After gathering your supplies, paint the decorative dowel on the top of the birdhouse white. Paint the rest of the birdhouse brown. We enjoyed using Testors Craft Brownie, as it was the perfect shade of brown for gingerbread. Apply a second coat of paint after the first coat is dry.
While the birdhouse is drying, paint the 1 x 1/8 inch wooden circles in wafer candy inspired colors. We used Testors Craft Coffee, Fuschia, Purple, Orange, White, Green, Sunshine, Ruby, and Paradise. When the wooden circles are dry, apply a second coat, being sure to cover the sides completely with paint.
While the circles are drying, twist one 7 mm screw eye into the top of the birdhouse. Now is also a great time to plug in the hot glue gun and paint 15 craft picks white. The craft picks will later become icing!
While the craft picks are drying, begin hot gluing the wooden circles to the roof of the gingerbread birdhouse. Start at the bottom, securing 3 circles in a row with hot glue. Slightly overlap each new row until you reach the white dowel. Repeat on the other side of the roof.
Next, glue the white craft picks along the sides of the wooden birdhouse to emulate icing. I used scissors to cut the craft picks to ensure a perfect fit.
Finally, kids will enjoy decorating the house with additional wood pieces. We used extra 1 x 1/8 inch wooden circles to make peppermint candies, 3/8″ furniture button to create M&Ms, and turned 3/4 x 1/8 inch wooden circles into Sprees. I placed a peppermint candy on all 4 sides of the gingerbread house. The smaller round circles and furniture buttons were quickly used by my children and I didn’t get a chance to put any on the house I made!
If desired, seal the gingerbread birdhouse with clear acrylic spray before stringing a piece of twine through the screw eye. I filled the birdhouse with a small bit of gift wrap crinkle to make it look like a little holiday bird was enjoying her new festive abode!