Bring Holiday Magic to Your Home with a DIY Gingerbread House

Posted by Jen Hulet on 2nd Nov 2023

Get ready to bring some holiday magic into your home with a DIY gingerbread house! There's no better way to get into the festive spirit than by creating your very own edible holiday masterpiece. Gather your family or friends and let your creativity run wild as you decorate your gingerbread house with colorful candies, icing, and other festive embellishments.

With this step-by-step guide, you'll discover the joy of building and decorating a gingerbread house from scratch. From mixing the perfect gingerbread dough to constructing the walls and roof, we've got you covered. Add your own personal touch with unique designs and thematic accents that will make your gingerbread house truly one-of-a-kind.

Not only is making a gingerbread house a fun and engaging activity, but it also serves as a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday decorations. Display it proudly on your mantel or as a sweet addition to your dessert table. Get ready to impress your guests and create lasting memories with this delightful holiday tradition.

Step-by-step guide to building a gingerbread house

Building a gingerbread house may seem like a daunting task, but with a step-by-step approach, it becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Follow these instructions to create your own gingerbread masterpiece from start to finish.

Step 1: Prepare the Gingerbread Dough

The first step in building a gingerbread house is preparing the dough. Follow a trusted gingerbread recipe that yields a sturdy dough, perfect for constructing the walls and roof of your house. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, including flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients, such as molasses and melted butter. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until a smooth dough forms. Divide the dough into manageable portions, wrap each portion in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour or until firm.

Step 2: Roll Out and Cut the Gingerbread

Once the dough has chilled, it's time to roll it out and cut the gingerbread pieces. Preheat your oven according to the recipe instructions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to the desired thickness, usually around 1/4 inch. Use the templates or cutters to cut out the walls, roof, and other components of your gingerbread house. Transfer the cut pieces onto parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving space between them to allow for spreading during baking.

Step 3: Bake and Cool the Gingerbread Pieces

Place the baking sheets with the gingerbread pieces into the preheated oven and bake according to the recipe instructions. Keep a close eye on them, as baking times may vary depending on the thickness and size of the pieces. The gingerbread is done when it turns a light golden brown. Once baked, remove the sheets from the oven and let the gingerbread pieces cool completely on wire racks. It's important to let them cool fully before assembly to ensure they are sturdy and won't collapse.

Step 4: Prepare the Royal Icing

While the gingerbread pieces are cooling, prepare the royal icing. In a clean mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, egg whites, and lemon juice. Beat the mixture on low speed until well combined, then increase the speed to high and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Transfer the icing to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.

Step 5: Assemble the Gingerbread House

Now that all the components are ready, it's time to assemble the gingerbread house. Start by piping a line of royal icing along the bottom edges of the front and back walls. Press them together firmly and hold them in place for a few minutes until the icing sets. Repeat the process with the side walls, attaching them to the front and back walls to form a sturdy base. Allow the base to dry and set for at least 30 minutes before attaching the roof. Pipe royal icing along the top edges of the walls and carefully place the roof pieces on top. Hold them in place until the icing sets and the roof feels secure. Let the entire structure dry and set for a few hours or overnight before decorating.

Step 6: Decorate Your Gingerbread House

The decorating process is where your creativity truly shines. Use your piping bag filled with royal icing to add decorative details, such as window frames, doors, and intricate designs on the walls and roof. Attach candies, sprinkles, and other edible decorations using small dots of royal icing as "glue." Let your imagination run wild and create a gingerbread house that reflects your personal style and holiday spirit.

Create Lasting Memories 

Making a gingerbread house is an excellent way to spend quality time with your family and friends. In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, by engaging in a shared activity like building a gingerbread house, you can slow down, connect with your loved ones, and create lasting memories. It's an opportunity to bond, laugh, and enjoy each other's company in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.

Consider adding to your holiday memories with matching "gingerbread baking apparel."  Baby Riddle has a large selection of fun and comfortable gingerbread making apparel. From dresses to pajamas and aprons to polo shirts, take a look at the many options available for the entire family.

Gingerbread baking apparel

There is a gingerbread baking outfit for everyone in your family... even the dog!




So, grab your apron, a camera, and your loved ones, and let the holiday spirit come alive with your very own homemade gingerbread house.