A a few years ago we had a gingerbread house decorating contest with our whole family. It was a really fun and memorable Christmas activity. The evening was all concocted, organized and planned by my daughter Courtney and her now fiance! They brought in the soft materials for the houses, frosting and candy, and even printed DIY certificates for achievements such as “most creative” and “best effort”. We weren’t looking to make perfect homes, it was about having fun together! After our gingerbread houses were built, we all admired (and laughed!) The completed projects, voted and everyone got a prize! It was a hit for all ages and it’s such a fun memory!
We bought several gingerbread house kits from a grocery store (on sale), but you can also make them yourself (see related recipes throughout this article) or there are plenty of gingerbread making kits available. prefabricated gingerbread house online!
Here are a few, which you can still arrive in time for your festivities:
Build it yourself Mini Gingerbread Village (Amazon)
Holiday Mini Gingerbread Village Kit
Gingerbread dog house with a gingerbread corgi – how cute!
Holiday Reindeer Gingerbread Kits
DIY Gingerbread House Kit at Williams-Sonoma
Gingerbread igloo kit
You can also use a gingerbread pan like this on Amazon – I want to try this!
Here are some cute gingerbread houses below to inspire you! I assure you that none of us were as beautiful as these. Ha! But we had a lot of fun doing them anyway! Although after seeing these inspirational photos, I felt like it would be fun to learn some techniques to improve my skills. Most of the images below have recipes and tips in the articles linked under each photo. Enjoy!
Gingerbread House Making Kits and more (scroll down and click below):
Gluten-free gingerbread cookies and our winter cuisine
Festive drink toppers and winter mugs for hot chocolate and holiday drinks (gift ideas)
Christmas magic and gingerbread houses