11 Gingerbread House Tips & Hacks for This Holiday Season

It is the holiday season and that means, its time to make and decorate gingerbread houses. Building gingerbread houses has been a holiday tradition for hundreds of years and is great past time for family and friends. But, Before you start rounding up the kids and grand kids for this fun holiday activity, here are some of the most important gingerbread house tips from our expert bakers to help get you started.

gingerbread house tips.

 1. Baking Gingerbread vs Using a Pre-made Kit – The Most Important Decision 

Now, before you start decorating your gingerbread house, it’s important to figure out which route you will take, either baking your gingerbread from scratch or purchasing a pre-made kit. There are many advantages and disadvantages to both. 

Baking You Gingerbread

The benefit of baking your gingerbread houses is that you have more flexibility in design and control of how your house will look and feel. This allows you to make a smaller or much larger gingerbread house. 

Generally speaking, making your own gingerbread house, if done correctly, will lead to a more stable house compared to most kits which could have broken gingerbread. This means, making your gingerbread house will be an easier feat and more enjoyable. Lastly, once its time to eat your gingerbread house, it will taste one hundred times better than any store-bought kit. 

The main issue of making your own house is that it requires more time and preparation. You must purchase the proper baking ingredients for your gingerbread house. This can add a few more hours to the process, which could be an issue; especially if you have younger and eager decorators. 

Also, you will need to make sure you have the proper molds or templates for the gingerbread house walls, doors and base ready to go. If you have more time and patience, we highly recommend making your gingerbread. If you have children who just want to decorate and enjoy the activity, think about getting a kit. 

Using Gingerbread House Kits

In short, gingerbread house kits are the best option for kids and those who just want to decorate. All the supplies are included and the gingerbread is pre-made. The only issues are that some kits can have broken gingerbread pieces and the candy and gingerbread have a tendency to be stale. 

2. Choosing a Theme – Where to find Inspiration

Choosing a theme is a very important step to think about before you start decorating and constructing your gingerbread house. The most popular and common decoration ideas can be found by doing a quick search on Google, Pinterest or this article about the most popular gingerbread decorations ideas. Why it’s important to find a theme before decorating is ensure that you have all the needed supplies, plus this will shape how you will make your gingerbread house (if it’s from scratch)

Common gingerbread themes include:

  • Winter wonderland
  • Classic Gingerbread House
  • The Log Cabin
  • Christmas themes with green, red and white accents. 
log cabin gingerbread house decor.

3. Finding a Template or Pattern Before You Create (Recommended) 

There are many gingerbread templates and patterns that are available online. Once more, do your best to choose a template that will fit your gingerbread theme before you bake your gingerbread. These templates can range from the popular Victorian style pattern to the more classic style gingerbread house. Each template should come with walls, doors, roof and window outlines for you to follow. 

example of gingerbread template houses.

4. Selecting Candy and Decorations Ahead of Time

Once you have your theme and template chosen, its time to think about the candy and decorations that you would like to use. The most common gingerbread house candies include Hershey kisses, m&ms, and dots. To make sure your candy fits the theme you may want to choose specific colored candies. 

candy decoration examples.

For example, a class gingerbread house would include, red, green and white. In this instance using red M&Ms, green dots and white royal icing would be encouraged. For more advanced themes, like a log cabin, keep to darker more rustic looking candies and decorations like Hershey kisses.

Additional decorations like Santa and reindeer cutouts can also be added to give the gingerbread house a special touch. These cut out and edible decorations can take your gingerbread house to the next level by adding more of a holiday theme that cannot be done with traditional candy. 

5. Building A Gingerbread House with Proper Foundation

Before you start constructing, know that a gingerbread house with the best foundation will make the activity. This means that before you start putting your gingerbread walls up, do your best to have thick royal icing on hand, plus thicker gingerbread to make the house more stable. 

proper foundation gingerbread houses.

6. Decorating Walls and Doors Before You Build

Most beginner gingerbread house makers, decorate after the house has been built. This is one of the most common mistakes in gingerbread houses. To get a cleaner and better design, we highly recommend that you decorate each piece of gingerbread individually, on a flat surface. This allows for now just a cleaner design, but a more cohesive looking house. This tip is highly recommended if you have children decorators. It tends to be easier for them to build their houses this way compared to when the house is already built. 

7. Additional Structural Support

Once you start putting up the walls and doors, an easy trick is to use any type of canned food as a way to prop up your gingerbread. While it’s propped up, use additional icing to make sure the doors, walls and roof stick. Make sure you hold gingerbread together for 15 seconds after you apply the frosting 

8. Using More Than Enough Frosting 

We will say this one more time, use more icing on the corners of each piece of gingerbread before you connected them is highly recommended. Make sure to make plenty of icing ahead of time. 

use a lot of icing for the best gingerbread houses.

9. Being Patient 

Patience will pay off when building and decorating your gingerbread house. For the best outcome, take your time while decorating and constructing. It can be difficult to re-decorate a piece of gingerbread, so take your time. Which leads us to our next tip.

10. Bake Additional Gingerbread

Have additional pieces of gingerbread on hand if you are baking. Do you best to have at least an additional set of gingerbread as a back up just in case there are any broken pieces. You can store your fresh gingerbread in a tin container for up to 7 days as a back up.

kids building gingerbread houses.

11. Keeping the Tradition Alive

Lastly, keep this holiday tradition alive. This is a great opportunity to bring family and friends together. By making gingerbread houses an annual tradition, you will be able to have a set day every year to rekindle relationships. 

30+ Free Gingerbread House Clipart & Photos 2020

Looking for gingerbread house clipart to spruce up any holiday presentations, documents or decor? We have compiled different holiday gingerbread themed clipart, from black and white to candy-coated gingerbread houses.

Here are over thirty free clipart images for you to use.

Simple Gingerbread House Clipart

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Candy Gingerbread House Clipart

Colorful Gingerbread Clipart

Red Gingerbread House Clipart

Holiday Variety Clipart

Black and White Gingerbread Man

Making Gingerbread House Clipart

Gingerbread Village Clipart

Blue Gingerbread Clipart

Gingerbread Cookie Clipart

Gingerbread and Gumdrops Clipart

Gingerbread men and trees

Gingerbread Holiday Variety Clipart

Gingerbread and Desserts

Gingerbread Christmas Cookies Clipart

Classic Gingerbread and Mistletoe

Gingerbread House with Candy Roof

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Gingerbread Men and Houses Clipart

Simple Color Gingerbread House Clipart

Holiday Gingerbread Clipart

Classic Holiday Themed Clipart

Gingerbread Santa and Reindeer Clipart

Gingerbread Clipart with Boarder

Gingerbread & Holiday Desserts Clipart

Classic Gingerbread with Colorful Windows and Roof

Old Style Gingerbread House Clipart

Blue Themed Gingerbread Cookies & House

Black & White Stencil Gingerbread House Clipart

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Black and White Decorating Gingerbread House Clipart

Harry Potter Gingerbread Houses: Hogwarts and More

Harry potter has been one of the most influential films of the last twenty years. Its popularity has now made its way into the holiday traditions. Every Christmas, Harry Potter gingerbread houses are becoming more common.

Whether they are handcrafted or professionally made, the Hogwarts Castle and the Hogwarts Express train tend to me the most popular. However, there are new gingerbread creations every year.

Here are the newest and most common Harry Potter gingerbread houses.

Hogwarts Gingerbread Houses

hogwarts gingerbread display.
professional hohwarts ginerbread-design display.
hogwarts gingerbread house.
harry potter gingerbread house.
hogwarts hand crafted.

Diagon alley

An iconic wizardly alley filled with shops, restaurants and where Harry Potter is introduced to his wand; Diagon Alley gingerbread houses are starting to become more popular.

zonkos joke shop harry potter gingerbread.
Harry Potter Cookies.

Harry Potter House Cookies – Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Gryffindor

Which Hogwarts House do you belong to? Take a look at these great Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Gryffindor house cookie photos and make one this holiday season.

harry potter house cookies.

harry potter house gingerbread cookies.

Hogwarts Express Train

This handmade gingerbread Hogwarts express train is simply incredible. The amount of details created by the frosting, plus the mini Harry, Hermione, Ron and Hagrid figures are beautifully crafted.

hogwarts gingerbread train.

Harry Potter Gingerbread Men & Women

Continue the holiday tradition of baking gingerbread men and women by creating a Harry Ron and He Hermione gingerbread figures.

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Walmart Gingerbread House Review 2020

Wondering, where you should purchase your gingerbread house this Christmas? Walmart sells a large variety of gingerbread houses from October to the end of December.

You can find many different themed kits, ranging from classic gingerbread houses to a modern gingerbread manor and even a large gingerbread house village.

walmart gingerbread house review.

Also, Walmart offers a ready- to-decorate gingerbread cookie set which comes with pre-made gingerbread men.

The Pros of purchasing a gingerbread house at Walmart

  • Great selection of gingerbread house and cookie kits
  • Many gingerbread house decorations and themes to choose from
  • An incredible baking section for additional gingerbread house candy
  • Gingerbread house kits at different price points
  • Free pick up for online purchases
  • Good return policy for any issues.
  • Lay away for any kits out of

The Cons of purchasing your gingerbread house at Walmart

  • During the holidays, Walmart can be crowded.
  • They may have a lower gingerbread house selection than advertised

Walmart Gingerbread House Kit Review

For our review, we purchased the Wilton gingerbread house manor and Wilton ready to decorate gingerbread house kit.

These gingerbread houses came with the all of the standard materials:

The kit from Walmart had no issues and was easy to set up.

Overall, the gingerbread house only took 30 minute to make and came out great. Most of the gingerbread houses are very kid-friendly and easy to make. Besides the long line at Walmart, we felt that purchasing our gingerbread house was there was great. We highly recommend it.

How Long Does Gingerbread Last?

Generally, Gingerbread can last up to 12 months with proper storage. Based on the type of gingerbread, there are different expiration dates. Here are the 3 different types of gingerbread and their expiration.

gingerbread dough.
  • Fresh gingerbread dough – with standard refrigeration and proper wrapping, fresh gingerbread dough can last up to 7 days. If you freeze fresh gingerbread dough and store properly, it will last up to 12 months in the freezer.
  • Pre made gingerbread – if you open pre-made gingerbread from a package and store it properly in the refrigerator, it will last about 7 days. If pre-made gingerbread is stored in the freezer, it can last up to 10 months. But, is not advised to eat because of poor taste and texture.
  • Gingerbread houses – Most store bought gingerbread house kits, unopened, have a shelf life of 12 months if placed in the freezer. Once opened and decorated, a gingerbread house has about a month before it becomes uneatable. Please remember, if you leave a gingerbread house out as decor, it can collect dust and attract ants. Its recommended to put any gingerbread house in a plastic container.

Lastly, most gingerbread houses that are left out during Thanksgiving and Christmas should not be eaten. Not that they can be harmful, but the stale gingerbread and candy would not be enjoyable.

How can you tell if gingerbread has expired?

There are four ways to tell if your gingerbread has expired.

  1. Expired gingerbread is extremely hard and no longer edible.
  2. The smell of the gingerbread is faint compared to typical gingerbread.
  3. Visually, gingerbread becomes discolored, changing to a lighter brown.
  4. Lastly, if there is the presence of mold, the gingerbread is expired and should be thrown away.
gingerbread expiration.

How to store your gingerbread properly

Storing gingerbread is easy, just follow these steps:

  1. Wrap your gingerbread in saran, plastic wrap or tin foil. Double wrap your gingerbread to ensure its maximum freshness.
  2. Place your gingerbread in a tin or air tight plastic container. You can even use a
  3. Mark your container with the current date and its contents.
  4. Place in a refrigerator or freezer, all depending on when you will like to eat your gingerbread. A freezer will be the best option if you will not use the gingerbread for more than a week.
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39 Gingerbread House Decoration Ideas & Photos

Decorating a gingerbread house for the holiday season is a fun tradition for the whole family. The themes and ideas to decorate a gingerbread house are endless.

Most gingerbread house themes are simple and easy to create. It just depends on how much time and effort you are willing to put into this Christmas craft.

Before you start decorating, consider how you will create your gingerbread house. You can make a gingerbread house from scratch, which could take many hours or purchase a gingerbread house kit and decorate right away.

Then, consider what style of gingerbread house you want to build and decorate. Will it be a login cabin, traditional gingerbread house, or unique? Also, think about what type of gingerbread house candy you would like to add.

Here are gingerbread house decoration ideas to inspire you this holiday season.

1. Gingerbread House with Traditional Decorations

This traditional style gingerbread house is what anyone would envision when thinking about decorating a gingerbread house during the holidays. The whimsical colors of the gumdrops and hard candies are eye-catching and fun. The perfectly squishy looking trees and wreath above the door bring out the holiday-feel and also looks delicious! Our favorite is the use of the white frosting for the beautifully sheeted snow on top of the house.

classic gingerbread house.


2. Modern Gingerbread House with Chocolate Decorations

This modern chocolate gingerbread house looks too delicious not to eat! The use of the milk chocolate and white chocolate Kit Kat bars creating a checkered foundation for the walls makes for a unique gingerbread house look. The chocolate creates a look of a roof that is lightly dusted in the snow is smart as you won’t need to use too much frosting for this one. The red and green from the wreath adds a beautiful pop of color and hints at which season this is for.

modern chocolate gingerbread house.

3. Candy Roof Gingerbread House Ideas

This roof design is easier since it contains four gingerbread pieces compared to the six pieces that would be used for a traditional gingerbread house. The giant, colorful sweet tarts used for the roofing is the focal point of this gingerbread house. The intricate white frosting designs on the front of the house adds a feminine touch, while the greenery used around the house ties everything together.

creative tall roof design house.

4. Small Gingerbread House with Green Decorations

This small and green gingerbread house design has charming details. The house has red and green candies used as Christmas lights on the roof and a short chimney. The use of accessories like the snowman with the green hat, the candy canes and peppermint candies at the doorway, and use of gummies throughout really create a cute Christmas time feeling.

small and green gingerbread house house decorations.

5. A Large Gingerbread House with Stylish Frosting Ideas

If you have a gingerbread house mold that is quite large, this large gingerbread house with stylish frosting patterns and templates can be a sweet inspiration for you. Framing the first floor of the house with large trees and adding a colorful bunch of candies surrounding the house is a nice touch. The fluffy white frosting on the roof with confetti sprinkles creates a playful touch to the elegant frosting designs on the front of the house.

large gingerbread house with stylish frosting.

6. Classic Gingerbread House Decorations

The classic gingerbread house-made small and compact and an excellent testament of what you can accomplish with just two simple ingredients. Although there are quite a few decorative flourishes, such as the hard candy and gumdrop window accents, most of the house is constructed from just clever use of frosting. With just a few pattern changes, you can create a diverse pattern that mirrors tiles if you only have gingerbread and icing available. Multi-colored candies like Sixlets make for a subtle but beautiful shingle effect that is both visually arresting and tasty as well.

small classic gingerbread house. 

7. Cute Pink Gingerbread House Ideas

A fun take on the traditional gingerbread house with more emphasis placed on the front of the house. Multi-colored gumdrops form a narrow little path out of the snow, bringing more focus on the frosting and candied details of the front door. From frosting mistletoe, peppermint centerpieces and Mike&Ike window frames; the bright pink aesthetic provides a vibrant and cheery feel that your typical gingerbread colors don’t provide.

pink accented gingerbread house.


8. Gingerbread House with Frosting Icicles and Powdered Sugar Snow

The frosting icicles with powdered sugar snow gingerbread house paints the picture that Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause are inside next to a fire looking at the ‘naughty and nice’ list. The use of the gingerbread cookies and powdered sugar snow around the gingerbread house helps to create an inviting and winter feeling. The perfectly symmetric details from the frosting windows to the peppermint on the roof, are cozy and cute.


frosting icicles with powdered sugar snow gingerbread house.

9.Traditional Gingerbread House With Gumdrop Roof

Any kid’s dream as they think of gingerbread houses and with so much variety of tasty candies to eat and best of all, just about anyone can make this house. Gumdrops, hard candies and Sixlets dot the roof, offering you more color than just your typical gingerbread and frosting. The same candy combination also provides more color to your lawn and window accents. Symmetry is always lovely, but for a traditional house like this, imperfection offers more of a classic gingerbread charm.

traditional gingerbread house with gumdrop roof.

10. Login Cabin Decoration House Decor Using Pretzel Sticks

The modern log cabin design using pretzel sticks is an excellent inspiration for those who love the outdoors and a more rustic look. You can tell with the icicles along the roof, and white frosting touches within the cookie tree that it is winter time and cold. The login cabin style can be simple look without the use of bright colors and having its focal point being the pretzel sticks for the log cabin walls.

modern login cabin design using pretzel sticks.

11. Sugar Encrusted Gingerbread House with Frosting Decoration 

The sugar encrusted gingerbread house with frosting design has an almost artificial look to it as it has meticulous and hardened frosting and candy details. The sugar adds a hint of glimmer and fun to this unique gingerbread house. This particular gingerbread house would look great as a piece to be shown off, not eaten, within a ceramic Christmas Village collection.

sugar encrusted gingerbread house with frosting decoration. 


12. Classic Gumdrop Gingerbread House with Cotton Ball Smoke

This wonderfully whimsical classic gumdrop gingerbread house with cotton ball smoke coming from the chimney is quite intricate with its use of awnings and colorful details. The gumdrop details for the roofing is the focal point with its vibrant colors. The purpose of the red gummies for shutters and candy cane sticks for pillars, to the green frosting trees and rock candy and gummies surrounding the house paints the picture of the house being located in a forest.

classic gumdrop gingerbread house with cotton ball smoke.


13. Modern Pecan Gingerbread House with Rosemary Tree Wreath Decoration 

It’s great to mix up the traditional decorations if you have an individual who doesn’t particularly like candy or too many sweets. This modern pecan gingerbread house is the perfect inspiration for that individual, and the rosemary wreath adds a nice touch as it would also smell amazing once finished. The popcorn is used as fluffy snow, the pecans as windows, the sesame seeds and dried cranberries used to outline the house, and banana chips to create the dimensions of the roofing.

pecan gingerbread house with rosemary tree wreath decoration. 


14. Mini Gingerbread House with Peppermint Accent Windows

This gingerbread house is smaller than the average gingerbread kit. Clever use of green frosting, paired with white frosting form the base of the roof pattern. The green icing also serves as the door frame as well as the window trimming, giving the house beautiful holiday greenery. Peppermint candies add more color to the front of the house, with the windows made entirely of purple and pink lollipops. This house makes an excellent addition to your living room, allowing people to appreciate the detailed craftsmanship that went into it.

mini gingerbread house with peppermint accent windows.

15. Gold and Foil Hershey Kiss Gingerbread House Decor

The foil from the Hershey Kisses brings out the gold and silver charm of a gingerbread house like this. For those with a limited amount of candy on hand, this gingerbread house shows you that you can build. A wonderfully detailed and unique looking gingerbread house with just clever uses of one candy and some frosting. The kisses provide the window accents, the shingles and the lawn decorations, all without a last-minute trip to the store. Plus, this house is lovely for all those that like a little touch of gold as well.

gold and foil hershey kiss gingerbread house decor.

16.Smarty Candy Roof Decoration with Green Frosting Wreath

A house that breathes winter with its fun use of layering smarties to form a brilliantly multi-colored roof. An inspired use of frosting creates some very wintery icicles along with a beautiful decorative wreath. To round things out are some tasty looking gummy bushes along with lovely use of candied hearts to show the love and care to create this gingerbread house.

smarty candy roof decoration with green frosting wreath.

17. Blue Frosting Floral Themes Gingerbread House

A fantastic and whimsical design that shows off your artistic talents. A beautiful floral design is weaved throughout this house, ending with an even larger design and showing everyone what you really can accomplish with some just some inspiration and frosting. Blue frosting forms a lovely trim that provides just the right amount of contrast to showcase the floral pattern. From the small detail on the window frames, to the entire garden of blue and white flowers, you can quickly tell the amount of detail and care that was paid to this house.

blue frosting floral themes gingerbread house.

18. Professionally Designed Gingerbread House With Detailed Frosting Decor

From candy cane pillars to pretzel railings, chocolate nonpareils shingles, you can easily see the planned construction of this gingerbread house, and it’s inspired design. With perfectly symmetrical frosting gilding on the front and windows to the frosting on the chimney, you can easily see the simulation of melted snow. With the amount of intricate detail paid to every inch of this house, all the candies blend seamlessly to help form the look of an ordinary house and one that would be a shame to be eaten. 

professionally designed gingerbread house with detailed frosting decor.

19. Two Story Large Gingerbread House with Porch

A house that perfectly emulates a New England home in winter. This large mold uses chocolate bars to form the shingles of the roof with blue frosting emulating that shiny ‘blue paint’ finish. The wrinkles and air also help to reinforce this look, giving it the look of freshly painted wood. The porch is also a nice feature, made with chocolate bars as the walkways with candy cane supporting beams; it adds more the winter feel that much more.

two story large gingerbread house with porch.

20. Classic Gingerbread House with Snowman Decor

Another classic gingerbread design, but this time, complete with smiling snowman and a gingerbread Santa Clause to go with it! We see the regular gumdrop shingles with small Sixlet accents that bring out the color that the plain frosting and gingerbread lack. The windows and doors are constructed from peppermint candies and gumdrops and just a touch of frosting, really giving it a rustic feel.

classic gingerbread house with snowman decor.

21. Holiday Joy Gingerbread House

The pink Mike & Ikes give this house a Candyland feel with its vibrant colors and clever uses of red Sixlets for the juniper berries. Although it is subtle, the pink in this house stands out when contrasted to the rest of the house. With the frosting mistletoes, peppermint, and gummy trees, you can feel the joy radiating from this house.

holiday joy gingerbread house.

22. Hershey Kiss Roof Decorations 

For the chocolate lover in all of us, this house delivers. But ignoring the Hershey kisses and bars that form the roof for just a moment, we have a nice rainbow of jawbreakers that form a beautiful lawn pattern in combination with some candied hearts and some wonderfully patterned snowflakes. Mixed in with traditional designs like gumdrops and frosting trees, there is also beautifully symmetrical gilding of an almost professional caliber, which bathes the house with a lovely floral pattern reminiscent of Santa’s own home.

hershey kiss roof decorations.

23. Festive Light Green Gingerbread House

For those that like the color green, this house provides you some wonderful choices, from your traditional peppermints to your less common Sixlets. On the roof we have jawbreakers that form the top, then your standard gummies and even some sour belts to create a more cohesive tile effect. The frosting and the belts help to simulate a subtle ‘house lights’ effect that one might see on Christmas night.

festive light green gingerbread house.

24. Traditional Gingerbread House With Simple Decor 

Another traditional gingerbread house with some simplistic gilding designs. With more simplistic frosting designs and a broad array of candy, this house is every kid’s dream to eat. The roof is made with a combination of gummies and harder candies, with the roof being mostly made from frosting with some candies thrown into the mix. More gummies provide a colorful walkway with a decorative wreath of more floral candies. A simple house for those without a decent amount of frosting on hand that kids will still love.

traditional gingerbread house with simple decor.

25. Gingerbread Store with Candy Tape Roof and Lights

A store where you might even run into Santa himself. The roof is made from sour red belts, which give a beautiful look of red shingles, with a line of sixlets giving a playful vibe of powered Christmas lights. The spider is optional. Pirouette wafers provide the supporting beams while the door is made from butter cookies. The gummy snake, however, is not optional.

gingerbread store with candy tape roof and lights.

26. Classic Gingerbread Design with Frosting and Gingerbread Man

The classic gingerbread house complete with your very own gingerbread man. The M&M’s provide a chocolaty and very vibrant roof design, while the rest of the house has your more traditional trimmings. We have a wonderfully decorative frosting trim that looks precisely like melting snow, with multi-colored hard candies providing a rainbow look to your lawn and roof decorations. We even have more M&M’s as the wreath, making this house simple yet very delicious. No wonder the gingerbread man is so happy.

27. Mini Graham Cracker House Design with Green and Red Candy

Sometimes you don’t even have gingerbread on hand, or perhaps someone is allergic. No to worry, as this house shows you that a little ingenuity can make even a simple house look great. First, we have a candy cane archway to serve as the door, with red peppermints, green Resess, and Hershey kisses to form a cute little tree. We have graham crackers and a little bit of frosting to keep it all together and to finish it off, decorate it with smatterings of red and green candy.

28. Simple and Elegant Gingerbread House Design with M&Ms

This elegant gingerbread house brings a sense of warmth with its candy cane heart designs. With candy cane frames and peppermint decorations, the Christmas feel is very apparent. The plethora of M&M colors serves as a beautiful roof design with its multi-tiered look, supporting the candy cane roof. With a door made of chocolate, this house makes for one tasty treat.

29. Gingerbread Cottage with Wheat Cereal Roof and Pretzel Antlers

A picturesque image of a forest cottage and excellent use of extra cereal you have lying around. Chex makes up much of the roof with little sugar crystals thrown in for more of a snow effect, though any square-shaped cereal will work just as well. The pretzel antlers give this house a hunter’s lodge vibe with many of the logs constructed from cinnamon sticks, which provide an aroma that is very Christmas-like. Again, frosting is used to emulate the look of melted snow with gingerbread making up the smoky chimney.

30. Pretzel Cottage with Snow Frosting and Candy Lights

When you have an abundance of pretzels lying around, or you want to create a house with a more rustic feel, there is the log cabin. The design is quite similar to the regular gingerbread, except instead of gingerbread, you will be using pretzel sticks to emulate the logs. The sprinkles add a nice dash of color along with simulating the glow of Christmas lights where the frosting is spread very subtly around the sides and front of the house for snow. Finish off with a few decorative flourishes like the wreath and a few gumdrops on the roof.

31. Gummy Wreath With Multiple Color Candy Roof

For fans of hard candies, this house has it all-jawbreakers, peppermints, sour suckers, and skittles. Following a strict color scheme of only green and red, this house blends the more traditional design and simply builds on it, adding more layers of candy between each layer of frosting, giving it a very symmetrical look that is both Christmas like and delicious as well. The centerpiece of this house is the gummy wreath, that matches very well with the rest of the green and red color scheme. And if this house isn’t proving enough, the smiling Santa in the doorway seems to like it.

32. Simple Pink and Clean Frosting Pattern Design

Not everything needs eight different kinds of candy, three colors of frosting and chocolate bars-sometimes just the simplest things are the best. This is a more traditional gingerbread house with frosting trim all around, a candy cane heart at its center and candy cane ledges. The roof and accents are frostings, painted with little hearts to show someone your love and care, which for any gingerbread house, be they eight ingredients or three ingredients, is an essential ingredient of all.

33. Peppermint Roof and Camel Chimney with white Frosting Smoke

A little gingerbread house is allowing you to escape into the joys of Christmas time. Full of individual charm, the caramels provide a nice chimney stack, full of frosting smoke. The peppermint roof allows you to show off your Christmas spirit, with its brilliant greens and reds, contrasting well with your frosting wreath and trees. The multi-colored walkway enables you to show off your tootsie roll log pile and adorable little tootsie roll mailbox.

34. Gingerbread House with Very little Frosting Design

The frosting is great, but sometimes it can be much, both for taste and health reasons. This house trims down on its frosting use, using it very sparingly for some light accents along the front of the house and the shingles for the roof. The rest of the house is adorned with a tasty variety of candies, from the apple ring as the wreath, candy cane arches, to blue lollipops with smaller candies to form a makeshift flower. Then we have green jelly beans, arranged playfully for the roof, shadowing some peppermint shingles before we arrive at the broken kit-kits for some innovative windows.

35. Gingerbread House with Red Candy Accents

This gingerbread design is probably the more traditional-being just gingerbread and red-colored candies. With minimal use of frosting, more emphasis is placed on the sweets providing more of visual flair to the rest of the house. The sour tape is arranged creatively to form the bushes, with a good smattering of red Sixlets providing a brighter roof design. Candy canes form the framing with larger ones acting as door arches. The entire house is finished with a peppermint wreath and gumdrops.

36. Classic House with Great Window Decor

Another traditional gingerbread style, with a wide, vibrant array of gumdrops, gummies, and Sixlets filling every color of the rainbow. The windows of this house is a bit more intricate than the others, with more layering and details implemented so you can see the colors behind it-a mixture of red, yellow, orange and green. With such detail paid to the windows, it almost feels like a real home. We see the same generous smattering of frosting to form the roof with large gumdrops as shingles. 

37. Light and Dark Gingerbread Accents with Wheat Roof

A larger design, and for those that prefer chocolate candies over the more fruity gummies. Different round chocolate candies, like milk duds and Whoppers, form the lawn and walkway decorations, while the majority of the house is made of gingerbread with a generous smattering of frosting. With wheat shortbread cookies creating the intricate straw-like roof, to the chocolate wreath and shingles, it’s easy to see why the gingerbread snowman is so happy.

38. Bright Blue Gingerbread House Decorations

A color explosion was showing that a traditional gingerbread house doesn’t have to be, well, classic. From the numerous blue decorations ranging from fish, flowers, small coins and even to rainbow-colored lollipops, it’s important to remember that a gingerbread house is what you want it to look like. This house uses plenty of unconventional designs like orange fishes on the door along with purple and pink roses for the roof design, but it’s still bright and colorful nonetheless.

39. The Small Multi Color Gingerbread House

This small, gingerbread house that has quite a lot of character. Clever use of the gummies for the door walkway as well as arches above the door. The windows are gummies as well with frosting trim. Multi-colored candies line the roof, creating a rainbow pattern that is visually very pretty, pairing well with the icing layer of ‘fake’ snow that the frosting creates. More gummies adorn the roof, creating the shingles with giant gummies adding more focus on the diamond-shaped centerpiece of the house, making this one both aesthetically symmetrical and tasty as well.

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