Gingerbread House Windows
Gingerbread House Windows can turn an ordinary house into a special one. And windows made to look like they have stained glass can turn your gingerbread house into a spectacular one!
The method used most often by competitors in gingerbread house contests is gelatin sheets (or leaf gelatin). More on this below. Click here to read about leaf gelatin now.
Melted lifesavers or jolly ranchers work fine and add a splash of color, but the pros swear by Braches butterscotches and the nice yellow glow is perfect for a warm and cozy.
Here's how to melt the candy into "glass"...
Photo by Angie Walton 2002
If desired, use icing to form window panes within each window. Create shutters with cookies, sticks of gum, or the gingerbread pieces that were removed when cutting the windows. Add flowers and a window box
Gelatin Sheets (or Leaf Gelatin)
Gelatin sheets (or leaf gelatin) is a specialized product that's used by bakers in jellied dishes and for fine decorating details like butterfly wings and other translucent decorations. It's absolutely perfect for gingerbread house windows! Leaf gelatin even includes diamond-shaped panes within each window, great for Victorian gingerbread houses such as this one below.
Simply glue the gelatin sheets to the inside of the windows with icing or, better yet, melted sugar before constructing the house.
We're proud to announce that we now sell leaf gelatin sheets!
Other options for windows ...
Melted candy looks the best, but there are other, easier methods.
Try varying the window shapes for even more appeal. Circles, half-rounds, diamonds, hearts, and thin tall rectangles all add a special touch to your gingerbread house windows.
Lighting your Gingerbread House
We've made a page all about lighted gingerbread houses. Click here to learn how.
Want some inspiration? Want to see a live demonstration of building gingerbread house windows? Click here to see Videos of Gingerbread House Windows and Lighting.
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