Scan this QR Code to follow PureWow on Snapchat!
PureWow

The holidays are all fun and games until your slab of just-hardened gingerbread cracks. But with 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.

RELATED: The Definitive Ranking of All the Classic Christmas Foods

no candy gingerbread house
Malkovstock/ Getty Images

Build One That’s Candy-Free

Proof icing can be just as impressive as row after row of sugary red and green.

gingerbread house on side of mug
rusak/ Getty Images

...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.

milk carton gingerbread house
NatashaPhoto/ Getty Images

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!

candy shop business gingerbread house
joebelanger/ Getty Images

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.

cottage gingerbread house
Twenty20

...Or One That Looks Like an English Cottage

Use shredded chocolate for the roof and powdered sugar for the sides. 

gingerbread house with lights
molka/ Getty Images

Build One That’s Lit From Within

The trick: Leave one panel off the roof, then stuff the lights inside before finishing it off. 

candy gingerbread house
MillefloreImages/ Getty Images

And of Course, One That Feels Like It Came Straight Out of Candy Land

Gingerbread genius. 

RELATED: Gingerbread Lattice Cookies

Listen Now

From Around The Web