I can't remember if the original was edible, but I decided to make mine non-edible. Instead of using white icing, which would detract from the woodland theme I wanted, I decided to use a glue gun instead. Almonds on the roof top each received a white fabric paint design and Spanish moss was placed at the base surrounding the house. This was interspersed with small red "berries" from one of many faux garlands I possess. The terra cotta pot was the smallest I could find at the time, but I've since located many that are much smaller and more in scale with the actual house. Also, the gingerbread sides and roof all came from a basic Christmas Gingerbread House kit! I didn't bake any of it! Far too complicated when you can have more fun decorating!!
These were the smallest little birds I could find and I love them. They're adorable!
You can see how it's beginning to deteriorate though. Some of the almonds have fallen off, showing the dried glue at the top peak, and the gingerbread itself seems to be turning into a fine meal like substance! Not sure what's going on exactly, but it's high time for a facelift!!
One of the sides showing still more decay, with a "window frame" of sticks that's fallen from the house to the "ground" below. You can also see more places where the almonds have come off.
I guess I ran out of birds! The facelift will definitely include one in this wreath on the back of the house. You can also see a vague design just below the wreath, where stick "window frames" had been glued. Long gone by now, but again - will be added back soon!
I included this view to show you the long "log" on top of the house that blends the two sides together. It's a pretzel stick!! As you can imagine, I had a GREAT time recreating this house and it's lasted about 8 years (if my memory is correct). The biggest threat to this type of project is moisture!! And I have to admit, I didn't store it properly for many years, which only hastened it's decay. I've since learned many things about proper storage and plan to have a special container for the next Fursdon Gingerbread House!! May God Bless, Jan