Holiday DIY: How to Make a Star Wars Gingerbread House

One of my family’s annual traditions is making a gingerbread house. We love the opportunity to express our creativity and create something entirely new each year. In the past, some of our favorite projects have been an UP! gingerbread house and a Doctor Who gingerbread house.

This year, there was no question that we had to create a Star Wars gingerbread house. (Who else can’t wait for the new movie?) We brought to life some of the most iconic characters and symbols from the series, including the Millenium Falcon, a storm trooper, and even Yoda himself.

This project was so much fun and as always, the kids had a blast creating it. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house from scratch:

Step by Step: Making a Star Wars Gingerbread House

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

SHOPPING LIST
Fondant (comes in many colors, but you can use food coloring to change it, too)
Super white confectionery coating
Pretzels
Gingerbread cookie dough
Silver bubblegum
Small silver ball cake decorations
Bright white candy melts
Brown sugar
Pre-made gingerbread house

PART ONE: THE CHARACTERS

The day before, leave a tray of pretzels out. When they’re stale, they are even more rigid and easier to work with. Also, melt some confectionery coating. You can purchase it in a variety of colors, but since you only need it to hold the skeleton of the characters together in this project, it doesn’t matter what color you choose.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

(above) The beginning stages of creating C-3PO.

Start by making the basic skeleton of the characters with the pretzels and confectionary coating. This will give you a sturdier base for your characters so they don’t fall over when you place them in the display.  Let it stand overnight.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

(above) The skeleton of R2-D2.

Next, roll out the fondant and make pieces to wrap around the pretzel figure. For some characters, only one layer of fondant will be necessary. Others, such as Chewbacca, will need 2 layers each done day apart so they can dry out.

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(above) A storm trooper.

For Chewbacca, the last layer should be done with a garlic press to get the look of fur.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

(above) Chewbacca with silver ball eyes.

To make Yoda, use green fondant for his body and white rolled fondant for his coat.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

(above) Yoda with silver ball eyes.

PART TWO: THE MILLENIUM FALCON

The structure of the Millenium Falcon is simply cut from a home baked gingerbread cookie. Let it dry out for few days so it will be easier to work with.

Cut rolled white fondant into squares and triangles and place them throughout the ship, securing it with the confectionery coating. Use silver bubblegum for portals and the satellite.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

PART THREE: THE HOUSE

Use a pre-made gingerbread house and cover it in white chocolate rounds.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

On one side of the house, you can create a Fighter plane from gingerbread by shaping the dough before baking it and using a pretzel to hold it all together. Use the small silver balls again to cover the wings.

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

Learn how to make your own Star Wars gingerbread house for the holidays with this fun and easy holiday DIY project. Click to see the tutorial!

For the base of the house, use white icing and cover it in brown sugar to make it look like sand. Then, cut out letters from strips of rolled red fondant to add the final (and one of the most important) touches to your Star Wars gingerbread house: “May the force be with you.”

For more tips and photos from this Star Wars gingerbread house tutorial, watch the video:

 

Hope you enjoyed this holiday DIY tutorial!

Warm regards,
Megan

DIY Halloween Project: Candy Towers

How to make candy towers, a fun Halloween DIY project for the family. Click through to see the tutorial at HomeandEventStyling.com!Halloween is one of my and my family’s favorite holidays. Besides dressing up and decorating the house, we also love all the fun, creative projects we get to do that are inspired by the holiday.

One of my favorite DIY Halloween projects are candy towers. They are super easy and inexpensive to make and look great when they’re finished. They are also very versatile because you can choose the colors of the candy wrappers and shape of the vases to make them your own.

You can do this project in an afternoon with your family or even create a party around it. Kids love bringing their own candy to mix and match to turn into towers.

Here is the easy step-by-step tutorial for creating your own candy towers:

Step 1: Choose large, clear vases to hold the candy. Tall, round vases work the best, but other shapes can work well, too, depending on the type of candy you choose.

How to make candy towers, a fun Halloween DIY project for the family. Click through to see the tutorial at HomeandEventStyling.com!

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Step 2: Select a large assortment of candy. Some candies are better for stacking than others because they more evenly lay in the towers. Candies such as nerds and milk duds come in small boxes, making them perfect candidates. These boxes can be sorted by color and stacked horizontal one time and then vertical a few rows later.  Large gum balls in a single row stack well and laffy taffy can me molded to the curve of the bowl if round.

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Step 3: Pack them tightly to prevent shifting. I like to face all the candy going the same direction for a more fluid look.

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Step 4: To top off the towers, gumballs, M&M’s, jelly beans, Hershey’s Kisses, and candy corn work really well. I think it looks best to use a loose top of solid color or something similar, such as candy corn.

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This project is a ton of fun to do and makes a dramatic table setting to a Halloween party. They are also great for the trick or treaters to see as they enter your home.

You can even get creative with them and mix in other elements. Let your imagination take over.

Warm regards,
Megan

Inspiration for the Perfect Spring Centerpiece

Spring is one of the easiest, most fun seasons to create centerpieces for. There are so many great sources of inspiration ─ the colors, the flowers, even the fruits and vegetables. Being creative with a spring centerpiece is easy because it’s almost like half the work is done for you. All the beauty is right there in front of you, waiting to be gathered together into something unique.

Here are 10 beautiful spring centerpieces that exude the essence of the season and capture some of its best qualities. The best part is that these are all easy to recreate and do yourself.

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Inspiration for the Perfect Spring Centerpiece | HomeandEventStyling.com #spring #centerpiece #entertaining #tablescapeIncorporating fresh (or faux) fruit into your centerpiece is unexpected and gives it some extra panache.

Inspiration for the Perfect Spring Centerpiece | HomeandEventStyling.com #spring #centerpiece #entertaining #tablescapeA cake stand in a fresh color can double as a stand for a lovely spring bouquet.

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Inspiration for the Perfect Spring Centerpiece | HomeandEventStyling.com #spring #centerpiece #entertaining #tablescapeFor an inexpensive DIY project, spray-paint tin cans in spring colors and fill them with lovely flowers from your garden.

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Inspiration for the Perfect Spring Centerpiece | HomeandEventStyling.com #spring #centerpiece #entertaining #tablescapeWould you ever thought of asparagus as a bouquet? It’s an unexpected and chic alternative. Tutorial: Good Housekeeping

Inspiration for the Perfect Spring Centerpiece | HomeandEventStyling.com #spring #centerpiece #entertaining #tablescapeCarrots create a whimsical pattern in the glass bowl, while matching tulips spring from the top.

Inspiration for the Perfect Spring Centerpiece | HomeandEventStyling.com #spring #centerpiece #entertaining #tablescapePieces of firewood leftover from the winter can become the base of rustic centerpieces.

Which one of these spring centerpieces was your favorite?

Warm regards,
Megan

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10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots

Polka dots are such a simple, yet whimsical pattern. Though people often associate polka dots with baby clothes or little girls’ dresses, the truth is that these circles can be very chic in decor. It all comes down to color and how you choose to use them. They have experienced a surge in popularity in home design in recent years and it’s not hard to see why when you look at some of the inspiring spaces that have taken advantage of their timeless charm. Here are some stylish ideas for decorating with polka dots that will help you see this pattern in a different way.

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comBlack and white polka dots cover the ceiling and walls in this small bathroom for a bold touch of character. Mixing them with rich textures such as a wood frame and black lacquer cabinets elevate it to a more elegant appeal.

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comThe pillows bring in a nice punch of color, while keeping in line with the traditional essence of the space.

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comThe polka dots on the bar stools bring some extra dimension to the kitchen island, playing well off the yellow paint color.

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comGive your washer and dryer some whimsy with these DIY tutorials for stripes and polka dots. Tutorial: A Beautiful Mess

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comGold polka dots do double duty in this bathroom, adding texture and a metallic sheen for a contemporary edge.

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comThese vintage floor tiles still look chic today, showing the staying power of the polka dot pattern.

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comDress up the back of your bookcase with polka dot wrapping paper for some unexpected character.

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comThe black and white polka dots serve as an eye-catching backdrop to the emerald green accents for a fabulous first impression.

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comEven your outdoor space can benefit from a dose of polka dots, like the red pillows warming up these simple fold-out chairs.

10 Stylish Ideas for Decorating with Polka Dots | HomeandEventStyling.comThis easy DIY wall art looks chic when matted and framed and could suit any space in the home in need of some art. Tutorial: Danielle Oakey Interiors

What’s not to love about decorating with polka dots?

Warm regards,
Megan

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10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character

Interior doors can be about a lot more than just closing off one area from the next. They can provide as much style to a space as any other element that it possesses. They are a great opportunity to bring some character and charm to your home in an easy way. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to update your doors. There are some clever tricks that can make your interior doors go from drab to fab and make a statement that will add personality to the entire space. Here are 10 ways to update your doors with character.

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com1. Paint them in a color. Interior doors can bring some major punch to a space when painted in a color, whether it is bold or subtle. They don’t have to be strictly neutral.

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com2. Paint them black or a dark color. If you want a neutral color on your doors but want to give them a bold, unexpected look, try painting them black or a dark color. They will look rich and elegant.

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com3. Add molding. Doors with molding have a more upscale appeal than flat doors, but you don’t have to pay a fortune to get them. You can add molding right on top of plain doors for the same effect. Tutorial: BHG

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com4. Switch them out for French doors. They are great for a space such as a home office or sitting room because the windows allow light to continuously pour through, even when the doors are shut.

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com5. Add medallions. Some doors come with medallion shapes built into them, but you can tackle another fun DIY project by purchasing ceiling medallions and creating the same look on plain doors. Mix them with molding and you’ll really have that upscale look you love.

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com6. Get creative with paint. Stencils or patterns can bring a ton of character to an interior door. You can even paint the side in a bright color for a little unexpected dose of charm.

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com7. Emphasize the details. Painting the border around molding in a color or even a metallic such as gold draws your eye to the details.

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com8. Switch out the hardware. Sometimes, all you need is some new hardware to spice up your interior doors. Choose something a little more upscale to make the entire door seem more expensive.

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com9. Hang a tassel on the door knob. This element requires the least amount of work, but definitely brings some personality and color to a door with a little vintage flair.

10 Ways to Update Your Doors with Character | HomeandEventStyling.com10. Try high gloss lacquer. It will give a door a much more glamorous, chic appeal just by changing out the type of paint you use with something with a lot of sheen.

Any of these ideas can turn your interior doors into a fabulous piece of your home.

Warm regards,
Megan

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