DIY Gingerbread House

I love Gingerbread Houses!  I love walking thru Gingerbread House displays during the holidays. We make our own Gingerbread House every year, it’s one of our Christmas traditions.

Gingerbread HouseWe’ve made them using store bought kits as well as making our own out of graham crackers and candies.  In either case our houses never quite look like the pictures, possibly because we never read all the directions. Nonetheless we have lots of fun making them and the kids love to munch on them.


Gingerbread Making

Image by Savvy Nana

One year at my daughter-in-law’s annual company Christmas party the main event was a Gingerbread House building contest.  My son, who along with the rest of us, has a very competitive streak got a bit carried away with their house and built a  large patio with  swimming pool. Alas he didn’t win,.  He claims his loss was due to lack of time and his pool was left unfinished.

Here are a few recipes to make your own Gingerbread House and some ideas to inspire you.

Whether you decide to make your own building materials or use a kit you buy from the grocery or discount store enjoy the activity, and remember you’re limited only by your imagination!

Gingerbread Houses

If you decide to make one out of Graham Crackers here’s a tutorial from Meet Penny.







Nancy Clinton who make displays for Chicago Botanical’s  annual Wonderland Express makes a fragrant no back gingerbread dough to use on her trains.

This dough can be used to make ornaments, a gingerbread house, and even fake cinnamon sticks!  Click here to learn how to make this dough.  





If you really want to make your gingerbread house from scratch the traditional way here’s a great tutorial from Frog Prince Paperie.




Gingerbread Glue

Once you’ve made your gingerbread, you’re going to need “glue”.  Even when we used the kits we still had to make our own icing, there was never enough in the kit.


Here’s Kid’s Activities Blog’s “secret” recipe for Gingerbread Glue.  




Pretzel House

Who says you need to use Gingerbread to make a house?  Not the folks from Worth Pinning.
They made these cool Log Cabins from Pretzel Rods!


Learn how here! 



Gingerbread House

And who says they need to be BIG?

Not Martha will show you how to make these cute gingerbread houses to perch on your mug of cocoa.  Kids and adults will love them!





Candy Lights

You can decorate your gingerbread house with lights made from candies.

Learn how to make them on Bit Rebel.  






Grape Branches

You can use grape branches dipped in chocolate for your trees.


Learn how from Artisan Cake Company. 





Waffle Cone Trees

Or you can make trees from waffle cones.

Learn how from the Discount Queens.








Teddy Graham

You can even make these adorable Teddy Sleighs from Tip Junkie






Candy Train

And what gingerbread house would be complete without candy trains.

Learn how to make them using a roll of lifesavers from Passion for Savings







Christmas village

Maybe one day with enough practice your house could look like this and win the Best in Show at the Boston Christmas Festival!  


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