Gingerbread House Design Ideas

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

One of our family Christmas traditions is to build a Gingerbread House together.   It’s so much fun building and mostly decorating.  We find though one lolly for the house one for the mouth, lol.  This is a fun tradition and one I know we will continue for many many years.

The first year we started the tradition I made our gingerbread from scratch…I burnt it and it broke, but we still managed to put something together.  The following year I found a gingerbread kit which was so much easier.  I have purchased a kit every year since.  Gingerbread house kits can be found in various department and grocery stores.

This is my little kiddies back in 2010

and in 2009.

Gingerbread House Design Ideas

Stress free tips for making a christmas gingerbread house – Now days kits are available complete with frosting and candy.  Whether you make your own from scratch, swiftly stash a kit into your grocery cart or are thinking about starting this new tradition and are little intimidated, I’ve got some helpful tips that will hopefully make it a little less stressful.   Idea via Snickerdoodle.


Snow dripping from the roof – very cute and effective design – image credit.


A delightful little christmas scene – with Christmas m&m and some handwork – image credit


Rice Bubble Gingerbread House The very basic ideas is to melt white chocolate and mix in some Rice Bubbles. You then have to work quite quickly to transfer the Rice Bubbles onto two flat baking sheets, pressing down quite firmly to get two large flat slabs. Once this has set in the fridge, you use your white chocolate Rice Bubble ‘slabs’ to make up the structure of your house and with a bit of icing, just stick it all together and decorate – recipe here.


Another cute rice bubble house, found via dolled up design. 


Using Marshmallows – Marshmallows are easy to manipulate and you can use them to add detail to your house, image credit Food Network, page no longer avaiable.


Snowman – this looks easy and simply so cute.  Image via Wilton.


It’s suggested here to decorate before assembling, what do you think?? – via pinterest.


This design is lovely and colourful, original imae credit unknown.


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Kat November 24, 2011 - 11:07 AM

I got some gingerbread house biscuit cutters from spotlight recently – so I don’t have to buy a kit each year! The added bonus is that I can make the gingerbread from my grandmothers recipe, which tastes 100x better than any kit ever has 😉

Katrina December 21, 2011 - 11:58 PM

Ooh wow, I love that idea, I might see if I can find some, thankyou for sharing.

Anonymous November 25, 2011 - 1:22 PM

I purchased one of the kit ones last year but it was so muggy that the roof kept falling off!!

Katrina December 22, 2011 - 12:01 AM

Ooh no Kirsty. We usually make it the last afternoon Daddy works which is a day or two before Christmas and he magically always arrives home at the fun stage of decorating. Then it’s eaten rather quickly.

Paula November 25, 2011 - 10:25 PM

Great tradition Kat. I started that as well but am not sure how it will go this year with my very enthusiastic 2.5 year old. We might make gingerbread biscuits (own choice for shape) and decorate them. I then like to leave a couple for ‘Santa’.

Katrina December 22, 2011 - 12:03 AM

That sounds like just as much fun!

Row January 12, 2012 - 3:43 PM

we do this every year too, the first year I bought a kit from ikea and was very pedantic about where the lollies went on it… I have made one ever since, just tastes so much better! I make it cut out, bake it, let it cool and then ‘stick’ it all together with royal icing… there ends my contribution… This is when I let the kids loose on it! I have 3 packets of different coloured royal icing (icing that I have made in a ziplock bag with colour, then snip one of the corners off) And have 3 bowls in front of my three boys, filled with lollies, sprinkles, freckles, whatever yolu want. When they have finished with the house (and trashing mine) then we wrap it in clear cellophane with a bow and it sits in the middle of the table until christmas day when my hubby smashes it! Weve done this for seven years now and the novelty hasnt worn off yet 🙂

Elizabeth Hernández December 10, 2018 - 6:36 PM

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Elizabeth Hernández December 10, 2018 - 6:41 PM

I’ve entered the info you need from me several times. I need to give my cc number to order this ebook from Paula Biggs and this keeps asking the same repeated questions. Not a tecky person please help.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 11, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Hi Elizabeth I’m not sure which eBook you are referring too, you can get my eBook above for free but I don’t have Paula Biggs eBook, you may be confusing me with someone else? x

Julie December 11, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Love some of these ideas. My daughter is celiac and vegan so we made a gluten free, vegan gingerbread house last year . It was soooo good.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 12, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Glad this blog was helpful Julie 🙂

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