What's the best way to Preserve a Gingerbread House?

by Richard
(Nederland, CO)

I have photos up on this blog (Harriman House) and I am at the point to try and preserve it for next year. What initial ideas are best? Best products and poor chemicals for spraying on?

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Feb 05, 2008
Preserving Gingerbread Houses
by: Kelly

I've heard this question quite a bit!

Believe it or not, I've never actually tried to preserve a gingerbread house. We just haven't had the storage space (we do now, so maybe next year!) AND I think it's more fun to start new each year.

Here are some suggestions I've heard from others though:

Spray the house (inside and out if possible) with a non-water-soluable polyurethane spray (in a well-ventilated room or, better, outside.) Brush-on varnish is likely to result in broken details.

Once the varnish is completely dry, store the gingerbread house in a dry place (preferably somewhere with a dehumidifier) in a sturdy box or several thick trash bags (tied securely or twist-tied.)

Since most of us cannot emulate an air-tight, temperature-controlled container, no gingerbread house will last forever... except in photographs and memories!

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