For this gingerbread house, we decided to restrict our colour palette to red, white, brown/black and just a touch of green on the trees. Those peppermint stripe candy trees were purchased "as is." All we did was glue them down with a ton of icing. And, as you can see, our fence was made of half-Oreos with an occasional marshmallow post.
The difficult thing about this house was the #@$%!!! roof. We shingled it with those very thin chocolate wafer cookies. They inevitably broke when applied to the roof. For every whole shingle that we managed to get on, there were at least six broken cookies. It took the entire box to finish the job and, believe me, that's a lot of cookies! And someone had to eat all the broken ones . . . .
But we were very pleased with the end result. It will be hard in the future to top this house for sheer magnificence, I think, but we will try. That's how it is for true artistes.