Click through the photos to see how we decorated our lighthouse, but go to town doing it your way! The point is not to make it perfect, but to be creative–and to leave some candy for the house.
To decorate upper lighthouse windows and walkway: Pipe icing along the edges of the lighthouse window and attach peppermint
sticks. Pipe icing along base of windows and attach cinnamon candies. Pipe or glue pretzel or thin stick candy around perimeter
of walkway; let harden completely before working any more on this area. Pipe icing on railing posts and attach licorice rope
railing. (Hint: Place large gumdrops or stacks of cookies under the railing so it does not slip while icing hardens.) Pipe
a small drop of icing on top of the posts and attach silver dragees.
To decorate external walls of lighthouse: Spread a thin layer of icing on one lighthouse wall with spatula and attach gum
candies to resemble bricks. Repeat with other walls. Let harden.
To decorate keeper's cottage: Pipe or spread icing with a spatula on roof of house and layer flat candies for shingles, or
use spatula to spread icing. Pipe lighthouse and cottage with additional frosting and decorate as desired. Top with icing
"snow," if desired. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a recently snowed effect, but remember it will not last long as humidity
will melt the powdered sugar eventually.
Attach pretzel windows on house and door. Position doors in place and pipe to attach the lighthouse to the cottage.
To make wreaths: Cut dried fruit rolls into thin strips and fashion into bows, pressing in center. Attach to yogurt-covered
round pretzels with a small dot of icing.
To make trees: Spread outside of ice cream cones with green-tinted icing. Roll in colored sprinkles or attach silver dragees
to resemble silver ornaments.
To make topiaries: Pipe around flat green gumdrops and insert into mini ice cream cones. Attach rounded gumdrop with icing.
To make candy cane light posts and dock: Pipe ends of miniature candy canes with icing and attach yellow jujubees. For the
dock: Pipe or glue pretzel sticks together. Pipe ends with frosting and attach candy lampposts.