Whether you're more of a Traditional Gingerbread House kind of person or looking for unique Gingerbread House ideas to spruce things up this year, we have some tips and Pinterest-worthy ideas for this coming holiday season.
Decorating gingerbread houses has been a tradition that has been around for centuries. Perhaps it's been a tradition in your family, or perhaps you want to start a new tradition. Well, the great news is you don't have to be a professional baker to make some beautiful gingerbread house decorations.
We've come up with some fun gingerbread house ideas for your next gingerbread creation!
Classic Gingerbread House:
The classic style is timeless, and something about it just puts you in the holiday spirit instantly. With a white, red, green, and gold color palette, this style is perfect if you're looking for that traditional, elegant look. For this style, peppermint candies are a must. Add round peppermint candies to the front of the house on either side of the door to make round windows.
Use white icing on the sides of the gingerbread house and roof to give it that beautiful snowy feel we all crave during the winter holidays. Add Red Hots candies to the roof, to create a gorgeous red tile roof pattern. We also add green and red gum drops to the top of the roof for a nice, cozy touch.
With green icing, create a wreath in the middle of the front side or back side of your gingerbread house, and add red m&m's or Red Hots to the wreath. Add some finishing touches with white icing, like windows to both sides of the gingerbread house, and details on the front door.
You can also add some more white icing around the bottom of the house and add either gum drops or peppermint candies to tie it all together (and to make it even more delicious!)
Winter Wonderland Gingerbread House:
If you're looking for something traditional, yet unique and a little bit outside the box, this is the style for you! With a lot of white icing and colorful candies, your gingerbread house will feel like a house taken out of The Nutcracker. This is also perfect if you have a sweet tooth.
Start by lining the sides of the house with white icing. Decorate the roof with colorful gum drops. Make sure to put enough icing that it gives that Winter Wonderland illusion, of fresh snow. Decorate the sides with colorful gummies as well. You can use icing to create windows at the front, back, and sides of the house, and add colorful sprinkles.
Optional: create a snowman out of marshmallows. You can use black gel icing or a cookie pen to draw the details on the snowman's face. You can make the nose using an orange sprinkle or out of fondant. Use a red sour belt to make the scarf, and pretzel rods for the arms.
Festive Gingerbread House:
The festive style is a mix of the traditional style and the winter wonderland style. Begin, as usual, lining the sides and roof with frosting. Line the roof with colorful gum drops. In this case, we suggest using primary, bright colors to resemble of festive Christmas lights. You can use M&M's to line the roof, and gum drops at the top. Line the sides of the house with gum drops, and use round peppermint candies to create round windows at the front of the house, above the door, and to the sides of the wreath. Create the wreath using green frosting, and a red M&M at the top. The key in this style is to use vibrant colors! Vibrant colors will make the house look cheerful and perfect for the holidays. This style is fun to make with your kids.
Optional: You can also use chocolate Kisses to create a path toward the house, with a touch of icing on top, to give it a melted snow look. You can also use candies with vibrant colors to line the path.
Pastel Gingerbread House:
The pastel house is perhaps the most unique and different style on this list. This one has a different color scheme than the traditional houses. Instead of using primary colors, or the traditional red, white and green, we will be using pastel tones for this one. Think Candy Land or Hansel and Gretel.
This one will be filled with sweet treats and white Royal Icing. You can use white chocolate bars as window frames, and pastel-colored candies. You can also use a strawberry or orange wafer as the door. You can use pastel sprinkles, and marshmallows too.
Peppermint Delight Style:
Peppermint is the traditional candy of the season. This peppermint-candy-coated house follows a red and white color pattern. For this house, you will need round peppermint candies, candy canes, and red and white M&M's. You can also use red licorice to line the sides of the house.
Start by using white sugar icing to line the sides of the house. Add candy canes to the corners of the house, and round peppermint candies to the sides of the door. Use white and red M&M's to decorate the roof. Use the sugar icing to create the windows, and decorate the door.
Optional: Bake gingerbread cookies in different shapes such as: Elves, Santa Clause, or even a sleigh. It will make it look like North Pole. It’s fun, festive, and traditional yet unique.
Whether you're leaning towards a traditional style, or for a pastel candy-wonderland our gingerbread house kits are the perfect way to create beautiful gingerbread houses that fit your style. Decorating gingerbread houses is a fun activity you can do as a family, and a beautiful tradition that we, at Ginger’s Bread Boys, absolutely love. This tradition has a special place in our hearts, which is why we decided to create our business.
All it takes is creativity, your favorite candies, our royal icing recipe, and above all, fun. Don't forget to tag us and show us your beautiful creations!