How to Make a Redneck Gingerbread Trailer in 10 Easy Steps
Don’t you hate it when you see something really cute, but no directions are given? Or when they are given, but they’re not very clear? I know Ido. That’s why I am going to go the extra mile to show you how to create a redneck gingerbread house that your friends and family will get a kick out of in just 10 easy steps. I've included photos of my process to help you follow along.
Here's a list of suggested materials for your gingerbread trailer. Before you begin, I recommend gathering everything you need and having it in front of you.
- Base: quart-sized beverage carton (e.g. milk, juice, eggnog)
- Roof and sides: graham crackers
- Door: Milano cookie
- Trailer hitch: giant-sized marshmallow and two candy canes
- Wheels: chocolate-covered mini donuts
- Windows: Keebler fudge round minis
- Deck: 2–3 Kit Kat bars for floor and stairs, pretzel sticks for rails
- Lights: mini M&Ms
- Picnic table: regular-sized marshmallow, cocktail umbrella, and mini-marshmallows for chairs
- Satellite dish: mini Keebler fudge stripe cookie, one pretzel stick
- Other decorations: Life Savers, powdered sugar for snow, toy cars, and sugar cubes for cinder blocks
Step 1: Make Royal Icing
You must make royal icing. You can use regular icing for decorating, but royal icing is the cement that will hold your trailer together. Here is the royal icing recipe I use. It calls for cream of tartar, not meringue powder. It is easy to make and works well. Cream of tartar is also easier to find than meringue powder.
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 egg whites, beaten
- Sift the sugar and cream of tartar together.
- Add eggs.
- Beat with electric mixer for about 5 minutes until it peaks and holds its shape.
Step 2: Ice the Carton
Spread royal icing on the top and sides of the carton.
Step 3: Add Graham Cracker Halves
Break the graham crackers into halves and stick them on the top and sides of the iced carton.
Step 4: Fill in Gaps
Use graham cracker quarters to fill in any gaps.
Step 5: Make a Foundation
Make a foundation of Starlight mints. A marshmallow can be used at each corner. Use royal icing to glue the trailer to its peppermint foundation.
Step 6: Add the Lights.
Pipe on icing and add mini M&Ms for the lights.
Step 7: Add a Deck and Steps.
Make the deck and steps with Kit Kat bars. Use royal icing to glue the pretzel stick railings together. Let them dry separately. Glue on a Milano cookie door. Add a yellow M&M doorknob. You don’t have to worry about neatness when making the deck rails. Just cover them with a layer of "snow" decorator icing.
Step 8: Embellish with Details.
Finish decorating with lifesavers candies, fudge rounds cookies for windows, and a mini fudge stripe satellite dish attached to a pretzel stick.
Step 8: Add a Trailer Hitch.
Form a trailer hitch from two candy canes and attach it to the gingerbread trailer with royal icing. Prop it up on a large marshmallow.
Step 10: Decorate the Yard
Add the yard decorations. Consider adding toy cars, old tires (chocolate mini donuts), maybe a car with no tires on sugar cube cinder blocks, and a marshmallow table with a cocktail umbrella stuck in it surrounded by mini marshmallow chairs. Use the powdered sugar left over from the icing to add a sprinkling of snow.