Gingerbread House 2013

Posted on December 7, 2013
Hi Everybody! I hope you’re all having a good weekend so far! I can’t believe that Christmas is less than three weeks away now! The house is all decorated, the tree is up and there’s lots more cookie baking, shopping and gift wrapping to be done over the next couple of weeks! And with the weather forecast calling for snow, I’m hoping to wake up to a Christmassy winter wonderland tomorrow morning! I wanted to stop by and show you my gingerbread house today! Last year was the first time I ever made one, and it was a little bit of a disaster with too much frosting and candy, and a slightly unstable house structure! So this year I decided to go for a more simple look, and make a little gingerbread cottage covered in snow and surrounded by some greenery. Here’s how I made it…
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I first came up with what I wanted my gingerbread house to look like. Once I did that, I made my templates (you can also find some online if you don’t want to make your own) out of some card stock. I needed a total of eleven pieces for my gingerbread house (a front and back wall, two side walls, two pieces for the roof and five pieces for the attic window. I rolled out my gingerbread dough and laid all the templates on and cut the different pieces I needed. I then baked them and let them cool completely before decorating. You are going to want to make your icing pretty thick so that it’s sticky and holds the structure together well. I started out with decorating all the different pieces with my icing (if you’re not planning on eating the gingerbread house, you can use a white pencil to draw on the different pieces to make the decorating easier) and letting them dry completely. Then, once they had dried, I put the whole house together (either use the icing to do this, or use hot glue if you’re not going to be eating the house!) At the end, I added more icing on top of the roof and let some drip off the edge of the roof to make it look like the roof was covered in snow!) Once the house was completely dry, I transferred it to a white plate and added some greenery, and now it sits in my kitchen, making it smell deliciously Christmassy!
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For another fun gingerbread Christmas idea, check out my Gingerbread Cookie Tree HERE!
Happy Baking, Everyone!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Andi Gleeson December 8, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I’m a tad bit jealous that you have your house all decorated! You even managed to decorate this edible house! We only have the tree up, but I’m going to try to get our outside decorations up tomorrow. Happy holidays, and thanks for coming to Saturday Night Fever this week 🙂

    • Reply Maria December 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Happy Holidays to you too, Andi!

  • Reply Dee @ A Lapin Life December 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Sweet! I love your gingerbread house and Christmas tree.

    • Reply Maria December 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Dee! They were so fun to make and decorate! 🙂

  • Reply Jannet December 10, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Hi Maria. Your gingerbread house is so adorable. I love how you made the ‘snow’ drip off the roof, so cute.
    Jannet

    • Reply Maria December 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Jannet! 🙂

  • Reply marty (A Stroll Thru Life) December 10, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Oh I love this, how gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Reply Maria December 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Marty, thank you so much! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Reply Tammy N December 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I love how your gingerbread house turned out. Its so pretty with out lots of candy and frosting. Its just right.

    • Reply Maria December 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Tammy! It was so fun to build and decorate 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

  • Reply Shari Lynne @ www.faithfilledfoodformoms.com December 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Ok Maria..I just can’t stand it!! I’ve been looking at all of your BEAUTIFUL baking and I think you should be getting like baking awards..I mean these are BEAUTIFUL! 🙂 Have a blessed weekend!

    • Reply Maria December 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      That’s too sweet of you, Shari!!! I so appreciate your sweet comment 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, have a great rest of your weekend! 🙂

  • Reply Sue December 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I love this look of simplicity; it’s beautiful and charming!

    • Reply Maria December 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Sue! It was fun to build and decorate (and to my surprise, it’s actually still standing! Ha!) Have a good rest of your weekend! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Coller December 16, 2013 at 8:09 am

    This is cute…I like the “windblown snow” look—how it’s all thicker on one side of the windows, etc. Very cute and creative. Thanks for linking up at MBC!

  • Reply Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above December 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

    We love your Ginger Bread House also. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

  • Reply The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ December 20, 2013 at 5:07 am

    So precious! : ) hugs…

  • Reply Chandra Sirois December 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Beautiful! I love the sweet little cottage

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