How to Build a Christmas House


A traditional house to build around Christmas time is a gingerbread house, a decorative (and edible) house made of candy and, of course, gingerbread. While many stores around the holidays have pre-made kits available for purchase, making your own Christmas gingerbread house can be a fun, new tradition for adults and children alike.

Step 1

Cut a piece of sturdy cardboard into a square to use as the base for your gingerbread house. Place the cardboard on a flat surface to build the house.

Step 2

Cut your sheet of gingerbread into eight pieces: Four equal-size square pieces (try 9 x 9 inches) and four equal-size triangles with the same length as the square pieces. Try making a template out of cardboard first and using that to cut your gingerbread. Use a fifth square piece as the base of your gingerbread (optional).

Step 3

Use the frosting to "glue" the square pieces to your cardboard base or your base gingerbread square. Attach the square pieces with frosting on the sides and secure them to the base or cardboard at the bottom. Ensure the structure is sturdy before proceeding to Step 4.

Step 4

Use the frosting to "glue" the triangle pieces to the top of the square structure. Make the triangle tops meet in the middle at the top to look like a roof. Let the entire structure dry before proceeding to Step 5.

Step 5

Decorate your Christmas gingerbread house using frosting and candy. "Glue" the candy pieces on the gingerbread structure to form windows, a door, roof tiles and more. If you used cardboard as your base, decorate the cardboard with the frosting and candy, too. Use green frosting to make grass and use candy to make a pathway to the door or some plants.

Step 6

Let the entire structure dry. Eat the gingerbread house if you'd like, give it as a gift or use it as a centerpiece for Christmas Eve dinner.

Tips and Warnings

  • Adults only cut the gingerbread with a knife.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet of gingerbread
  • Knife
  • Frosting
  • Frosting bag
  • Candy
  • Cardboard


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Laila Alvarez has been writing professionally since 2002. She has written for Houston Community Newspapers and "L.A. Zoo View," "North O.C. Magazine," "Perpetual Phlegm" and other magazines, newspapers and websites. Alvarez has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University-Fullerton.

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