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Gingerbread House Ideas

Updated on November 5, 2013

Gingerbread House Ideas and Pictures

On this page you'll find many gingerbread house ideas, with many pictures and some instructional videos showing numerous examples to copy. Many people love making these delightful crafts at Christmas as part of their festive preparations. Young children will be filled with wonder as you place miniature candles inside and then dim the lights.

In this article you will also find some ideas for a Christmas gingerbread nativity and some delightful themed greeting cards.

This Christmas, why not start a new tradition that the kids will love. They are fun to make, great to look at, and even better to eat!

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© Copyright Carrie Stephens and licensed for reuse under the CC BY 2.0 License.

How many gingerbread houses have you decorated?

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Pictures to Inspire You

Here are some fabulous ideas for your next gingerbread house decorating project. Click on any you are interested in to see them bigger.











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Techniques for Decorating - with Charlene Dy

On this video Charlene shows three different techniques to use to decorate your gingerbread house (gluing, paving, painting) and also decorates one in fast motion to give you some ideas.

More Decorating Ideas

When looking for ways to decorate your gingerbread house, take a walk down the aisles at the grocery store. Look out for colorful candies to use as roofing tiles, stepping stones, flower beds, window shutters, and more. You can use marshmallows to make snowmen, pretzels to make fences or window frames, desiccated coconut for snow, wafer icecream cones to make Christmas trees (with piped green foliage) or a steeple / chimney on the building, cereal or cookies for the rooftop.

Click on these pictures to see some of the creative decorating ideas used here.











Printable Cards

Have you made a wonderful gingerbread house to give away this Christmas? These cards would also make the perfect accompaniment. And if you have decided that you can't bear to part with the one you've just decorated, how about making one of these cards to give instead? Click on each picture to see more information or to buy the printable card.

sweet and colorful

shaped card

snow globe

tag card

two storeys / stories

pop up card with a mouse

Made With Graham Crackers

If you don't want the bother of making the gingerbread walls and roof of the house, you could always make it using graham crackers and royal icing. This is simple enough for older children to make or to be made in bulk for younger children to decorate. But you can also get very artistic and make an elaborate graham cracker gingerbread house.






instruction video

In this video Charlene Dy shows how to make a simple gingerbread house with graham crackers. But she also shows some more sophisticated houses for you to try.

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Do you prefer make your gingerbread houses from scratch or from a kit?

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More Pictures - ... for the more adventurous!











Nativity Gingerbread Scene

Gingerbread nativity scene
Gingerbread nativity scene

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Make a nativity stable from gingerbread cookie sheets or graham crackers. Also includes candy characters - baby Jesus in a manger, sheep, donkey, Mary, Joseph, and shepherd.

Another nativity craft.

Make a stable, manger, and baby Jesus - Template included

Do you have any more suggestions?

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    • MeAndMyPitLoki profile image


      6 years ago

      Gingerbread houses are definitely one of my favorite decorations. I do wish you had a recipe for the house, but overall this is great :]

    • TheBLU26 profile image


      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I like your layout and presentation not to mention the beautiful gingerbread houses!

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      7 years ago

      Great to find another Aussie on Squidoo and this is a great lens, with some really great ideas for making gingerbread houses, I will give one a go for Christmas for something different to add to the usual Christmas lunch

    • TeacherRenee profile image


      7 years ago

      These are really adorable, thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      I can't think of any, liked your lens indeed, we always make one of these during Christmas time. gave your lens a 'thumbs up'.

    • sagebrushmama profile image


      7 years ago

      I have a gingerbread lens, I love gingerbread houses, and have been doing them with my kids for 18+ years! It's my fave part of the holidays.

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      I think you got everything covered. Thanks for sharing.

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      These are very cute gingerbread houses!Lovely lens!

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      7 years ago

      No ideas for gingerbread houses, but if you do make one of these amazing ones, you should definitely enter it into a competition! Fun lens with great ideas!

    • seashell2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Some really awesome gingerbread houses, I haven't made one of those since my boys were little! Love the nativity scene!

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      7 years ago

      Ideas? ha I have no clue how to make or decorate ginger bread houses..but love looking at them though..its fascinating! Lovely pictures and ideas here.

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      7 years ago

      wow! they look so beautiful, such an artistic ideas :) keep it up

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      Melody Lassalle 

      7 years ago from California

      I've only made them from kits (pre-made walls). But my tip would be to make sure the icing between walls is dry and secure before decorating. Decorating too soon will cause the walls to collapse. Fun lens! I can smell the gingerbread from here :D

    • auntjennie profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful collection of gingerbread houses.

    • LyricalVenus profile image


      7 years ago

      I love looking at gingerbread houses and seeing the creative ways that people use candy!

      One of my favorites was a gingerbread castle with upside down ice cream cones for the tower turrets!

    • annieangel1 profile image


      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I can't think of a single thing more to add -

    • kislanyk profile image


      7 years ago from Cyprus

      Great ideas. I've never decorated with gingerbread, but these are way too cool!


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