Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Let the charm of Gingerbread Houses into your house this Christmas with our easy plans and creative decorating ideas. Before long, you will be tempted to create an entire town of gingerbread houses!

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas


Cover your work area with a plastic tablecover or waxed paper for easy clean up. If your house will have an outside (lawn, gardens, etc.), use a large heavy-duty piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil. For smaller versions, use large Styrofoam white plates. Be sure to use basic white frosting to “cement” your house, trees, lampposts, etc. to the base.


You will find plans for one-room house,Victorian house, chapel, country store, log cabin to help you build your gingerbread house. Offer suggestions to the children that a gingerbread house can also be Santa’s Workshop, a reindeer barn, Mrs. Claus’s kitchen, toy shop or even a replica of your own home. If you live in the big city, then why not make an apartment building using a tall milk container and adding lots of windows.

Building Supplies

Bread sticks (logs, rafters and beams), shredded wheat cereal (thatched roofs), wafer cookies (roofing tiles), mini chocolate candy bars (doors, shutters and shingles), Candy Kisses (church bell and roof decorations), lollipops (road sings), jelly beans (fireplace stones), fruit leathers (window shades), ice cream cones (trees), and candy canes with gumdrops (lamp posts) are just some ideas. For a more complete list of building supplies and their uses, click here.

Construction and Finishing Touches

Step by Step instructions are all laid out but remember to let the kids have fun… and enjoy the mistakes because it will cause even more creativity that you would ever have imagined!

General Plans

Dormers, Chimney and Windows

Set-up time: Allow gingerbread structures/frosting to dry overnight so they will be stable.


Flower cake decorations (garden), gumdrops (bushes), brown sugar (walkways and flowerbeds), pretzel sticks (fence posts), nuts (stones) and rock candy (rocks). Click here for details.

Christmas Decorations

Use Life Savers (wreaths), Red Hots and M&M candies (Christmas tree balls), white frosting (snow), powdered sugar (frost), melted hard candies (stained glass windows), colored sprinkles (Christmas lights), Fruit Loop cereal (Christmas railings) and marshmallows (snowmen) are some ideas.

People and Animals

Animal Crackers (add scarf decorations), Graham Cracker Teddy Bears (decorate in Santa suits), buy ready made from your bakery and for homemade, use cookie cutters or trace stencils onto cardstock and use for pattern on the cookie dough. Using a little blob of frosting, the people and animals will stand up on the base or to the sides of the house.

People and Animal Patterns:  Use cookie cutters, cut figures out of coloring books, etc.  Trace pattern onto a sturdy piece of cardboard or poster board and voila, you have patterns!

Place your pattern on Gingerbread dough with a sharp pointy paring knife, bake, cool, decorate.  To stand the figure around the gingerbread house, place it in a blob of thick frosting and voila, its standing!

Have fun and be creative!


ROYAL ICING CEMENT (“not” edible)


FONDANT (to make ornaments)


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Gingerbread House Pattern – Log Cabin

Log Cabin Gingerbread House

Snow Covered Log Cabin Gingerbread House Plan

Welcome Christmas and Winter by building a cozy, tabletop log cabin with gingerbread. This gingerbread house plan requires no blueprints to print and cut, just like a log cabin does not require any. All you need is logs to build this one.

Log Cabin Gingerbread House

1.  Start with a 6-inch log in back, two 2-inch logs in front.  Top with 6-inch logs on sides, letting ends extend.  Continue building using spacers at inner edges of 2-inch logs.

2.  Fourth layer uses 6-inch logs all around.  Add 3 spacers across doorway; then top with 6-inch logs across front and back.

3. Using spacers and 3-1/2 and 2 inch logs, build up gables on front and back of cabin. Place a spacer on top of each gable.

4.  Ice and sugar roof pieces, ice top logs and spacers.  Set roof in place.



Use the following pattern to cut the roof and if desired, front and back ends.


Log Cabin Gingerbread House Pattern


Basic Gingerbread & Gingerbread Log Recipes

(“not” edible):


(to make ornaments)

Or if you would rather not bake at all, you can make an even more easier version of the Log Cabin gingerbread house. Try our Rolled Wafer Log Cabin – No Bake ‘Gingerbread’ House.


Gingerbread House Pattern – Easy One Room House

Easy One Room Gingerbread House

The most popular and easiest of all Gingerbread House plans is this One Room House. You will require lesser time to bake and assemble it and have more fun time decorating it in any way you like.

Easy One Room Gingerbread House

This classic Gingerbread house can be made with or without a chimney. The blueprint below if for a simple house without the chimney on the roof. If you would like to add a Dormer and a Chimney, follow these instructions.

One Room House - Easy Gingerbread House Blueprint

Once you are done baking and assembling, look up ideas for:

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Gingerbread House Landscaping Ideas

Gingerbread House 101

Gingerbread House 101 - Recipes, Templates, Decorating Ideas and More

Whether pre-bought from a local bakery or made fresh in your oven, Gingerbread Houses give your children and teenagers the opportunity to transform your home with wonderful aromas and festive decorations that are oh so good enough to eat…. they love being creative and enjoy it all the more when they can eat their art supplies.

Gingerbread House 101 - Recipes, Templates, Decorating Ideas and More

From the very simple designs for those busy moms and dads to challenging blueprints for art projects for those artists among us, we’ve got it all. We’ve also included some gingerbread recipes for holiday gifts, Hanukkah and potlucks…Let the decorating begin!!!

Gingerbread House Basics

Gingerbread Party

Gingerbread House General Construction Plan

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Gingerbread House Landscaping Ideas

Building Materials for Gingerbread House Making

Gingerbread House – No Bake Alternatives

Gingerbread Recipes

Basic Gingerbread Recipe

Royal Icing Cement (“not” edible)

Almost Buttercream Cement (edible)

Gingerbread Ornaments

Gingerbread Gift Recipes

Gingerbread House Blueprints

One-room house

Victorian house


Country store

Log cabin

Dormer & Chimney

Gingerbread House Ideas

Victorian Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas

Rolled Wafer Log Cabin – No Bake ‘Gingerbread’ House

Gingerbread House Blueprint – Victorian House

Gingerbread House Blueprint - Victorian House

Our detailed blueprint for a Gingerbread Victorian House will help you perfectly create a tabletop old-fashioned, opulent house for Christmas that you will fall in love with!

See detailed decorating ideas at Decorating Ideas for a Gorgeous, Victorian Gingerbread House and download the pattern below.

Download Pattern

Gingerbread House Blueprint - Victorian House

Victorian Gingerbread House Blueprint

This blueprint is at 100%. You can enlarge the original sized blueprint further to make your house larger.

victorian- gingerbread house blueprint

Once you are done constructing the Victorian Gingerbread House, its time to start decorating:

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Gingerbread House Landscaping Ideas

Gingerbread House Blueprint – Chapel

Gingerbread House Blueprint - Chapel

You can make a simple country church or a grand cathedral. This Gingerbread House pattern can be embellished as you wish.

Gingerbread House Blueprint - Chapel

Stained glass windows will set this chapel in a special way.

Country Chapel Gingerbread House Blueprint

Piece the main part of the church together. Place the smaller stair piece on top of the larger one to create a short stairway, and position the entryway at the top of the stairs.

Use licorice, icing, or candy canes cut to size to make the cross. Don’t forget an ice-cream-cone steeple!

Victorian Gingerbread House

Victorian Gingerbread House

Decorate a Gorgeous, Victorian Gingerbread House this Christmas with our foolproof blueprint and step by step decorating ideas.

Tammy Graf from Encino, CA constructed this Victorian style Gingerbread House using our blueprint for Victorian Gingerbread House and shared her decorating ideas with fellow Christmas Baking enthusiasts.

Victorian Gingerbread House
Victorian Gingerbread House – baked from scratch and decorated by Tammy Graf

Tammy modified our Victorian Gingerbread House pattern by adding a Chimney (download plan separately).

Patience is the key to a beautiful, large Gingerbread House, says Tammy. She took her time creating this lovely house by first making the gingerbread and letting it cool overnight. She then, built the house, let it sit overnight, decorated one side, let it sit overnight, etc.

Decorating Details

Here is what you will need to decorate your Victorian Gingerbread House.

Victorian Gingerbread House - Front View
Full Front View showing the Decoration Details

Chimney: Chocolate Covered Raisins
Roof: Nickle wafers
Windows: Yellow and Brown Icing
Side walk: Peppermint patties and shoestring licorice
Fence:  2 tone (red and green) Sugar wafers with Wilton icing on top
Pond: Blue icing
Tree , present, snowman: Not gingerbread. yes, they are fake!
Wreaths on front door: Gingerbread.
Walls: M&M’s.

The poinsettia leaves on the fence are table decorations.

Back View

Here is the back view of the Victorian Gingerbread House.

Victorian Gingerbread House - Back View
Back View