20 Gingerbread House Ideas
Bring some Christmas magic to your home with our favorite gingerbread house ideas.
These gingerbread house ideas are great places to start when making your edible Christmas village. Start with one of our top-rated gingerbread cookie recipes and then get the basics on how to build a gingerbread house (we’ve got gingerbread house templates if you need ’em!).
Whether you want to build a petite chalet or a towering mansion, we’re sure that the process will be just as much fun as enjoying snacking on cookies. So whip up a batch of royal icing (it’ll help your gingerbread house stay together) and grab all your favorite candies. Then, start building!
Gingerbread LodgeWith a little effort, a basic A-frame gingerbread house kit becomes this snowy ski lodge. We used candy rocks for the exterior, rolled wafer cookies for exposed beams and a heaping helping of royal icing and coarse sugar for the snow-kissed rooftop.
Gingerbread CabinWho wouldn’t want to curl up in this cozy gingerbread cabin? A basic A-frame kit gets dressed up with shredded wheat cereal, pretzel rods and candy rocks. Our favorite embellishment is the mounted candy “antlers” on the front door, made from a chocolate disc and broken pretzel pieces.
No winter village is complete without a few snowmen! Add these marshmallow decorations to your list of gingerbread house ideas. Use a skewer to stick a few marshmallows together, then pipe on the eyes and nose. To create snow piles next to your snowmen, use white chocolate chips!