to watch the whole thing crumble (totally me!), this one’s for you! 😉
Gingerbread recipe (we used this one)
White and pink fondant
1. Make your gingerbread according to the recipe above. We doubled the recipe to get enough gingerbread for all three presents.
2. Once you’ve made your dough, roll it out on a sheet of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. With your ruler, measure out 6 squares that are 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and 12 squares that are 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.
3. Bake the gingerbread at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow them to completely cool before assembling your present boxes.
4. Carefully put white frosting on each side of the gingerbread and start assembling your box. Once the boxes are assembled, put them into the refrigerator to allow the frosting to harden completely.
5. Now onto the fun part, decorating! We used pink fondant and cut strips to make ribbon for the presents. To secure the fondant to the outside of the gingerbread box, put a small amount of water on the back of the fondant and place it down.
6. If you want to make the snowflakes that we used, roll your fondant out to 1/4″ thick and use these fondant cutters to get the shape!
You could totally make a bunch of the little boxes, leave the lid unattached and use them as edible boxes to give desserts or candies in! I kinda wish all present boxes were edible now! Ha!
I hope you guys have enjoyed all of our Holiday projects this year. We had a blast making them, and we are already looking forward to creating more magic here around Christmas time 2018!!!
P.S. Rainbow gingerbread house alert over here!