Ditch the Gumdrops & Licorice: Gingerbread House Decorating Contest with IOD

Are you ready for another creative challenge with the Sisters of Iron Orchid Designs? Announcing the IOD Gingerbread House Challenge.

For this one, we’re hopping off the runway and into the kitchen — looking for epic gingerbread house creations made with IOD.

What’s the IOD Gingerbread House Challenge?

It’s a contest where you create the most delicious, festive, funny, magical — BEYOND imagination — gingerbread house using your favorite IOD products.

There will be two judging categories: Edible and Non-Edible.

In the Edible Category, you must only use materials that can safely be eaten. Your masterpiece should taste as good as it looks!

For the Non-Edible Category, you can use whatever you like but the end product must be recognizable as a gingerbread house. The winner of each category will get $500 worth of IOD products of their choice (retail value). Think of all you could make in the kitchen with that!?!

How to Enter the IOD Gingerbread House Challenge

The IOD Gingerbread House Challenge starts today, December 2, 2020 and entries will be accepted through midnight PST, Sunday, December 20, 2020.

To submit an entry, tag us on a picture of your sweet creation on either Instagram or Facebook AND add the hashtag #IODGingerbreadHouse. (Important to do both to make sure we see your entry.) Let us know if your creation is edible or non-edible and include a list of the IOD products you used with your post.

On December 20th, we’ll choose three finalists for each category. Then we’ll share the photos from the finalists on both Instagram and Facebook for you to vote on by Liking your favorite projects. 

One gingerbread house from each category with the most combined Likes from Facebook and Instagram by 9am PST on December 23 will take the prize. 

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Terms & Conditions for the IOD Gingerbread House Challenge

  1. There is no fee to participate in the challenge.
  2. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. 
  3. The contest will run for 18 days, beginning on December 2, 2020 and ending on December 20, 2020. Submissions after midnight on December 20, 2020 will not be accepted.
  4. No product purchase is necessary to enter.
  5. Making a purchase of an IOD product does not increase your chances of winning. 
  6. Submissions will be judged based on the number of Likes received on both Facebook and Instagram for a particular entry.
  7. Prizes total less than $500 US cash value. 
  8. Prizes can not be exchanged for cash value.
  9. This contest is void where prohibited.
  10. By entering in this challenge, participants agree to the Terms and Conditions set forth. 

Quick Recap of How To Enter the IOD Gingerbread House Challenge

  • Use IOD products to create the most fantastical gingerbread house celebrating the holiday season
  • Upload your photo to Instagram or Facebook (Make sure to set your post to “Public” if using Facebook)
  • Let us know if your house is “edible” or “non-edible” and also what IOD products you used and any other fun details 
  • Tag IOD and add the hashtag #IODGingerbreadHouse to your post so we can find your entry
  • Share your post with the world before midnight PST on Sunday, December 20, 2020
  • Finalists will be announced on Monday, December 21, 2020 and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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12 Comments

  1. Anonymous on December 3, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Love Love Love your products !!!!!!!
    That’s all I can say, can be sitting in my Kitchen
    Transferring them all Day!
    Just Give me some of your products, and leave me alone, don’t bother me, just let me be, I even turn off my PHONE 😳!!!!!
    So…. now I think you really get an idea of how much I Love them all…..and I have tons already, but I can always use a new haul…..😂

    PS turn off my cell too😉

    #IOD Products

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on December 7, 2020 at 11:47 am

      Ha ha, thank you for making our day with your comment, Anonymous!

      So glad you love using IOD products as much as we do! ❤️

  2. Jessica Chavez on December 3, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Woo hoo! How FUN!! I’m super excited! What a perfect idea! Especially NOW (been confined to bed after my 4th back surgery staph/septic shock/MRSA etc etc) now!!! I’m grabbing my kids rightNOW and MAKING them help me! ! 😂 it will be a nice change of pace for them, they have been having to be my around the clock nurses) count “us” IN!! Thank you!!

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on December 7, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Wow, Jessica! Recovery from surgery is NO JOKE. I’m so glad you’ll be able to participate and do so alongside your kids! We hope it’s a fun and special time for you! Can’t wait to see your creation! ❤️

  3. Penny Mills on December 3, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Well this sounds like fun but no time at all ugh I will watch for everyone’s great ideas though…they will be an inspiration for sure

    • Anna Armstrong on December 3, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      Hello. I’m inspired. Can I enter both edible & non edible?

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on December 7, 2020 at 11:45 am

      Thanks, Penny! We are so looking forward to everyone’s submissions! ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Sheilla on December 3, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    I think this is an awesome idea and am sad that I will not be able to participate as I receive your emails but I do not use the other social media platforms. I understand it makes it easier to have others judge the contest but wish there was an email way to send a photo that you then post to your site.

    Love your creativity.

  5. Tammy Trahan on December 12, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Ladies!!
    Ok, I have a question.
    First of all I want to say that I LOVE your products. I collect mostly your molds and stamps, along with some transfers. I began collecting the re-design molds about 3 – 4 years ago and now collecting the larger IOD molds and stamps too. I have a bunch!! My question is:
    Did you 2 ladies design the re-design molds as well. The mold material is very similar so I’ve been thinking that you both have done them as well. I am a sugar artist/ cookie decorator and I love using your products. Is there a place where I can read about you’re your history and your product history? Also, Is there a Master List
    for all molds, stencils etc.? I know that I will need to find the names of the molds and of the stamps I’m using to make my gingerbread house. I’m running the race to finish my masterpiece!!!
    Thanks for your response,
    Tammy Trahan

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