How to Preserve a Gingerbread House

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How to Preserve a Gingerbread House. If you've created one of the seven architectural wonders of the Christmas world, you may not want to let it die a natural death. Here's how to preserve it for next year.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray Varnish Or Polyurethane
  • Sturdy Boxes (preferably Airtight)
  • Gingerbread Houses

Repair anything that needs repairing - candy or trim that's fallen off, or a porch railing that's broken.

Remove any pieces you don't want to keep (vegetation; plastic animals) and toss them or store them separately.

Put the gingerbread house in a warm room for at least 24 hours to dry out any ambient moisture it may have picked up in your house.

Place the dry house in a well-ventilated room and spray well with varnish. (It is possible to use a brush, but you'll probably end up knocking a lot of the candy off.)

Make sure to cover the house completely with varnish - inside door frames and windows included. Spray the inside first, then circle the outside.

Allow to dry completely.

Store in a sturdy box in a dry place.

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