With the holidays looking a little different this year, the last thing you need is a gingerbread house disaster. With these houses as your inspiration and a little patience and precision, there’s no limit to what you and your kids can build together. Here, seven gingerbread house ideas to help you think outside the (candy-covered) box.
7 Amazing Gingerbread House Ideas to Create with Your Kids
1. Build One That's Candy-free
Proof icing can be just as impressive as row after row of sugary red and green.
2. ...or One That Sits On The Side Of Your Hot Cocoa
Precision is a virtue, but if you have the patience—and motor skills—to assemble these teeny tiny houses, they’re especially tasty after you dunk them in your drink.
3. Construct One That's Modeled Around A Milk Carton
Use an empty (and rinsed out) carton—tall or small—as your base, then wrap it in foil and affix the gingerbread to every side using frosting. Voilà!
4. Make One That's Ready For Business
It takes a village, so why not construct one? A candy shoppe is just the start of a series of buildings you can display in your dining room.
5. ...or One That Looks Like An English Cottage
Use shredded chocolate for the roof and powdered sugar for the sides.
6. Build One That's Lit From Within
The trick: Leave one panel off the roof, then stuff the lights inside before finishing it off.
7. And Of Course, One That Feels Like It Came Straight Out Of Candy Land