The number one rule is: PATIENCE Allow ample time between each step to allow the icing to completely dry. This will give your house the best possible structural integrity and help prevent collapses.
- Place a thick line of royal icing along each side of each side wall.
- Press sides together
- Hold up with tins from your pantry
- Wait till dry. Approximately 2 hours
- Fill the center of your house with something. I filled this one with some little toys for the family.
- Place a thick line of icing along the roof line of the house.
- Place something to support the roof along the side of the house until the roof glue has set. I am using two Tupperware mini tumblers.
- Place the roof in place resting on the supports.
- Do the same for the other side.
- Allow at least two hours to dry and set.
To make the grass look I mixed some coconut with green food colouring and sprinkled it around the base.
- I had a problem with a house roof collapsing and the cause was the environment was too humid. The gingerbread pieces had absorbed water and softened. To correct the issue I put the pieces back in a cool oven (the lowest temperature my oven would go to) and dried the pieces out. I then put a thin layer of icing on the back of the roof to fortify it before constructing the house.
- I had walls collapse once too. I had used water icing to glue the grass (green coloured coconut) in place and the liquid had absorbed up the walls. I now place a line of royal icing along the complete base of my house and use a runny royal icing to glue the coconut grass.