How To Make A Gingerbread House: Complete Instructions And Photos

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About 20 years ago I had the pleasure of attending a Christmas Party at the home of a friend and saw the most beautiful gingerbread house she had made for the occasion. As soon as I entered the house, I could smell the wonderful aroma of gingerbread. My Mother made gingerbread when I was a child, and it was always a favorite of mine. My friend, Patty, had decorated her home beautifully for the holiday season. She had a large decorated Christmas tree in front of the living room window, complete with many lights.

My Friend Had Made A Beautiful Gingerbread House

In the middle of her dining room table there was a beautiful gingerbread house. Patty had adorned the house with candies. There was a chimney made of marshmallows, and there were trees made from ice cream cones full of colored sprinkles. She had made a curving path with candy M & M’s that looked like flagstones. There was a fence made from licorice sticks. The house sat on a base that was covered in coconut to look like fresh fallen snow.

We Made A Date To Have A Class On Making A Gingerbread House

There were about 20 of us young Mothers and wives in attendance that night for this party. We all just looked at this gingerbread house in awe. We complimented our hostess, Patty, on the house, and we all said we’d sure like to learn how to make a house like this one. She was so pleased that we liked her creation that she said she would teach us how to make a gingerbread house like hers! A date was made a week from that evening for us all to get together at Patty's house for a gingerbread house building party. We were thrilled that we would be able to construct our own house in time for Christmas!

A Plastic Lid Is Used For the Base

This will be the base for the Gingerbread House.
This will be the base for the Gingerbread House. | Source
The base is covered in Aluminum Foil for the Gingerbread House.
The base is covered in Aluminum Foil for the Gingerbread House. | Source

We Are Given A List Of Supplies We Will Need



Before the evening was over, Patty had made a list of supplies to bring with us the night of our class:

The constructed cardboard house (made ahead of time)

The Gingerbread pieces (made ahead of time)

Elmer’s glue

Aluminum Foil

A base of either a plastic lid or 1 inch Styrofoam. If you place the house on such a base, it can be moved from place to place without fear.

Our choice of candies and/or cookies we wanted to use on our house

Follow My Instructions For A Sturdy And Beautiful Gingerbread House

A lot of people have been discouraged when trying to make a Gingerbread House because they follow the instructions they are given. They try to assemble the house by "gluing" the pieces together with frosting. The walls will just fall down!

FIRST OF ALL YOU MUST build a sturdy cardboard house and attach the pieces of gingerbread directly to that house using Royal Frosting as "glue". I guarantee your house will be very strong. You can move it from place to place without fear of your work of art being destroyed. After you put this much time and effort into making a Gingerbread House, you want it to be seen and enjoyed all during the holidays.

I have read that some people spray their completed Gingerbread house with a clear sealant so it can be preserved for a longer period of time. I have never tried to do that, because my family is always too eager to EAT the Gingerbread House!

Construct The Gingerbread House Using Cardboard Or Foamcore

The first thing to do is to make the house. You can use a large piece of cardboard, or sturdy foamcore board. This board can be purchased at any Crafts store. If you want to build one as large as mine, follow my measurements and cut out the pieces using a sharp Exacto Knife. If you want to start out making a smaller house, any small mailing box will work. Refer to my photo for a small Gingerbread House.

Measurements of the Gingerbread house

This is the end view of the cardboard Gingerbread House.
This is the end view of the cardboard Gingerbread House. | Source
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The cardboard Gingerbread House is wrapped in Aluminum Foil
The cardboard Gingerbread House is wrapped in Aluminum Foil | Source
A small cardboard mailing box can be used for a Gingerbread House.
A small cardboard mailing box can be used for a Gingerbread House. | Source
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Making The Patterns For The Gingerbread House

Using the house that you have covered with foil as your guide, place aluminum foil on each section of the house. Press the foil onto the house to make a mark so you will know where to cut the foil. These will be your pattern pieces to place on the rolled out gingerbread.

Be sure and label (I use a black Sharpie Pen) all of the pieces so you will know which piece of gingerbread goes where on the house. I also note on the pattern piece how many pieces I need. Keep in mind after the gingerbread is baked, you will glue the pieces on the house, using the Royal Frosting as the glue.


The Patterns For The Gingerbread House Are Cut out

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Pattern For The End and Gable Of The Gingerbread House

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Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 1 hour 12 min
Yields: Double recipe to cover one Gingerbread House

Get All The Ingredients Ready To Make The Gingerbread House

Get all the ingredients ready to make the gingerbread house.
Get all the ingredients ready to make the gingerbread house. | Source

Double This Recipe For A Large Gingerbread House

One recipe of this Gingerbread will NOT be enough to make enough pieces to completely cover your house. If you are making a smaller version, one recipe will be enough.

You will need to double the recipe for the house I made. I would suggest making two batches of dough rather than trying to double the ingredients all at once. I always have some dough left over which I roll out and make Gingerbread Men. I have supplied a link below to make those cute little men.

Ingredients for Gingerbread

  • 5 cups Flour, white plain
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Shortening (Crisco)
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar, Granulated
  • 1 Egg Whole Egg
  • 1 Cup Dark Molasses (Grandma's)

Instructions For Making The Gingerbread

  1. Mix Flour, Soda, Cinnamon, Ginger, Ground Gloves and Salt in a large bowl. In another large bowl: Mix Shortening and Sugar until light and fluffy using the electric mixer. Add the Egg and Molasses. Beat well. Then add the Flour mixture a cup at a time until it is all blended well. Take off your rings and wash your hands cause you have to use your hands to mix! If the dough feels too moist to roll, add more flour.
  2. Divide the dough into four balls. I use Wax Paper to keep the dough from sticking. Place a ball of dough onto a sheet of Paper, and another sheet on the top. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Lay a pattern on top of the rolled dough and carefully cut out with a sharp knife.
  3. Line your cookie sheets with Parchment Paper. Flip the cut out piece of gingerbread so that the foil is down. It will bake on the foil. PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 375 DEGREES. Bake the pieces for 8 minutes. DON'T OVERCOOK!
The dry ingredients are mixed together in a large bowl.
The dry ingredients are mixed together in a large bowl. | Source
The Crisco and Sugar are creamed together till fluffy in another large bowl.
The Crisco and Sugar are creamed together till fluffy in another large bowl. | Source
The Molasses and Egg are added to the Crisco and Sugar Mix.
The Molasses and Egg are added to the Crisco and Sugar Mix. | Source
Beat the wet ingredients well.
Beat the wet ingredients well. | Source
The Flour is gradually added to the wet ingredients.  If the dough is too wet to roll out, add more flour.
The Flour is gradually added to the wet ingredients. If the dough is too wet to roll out, add more flour. | Source
Make several large balls.
Make several large balls. | Source
Place one ball between waxed paper and roll out 1/4 inch thick.
Place one ball between waxed paper and roll out 1/4 inch thick. | Source

If you roll the Gingerbread out between two pieces of waxed paper, the dough will not stick, making it easy to remove the Gingerbread Men without tearing them. I use this same method for rolling out all cookes, too.

The Pattern is placed on the rolled out dough and cut with a  knife
The Pattern is placed on the rolled out dough and cut with a knife | Source
Cut out pieces of gingerbread are now ready to bake.
Cut out pieces of gingerbread are now ready to bake. | Source

Using Royal Frosting To "Glue" The Pieces Of Gingerbread To The House

Using a knife, "ice" and attach the baked gingerbread piece, using Royal Frosting.
Using a knife, "ice" and attach the baked gingerbread piece, using Royal Frosting. | Source
The pieces of gingerbread are now attached to the house.
The pieces of gingerbread are now attached to the house. | Source

Get The Ingredients Ready To Make The Decorations For The Gingerbread House

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To Make The Frosting For The Gingerbread House

You will need Royal Frosting to “glue” the decorations onto the Gingerbread. I used to make my Royal Frosting with egg whites, but then I discovered Powdered Meringue. Now I use that to make Royal Frosting:

Beat 4 egg whites till foamy. Gradually add Confection’s Sugar until the mixture if moderately stiff. Add 1 teaspoon Clear Vanilla Extract.

If you use the Powdered Meringue, follow the instructions on the can.

After the pieces of Gingerbread are secured to the house, you are ready to decorate the house. You will have “seams” where the pieces have been joined. You can use tiny marshmallows dipped into the frosting to cover the seams, or Hershey’s Kisses work great, too.

The Completed Gingerbread House

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The Gingerbread House is now completed.
The Gingerbread House is now completed. | Source
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Make A Gingerbread House You Will Be Proud of

It has become a tradition in our home to make a Gingerbread House each Christmas. I use the same cardboard house each year (don't let anyone throw that out!)

My children and grandchildren always look forward to making and decorating a Gingerbread House. Every year it comes out looking quite different from the previous year.

I have a daugher whose birthday is December 12, and we complete our house in time for her birthday where it serves as her birthday cake!

Start Your Own Family Tradition By Making A Gingerbread House

I am so glad I had a good friend who taught me how to make a Gingerbread House many years ago. I have hosted many Gingerbread House parties where I share my knowledge and experience in making these houses with friends. I do hope I have inspired you to start a family tradition by learning how to make one too!

Have I inspired you to make a Gingerbread House?

  • Yes
  • No
  • No, I'll just use a ready-made kit if my family wants one!
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A great video on making a Gingerbread House

© 2012 Mary Hyatt

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Gary Holdaway profile image

Gary Holdaway 3 years ago from Sleaford, UK

Very nice! I love this idea.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What a fun hub! What a beautiful gingerbread house! What a great set of explicit, step-by-step instructions! Quite a Christmas gift. Thank you, mary.


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Mary - This is such a wonderful Hub as it truly inspires the Holiday tidings. My Grandmother used to show such great patience when I was a child. One of my favorite seasonal activities was smelling the aroma's from her kitchen and seeing all the bowls of frosting, candies and decorations.

Thank you and I am voting up and sharing


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wow, Mary! That might be the greatest and most detailed recipe/craft hub I have ever seen. This is a work of art my friend. I'm being dead serious; if you don't win Hub of the Day with this one then there is something very wrong with HubPages!


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Mary, this was amazing and have pinned this one. I hope to have some time to do this, but god forbid I don't I will have it saved in my Pinterest for when I do. Thanks so very much and have also voted way up and shared all over!!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Oh my goodness mary you are a genius! I am so in awe! this is amazing, brilliant and oh so clever! I wish I had the talent, time and patience to make one, it is so lovely! I saw you mentioned you were making it so I came over to take a look and Wow! fantastic, voted up across the board, and shared! now can you make me one? lol!


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HoneyBB 3 years ago from Illinois

Excellent thorough instructions on how to make this. You have inspired me to make a whole town. Love it! Thanks. Voted ++++


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Wow!!You have made a fantastic gingerbread house. Great photos and instructions too.Voted up awesome and useful.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Gary, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Gingerbread House. I'm so happy you like it! Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi drbj. So nice to see you! Thank you for your nice compliment on my Gingerbread House.

If I don't "see" you again before Christmas, I hope you have a joyous Christmas! Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi shiningirisheyes. I'm happy I was able to bring back some nice holiday memories of your Grandmother.

My children tell me they will never forget smelling the gingerbread in my kitchen during Christmastime.

Thanks for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

My goodness, billybuc.....what a nice thing to say about my Hub on making a gingerbread house. You are TOO kind. Thank you so much for the nice compliment on my Hub.

I hope you and Bev have a wonderful Christmas. Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Janine. Thanks so much for reading my Hub on making a Gingerbread House. I do hope you will try to make one. Your precious girls would love to help decorate it. When my kids were very small, we made one out of graham crackers, that isn't so involved and they can help decorate it.

Thanks for the vote, the share and the Pin. goodnight, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Nell Rose. I'm so happy you like my Hub on making a gingerbread house. I wish we lived closer, you could help me make the next one! They are fun to do, although time consuming.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, voting, and the share. I do appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Honey BB, I'm happy you like my Gingerbread House. I'm glad I may have inspired you to make a whole village. Boy, your house would smell so wonderful.

Thanks so much for the votes. Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Vellur. So nice to see you! Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my Hub about making a gingerbread house.

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes. I do appreciate that, Mary


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. Our gingerbread houses were great family fun.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Mary, honestly, my hat is off to you! This is a lovely house which I honestly cannot bear to eat. Thanks for sharing and I voted yes on the poll!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Arielqiao. It is so nice to "meet" you today all the way from

China! I'm sure your friends would love a Gingerbread House you made for a Birthday. This one will go to my Daughter for her Birthday.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Mhatter99. Sounds like your family made Gingerbread Houses, too. We enjoy looking back through our family albums to see how our houses looked from year to year. They turn out so differently each year.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas. Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, midget38. Thanks for the nice compliment on my Gingerbread House. It was so much fun to do again this year. This one will serve as my daughter's birthday cake again.

Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary


AudraLeigh 3 years ago

I am so impressed how much work you put into making that gingerbread house...so beautiful too! I never realized how much detail and time went into making one! Do you plan out everything you do like that?? Amazing in every way!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, AudraLeigh. Why, thank you for your nice compliment on my Gingerbread House! Yes, I do plan ahead on projects, but this idea for making the house came years ago when my friend showed us how to build one of these. I never plan exactly how I'll decorate the house: that just depends on my mood that day.

I'm so happy you like my Gingerbread House, Mary


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've always wanted to make a gingerbread house. I've looked at kits but wanted to do one from scratch. This morning I woke up and was thinking about it. Just now saw your hub in the feed. Your gingerbread house looks fantastic! Not sure if I'll make one this year but I will save your hub so that when I do make one I'll know how.

Pinning, Sharing, and voting +++


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a wonderful hub, Mary! I appreciate all the work that you did to create this hub and all the details and photos that you included. Your hub will be very useful for anyone who wants to make a gingerbread house - and I'm sure that many people will at this time of year!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a terrific hub Mary...and a great gingerbread house that you have made. So nice of your friend to share her secrets with you and other friends as to the "ins and outs" of making such a creation. It must be so much fun each year when you decide on how to decorate it. Your home must smell heavenly! As Billy said...this SHOULD be a hub of the day! Many up votes and sharing.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

I haven't ever made a gingerbread house, but I can see how using a box as a base would keep it sturdy. Great information here on how to make one. Voted up and shared.


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dwachira 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Mary,

Wow! i must say you have amazed me of how beautiful you can illustrate the process of making Gingerbread House. The steps are understandable and what makes it even more interesting are the great photos that you have included. This is one of the best activity recipe i have ever read here. Voted up, useful and very interesting.


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Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Your gingerbread house is amazing! I love your tips on making it. I am really in the Christmas mood :)

Up and awesome.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Just Ask Susan. Yes, a lot of people try and make a Gingerbread House from a Kit. They get discouraged when the walls fall down! The secret is making the house first. It isn't too late to make one for Christmas.

Thanks so much for voting, sharing and the Pin. I do appreciate that. I would love to know how your GB house turns out when you do make one.

Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi AliciaC. Thanks for reading my Gingerbread House and for the wonderful comment and compliment on my work!

I do hope I've inspired readers to make one. They would be so proud of their creation.

Thanks again for taking the time to make me feel very special. Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,Peggy W. You are SO nice to read and take the time to comment on my Gingerbread Hub. There is just something wonderful about the aroma of gingerbread, I think. It reminds me of my Mother. She would make gingerbread and serve a lemon sauce with it. I can still taste it.

Thanks for the votes and the share, Peggy.

Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Millionaire Tips. Thanks for reading and commenting. Even if you have never made a Gingerbread House before , you really should. Yes, the cardboard box is the secret. I took this one over to my daughter's house today for her party tomorrow. It is was so easy to pick up and move.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share, I appreciate that so much, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

dwachira, you just made my day with your lovely compliment on my Gingerbread House! You really made me feel good with your comment.

I hope my photos will inspire others to make a GB House. They really are not difficult to make (if you have a sturdy cardboard box).

Thanks so much for the votes, too. Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,Emma Harvey. Making a Gingerbread House puts me in a Christmas mood...just to smell the wonderful aroma is heavenly. It brings back wonderful memories of my Mother's gingerbread.

Thanks so much for the votes, and for reading, Mary


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lemonkerdz 3 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

mary615 well done on the gingerbread house. when i didn't see the hub come out friday i thought you must have had a gingerbread earthquake.

Very impressive table piece for special occasions.

i like the very detailed how to construct it.

i applaud you. and voted up


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Lipnancy 3 years ago from Hamburg, New York

I don't remember ever making a ginger bread house. You make it look like so much fun.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary, very interesting and so well explained on how to make a beautiful gingerbread house . and also great photos to show each step of the construction . Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, there, lemnderdz. It just took longer to write this Hub because of all the photos, but no, there was NO earthquake (you are so funny). We used this one as a table centerpiece for my daughter's birthday party. It was a big hit.

Thanks so much for the votes, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Lipnancy. Yes, making a gingerbread house is a lot of fun, especially when the children can get involved in decorating it.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Well, kashmir56, thanks so much for the nice compliment on my Gingerbread House, and my photos. That's what took so long to write this Hub!

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A fantabulous hub! You are indeed a skilled cook blessed with artistic abilities. Your gingerbread house looked so amazing. It is nice to know that you made many gingerbread houses on several occasions. Nice of your friend Patty to share her tips with you. Hats off to you for this beautiful creation! Rated your recipe 5 stars. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Pressed all the buttons except funny(sorry). Voted up, pinned & shared both on HubPages & Facebook


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Ish. So nice to see you! Thank you for your kind compliment on my Gingerbread House. It was used as a centerpiece for the table at my daughter's birthday party yesterday, and there isn't much left of it! Some people took pieces of it home with them in a Ziploc bag. I was glad of that.

I wish you lived closer. You could come to my next class on how to build these!

Thanks so much for your votes, the stars, and the shares. I hope you know how much I appreciate the time you took to do that, Mary


Justsilvie 3 years ago

This is Beautiful! I would love to make this for my grandkids. Voted up and shared


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Justsilvie. Thank you for the compliment on my Gingerbread House. I used this one for my daughter's birthday cake just yesterday and it was demolished! Everyone just loved it. I enjoyed making it, too. Just follow my directions and you won't have any problem making one, too.

Thanks for the votes and for the share. I do appreciate that, Mary


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Wow, Mary, this is a greatly detailed hub on how to make a Gingerbread home. Yours looks so awesome! I like your suggestion to use the frosting for glue, others recommend marshmallow fluff. I have tried fluff and it doesn't hold well. Lovely post.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, teaches12345. Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my Gingerbread House! Yes, Royal Frosting dries hard and make a wonderful glue. I don't think marshmallow fluff would ever get hard, would it?

I made this one for a daughter's Birthday Party: You should have seen it after everyone dived into it. Not too much left....

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Melovy 3 years ago from UK

Wow, this is very impressive.

I once bought a self-assembly gingerbread house from Ikea and managed to burn myself assembling it. Your method, with no melted frosting, sounds much safer!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Melovy. The main reason people give up on making a Gingerbread House is they try and make one from a kit! Build a cardboard house first, and use Royal Icing for "glue". You can't go wrong!

I do hope you will try again using my method.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

You ARE hubpages' Master Baker! This beautiful work of are is one people will be making for years. The secret of the 'cardboard house' is pure genius.

I agree with Bill, this should be a hub of the day....you've left nothing out!

Voted up, useful, and awesome! Well done my friend.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, tillsontitan (if I call you Mary, I feel like I'm talking to myself). Anyway, you just made my day with your compliment. Yes, definitely the cardboard box is the key to making a gingerbread house. I hate to see people get discouraged by using a kit: they never work.

Thanks so much for the votes, Mary


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Congratulations for having such patience and talent to create this fantastic ginger bread house Mary !

Appreciated a lot all the details and photos included in the hub too,,

Amazing hub actually in every way! Voted, shared, pinned and tweeted :)


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, MikeRobbers. Thank you for your wonderful compliment on my Gingerbread House. I'm a kid at heart, I guess cause I just love making these and decorating them....so much fun!

You are so nice to comment, vote, share, Pin and Tweet, Mary


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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Love this. Good instructions but I fear my skills are not up to this


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Oh, ethel smith, how can I convince you that anyone can make a gingerbread house if they follow my instructions. I'm so glad you like my Hub, though.

Thanks for reading and commenting, goodnight, Mary


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mary,

You have taken the mystery out of a beautiful and charming tradition that I had always been nervous to try.

This is a keeper and is superbly constructed, detailed and lovely!

Thank you and Merry Christmas! Voted UP and UABI.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, marcoujor. Please don't be nervous about trying to make a gingerbread house. Anyone can do this IF the house is built first. Thank you so much for the compliment, and the vote. I appreciate that.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, too. Mary


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Coming in to share this again for the season!!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, there, midget38, you are just the greatest!


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Hi there Mary, when I show my wife your gingerbread house I know she will love it. She loves trying things she's never done before and we both love gingerbread. Thank you for making this a simple process. Voted up.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

This is so detailed and well done. The photographs and instructions are step by step which makes this a project to tackle. Some of my fondest memories are of making a gingerbread house with my Momma on New Year's Eve. Then I began making them in class with my students...what fun was that.

Great hub. Voted up


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Kasman. So nice to "meet you" here on HubPages. I hope you will show your wife how to build a gingerbread house. She will have a good time baking this gingerbread. Nothing smell as good as gingerbread baking in the oven!

Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, pstraubie48. I'm glad I brought back pleasant memories of making a gingerbread house with your Mom. My Mother used to bake gingerbread and serve it with lemon sauce; yummy! I bet your students really enjoyed learning how to build a gingerbread house, there is just something special about them.

Thank you for reading and commenting, and for the nice compliment and the vote, Mary


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is fabulous, I never saw such thorough instructions on anything! Up and sharing.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Why, Jackie Lynnley, what a nice compliment on my Hub about making a gingerbread house! I tried to give good instructions hoping readers would try and make one for themselves. It really isn't a hard project to do.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share. I appreciate that, Mary


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Mary this gingerbread house is funtastic! All the hard work and energy you placed into it makes it even more special. I used ready to make kits a couple of times, that was enough for me. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and I hope y'all enjoy eating lots of your sweets! :)


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Sunshine625. Those kits are just awful! People buy them thinking they'll be able to make a gingerbread house, but I've found the only way to make one is to build the house first. I do hope you'll try again, using my foolproof method.

Merry Christmas, Linda. Mary


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faythef 3 years ago from USA

WOW oh WOW ..what a great gingerbread house with step by step instructions...this is indeed an inspiring hub..thank you..voting up


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi faythef. I'm so happy you like my gingerbread house. I use this same pattern to make a candy house throughout the year. Instead of putting gingerbread on the house, we just use candies and cookies. I wrote a Hub about that if you would care to read how we did that.

Thanks for reading and commenting, and for the vote. Mary


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Wow! Mary, this is awesome. I like the way you did it. I have never used cardboard as a pre-house. It is indeed a very strong Gingerbread house. I´ll try this next time I make one. Well done.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Thelma Alberts. I'm so happy you found my Hub on making a Gingerbread House, and thanks for reading, voting and the share. Yes, the cardboard house takes a little time to make, but you can save it and reuse the house.

May I link your GB House to this one?

Thanks again and hope you have a great day, Mary


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a wonderful project! I doubt that I will undertake it myself, but I enjoyed watching the steps you used to create your gingerbread house!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, rebeccamealey. I do wish you would try and make a GB house. It is not hard to do. Some folks just use graham crackers to make a house. Thanks so much for reading and commenting; I'm glad you enjoyed reading about how to make one, Mary


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

Wow this is awesome Mary, your memory of such a moment of your friends making these awesome yummy Ginger Bread houses is so good. I felt as though I was there with you back then, so descriptive. Yikes!

You making me wanna eat one of those houses, hearing of the M&M's and all the other vast assorted goodies, shame on my thought process, and tongue for watering right now :)

I love the fact that you went into such great detail to explain every step, it makes things as clear as day as to the best methods for gluing the house together, and I noticed you place a precaution in this hub for those whom want to do what I wanna do, "Eat" the darn thing :) LOL Yup I want to eat up me a ginger bread house thanks to you Mary.

Powerful hub here, great useful instructions, awesome descriptiveness, amazing images, and I will share this as best I can with the rest of my online peeps. Nice job! Thumbs up super high, and curating too. Happy Holidays!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, CloudExployer Wow! Thank you very much for your wonderful comment; you just made my day!

Gingerbread houses have long been a tradition at our house. Why not make one yourself?? I save the cardboard house for the next years house. It's time I got busy and made one for this Christmas!

Thanks for reading, commenting and for the shares.

My best to you, Mary


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

You make this look easy! I have never tried one--maybe this year will be the year!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, AudreyHowitt. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Gingerbread House. They really are not hard to make. Making the cardboard box house is probably the hardest step!!

Oh, I do hope you will make one; you will be so proud!


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

There are two sides to finding a hub TWO YEARS later, first is the joy of finding it and second is all the wonderful comments.

This is plain and simply a great hub! You've left nothing out Mary and your pictures are superb. Lots and lots of gingerbread houses will be made because of this wonderful hub!

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, tillsontitan. Gee, you just made my day! I had this Hub unpublished for the past six months; just republished it for the Christmas season. We will be making our gingerbread house soon at my house for the holidays. This is a tradition in our house.

Thanks so much for the votes and the shares and Pin!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Good to see this wonderful Hub is still around, Mary. It's beautiful.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there rebeccamealey, Yeah my Gingerbread House will be around for many Christmases, I hope. I plan to make one for this Christmas again. Thank you very much, Mary


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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

I've always wanted to make a gingerbread house. This hub is good incentive to do so. I didn't realize there was anything but cookie or cake or candy in the construction of the house.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Arachnea I'm so happy I have given you incentive to make a Gingerbread House! You can use the same recipe for making Gingerbread Men, too.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Great photos and clear instructions. Now is when people need to be planning their Christmas decorations, menus, and gift list, so there will be less stress and more enjoyment for themselves and everyone in their family. You make it look so easy! I bet it does make the whole house smell wonderful all through the season.

Voting this up, posting it to FB, and pinning it to Awesome HubPages, and to my personal "Christmas II" board! Also sharing with followers!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Au fait, Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my Hub. Yes, now is the time to start planning for Christmas! I plan to make one this year again. As I said in the Hub, I use the same house over and over. It is easy to make a GB house this way, once you have the house built.

Thanks so much for the votes, the Pin and the shares, my best, Mary


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a fantastic recipe for making a ginger-bread house. I love ginger-anything. The last time I tried to make one of these I ate the roof! :)

Thanks Mary for sharing this. I will do the same.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, vocalcoach. My family loves gingerbread, too. I use this same recipe for making gingerbread men and everyone loves those, too.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and the shares, Mary


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

mary...That is one awesome looking Ginger Bread house! What a fun project to get into with one's grandchildren. The smell of ginger bread is heavenly!...UP+++


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, fpherj48. Thanks so much for the nice compliment. I saved the house of course, and will make another gingerbread house this year. I have a three year old granddaughter who will love to help decorate it!

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes. Happy Thanksgiving!!


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

What a great family project and holiday tradition. Sharing, Voting up, Pinned.


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Jill Freeman 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

Wow! What a great hub! My kids have wanted to make a gingerbread house for a long time. Now I think I could tackle it! Building the cardboard base makes total sense too. Maybe I will give it a go! Fun hub!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Patsybell, I'm so happy you like the idea of building a Gingerbread House. Yes, the whole family can help bake and decorate the house.

Thanks so much for the share, the votes and the Pin! I appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there Jill, Thanks so much for reading about how I make a Gingerbread House, and I'm so happy you might make one yourself. I've seen so many people try and make these from a kit, and they just fall apart. If you make a study base, it can be moved from place to place!

Good luck with building one of your own, Mary


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

It looks like a lot of hard work involved but brilliant idea


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple. Making the house is the time consuming part of creating a Gingerbread House, but once made, it can be saved!

I'm glad you like the idea of making a GB House, though.

Thanks for checking out my method of making a GB bread house! Mary


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easylearningweb 19 months ago

What a wonderful step-by-step project for the holidays! I'm going to share this on my arts and crafts board on Pinterest. :-)


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, easylearningweb Thank you very much. I'm happy you think my way of making a Gingerbread House a wonderful one. My family has had many happy years making these. Thanks so much for the share and the Pin. Mary


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easylearningweb 19 months ago

You are very welcome, Mary. I always loved gingerbread houses but since my kids are older now we don't usually make them anymore. I do enjoy going to holiday events and there is one near me that has a gingerbread contest every year that is fun to go to. :-)

Regards,

Amelia (easylearningweb)


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, easylearningweb There is nothing like smelling gingerbread cooking! I make GB all year long just because my family loves it! Nice to see you here today, Mary


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easylearningweb 19 months ago

You're right, the aroma is wonderful. I guess I always thought of it around Christmas time, but it would be good to make all year long. ;-)


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, easylearningweb Real Estate agents used to advise sellers to bake chocolate chip cookies so their house smelled enticing, now they tell them to make some gingerbread!!


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easylearningweb 19 months ago

I heard the same thing about apple pie, so the scent will be inviting to visitors. Makes total "scents". LOL!

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