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{Video} Making a Gingerbread House & {Free Printable} Gingerbread House Template

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Hi there!

I am so happy to see how excited you are about the giveaway sponsored by KitchenAid and Sweetopia and going on right now, to win 2 (Yup, that’s two of them – yay!) beautiful, 7-quart KitchenAid mixers.

One or two of you – depending on which number gets picked – are going to win, and I can’t wait to play the Sweetopia Santa Claus in a few days. The last time I gave a few mixers away, one lovely winner cried when I chatted with her on the phone (we connected through email first), and it was such a lovely, lovely feeling to make someone so happy that they burst into joyful tears!

If you’d like to find out how to enter the giveaway, which is on until 12:01 am EST on Monday, December 19th, 2011, you can find it by clicking here.

I sincerely wish somehow everyone could have one, but as that’s just not possible, how about we console ourselves with a little bit of candy and Gingerbread Fun! 

Here’s a little video on how I made the gingerbread house above, and below the video you’ll find all the information you’ll need to know to make a house of your own.


If you can’t see the video, click here.


Gingerbread House Template {Free Printable}

I’ve got a list of everything you’ll need to make a gingerbread house and a free, printable gingerbread house template here for you – just click on the link here so you can print a full copy.

Making a Gingerbread House

If you’d like to make a gingerbread house here are the other things you’ll need:

Lots and lots of…

ahem, candy.

In case you missed it, you can watch the video above to see how to ‘glue’ the pieces of a house together and how to decorate a gingerbread house (like the pink one above).

There’s something so magical about making gingerbread houses, and although it takes a little bit of effort to make the pieces and the icing, with a few tips and tricks, the process is much easier, and the sweet, sweet result (pun intended), is so worth the effort. I delivered a few of the houses I made (pictured here) this week, and seeing people’s faces when you hand them their treat is such a wonderful feeling! Never mind how much fun it can be to make a gingerbread house with kids! Our H-banana and her cousin will be decorating their houses this weekend. I’ll share some pics on Instagram/Twitter if you’d like to see some candy fun. I’d also love to see what you’re up to for Christmas if you’d like to share on my Facebook page or on twitter.

Wishing you lots of love and gingerbreading fun this holiday season!



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  1. December 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    I love your tutorial and recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve made gingerbread houses for years and your recipes have really helped take a lot of the hassle out of the process.

    My sister and I have just started a business selling party printables and I’ve just begun blogging to share things I’ve learned. My latest post is about Gingerbread house tips and tricks and I’ve included links to your recipes and credits your website. I hope that you don’t mind but I can remove them is you do. I had 6 kids over the other day and we all sat and watched your video before we started to get ideas. Here’s the post if you’d like to check it out.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas,

  2. Ruth
    December 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I just built my very first gingerbread house for a local competition. And I have so much fun! I got the “bug” now, and want to make a lot more! Your houses are fabulous!
    I was wondering where you got those beautiful candies that look like colored pearls. They are gorgeous!
    Can you share some links for online suppliers for candy embellishments? Thanks!

  3. marian
    December 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi @ Keryn: What a wonderful post! I can see that your pairs of kids had a ton of fun decorating their houses. You are fantastic for organizing all that for them, and your printable and post are also amazing. Thanks for sharing and hope to see more of your creations next year!

    Absolutely, @ Ruth: Two of my favorite sources are and

  4. January 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I love your blog and your beautiful gingerbread house!!

    I made mine inspired on yours 🙂

    I hope you like it!! 🙂

    Congratulations for you lovely creations!!!! kiss from spain!


  5. marian
    January 19, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    It’s adorable @ Cherrybake!! I’m inspired by yours! xo

  6. January 28, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Hello Miriam! Thank you for your blog. It is very interesting and creative. Inspired by your idea this year I’ve finally made it! I mean a gingerbread house:) By virtue of your video lessons it has been quite easy. Thank you very much for your art, looking forward for your new posts!
    Here my a gingerbread house 😉

  7. January 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    That’s wonderful, @ Olesya! I just went to visit your blog; such pretty pictures and a cute gingerbread house!

  8. Jenny H.
    May 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Hey Marian!

    I’ve just discovered your blog a couple of days ago and I love it already!!
    I am amazed at how beautiful and detailed your work is! I am just entering the world of cookie and cake decorating and will visit your blog often for inspiration and help from now on!

    Love the gingerbread houses! It’s definitely going on my list for next christmas’ baking sessions!! 😉
    My girlfriends, my mum and sister-in-law will love this!!
    Thanks for the printable sheets as well!


    PS: Where do you buy all the beautiful and cute candies?? Unfortunately, here in Germany we don’t get that much choice at the supermarkets 🙁 Can you recommend an online shop??

  9. marian
    May 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    HI @ Jenny H.: Thanks so much for your kind words! Have you tried

  10. Jenny H.
    May 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Hey Marian!
    Thanks for the hint 🙂 I had a look at this page before but most of the stuff is sent in huuuge packages. But depending on how big the gingerbread house-preoject will get this christmas I might order something there! Found a german website that offers candies from the UK and the US as well. It is by far not nearly as good as but still quite good! 🙂


  11. marian
    May 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    That’s great, @ Jenny H.! Do you know Niner Bakes’ site? She’s in Hannover and might know some good sources. xo

    • Jenny H.
      September 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Omg…I know this comes awefully late, but I have been so busy these last months (thinking about starting a blog myself 🙂 ) ans just put the gingerbreadhouse-project aside for the moment.
      Thanks so much for your tip! I know Niners blog and am a huge fan but never thought of asking her for advice^^
      I will definitely do that! Thanks! 🙂

      I’m kind of excited already for the house project! Measurments for one wall will be the measurments of a big baking sheet! 🙂

    • Lisa
      July 9, 2015 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

      I loved the gingerbread houses!!! Finding it hard souring the roof tile lolly. I would love to know where you purchase your lollies in bulk for your houses. I’m in Australia and would love to get a lot of those lollies you used on your houses. Thanks!!

  12. Wendy
    August 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian, I write from Mexico, i just discovered your blog and i love it, is full of ideas. I have to ask, this template i just print it? or i have to adjust it before printing? and do you have any ideas or techniques about working with fondant when the weather is toooo hot?? i suffer a lot here in my town, its hot all the year except from january to march! always more than 35° and a river by the side so you can guess the heat and humidity…
    Thanks a lot, im a follower from now of your blogggggg!

  13. Loris S
    September 28, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    I live here in South Australia & are looking for an alternative to those Necco wafers you use on your gingerbread houses as roof tiles. Unfortunately, I can’t find them here at all. What else would you suggest??



    • September 28, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      Hi Lori S,
      You could roll out some pink gumpaste and make the circle tiles yourself if you like. I can’t think of another candy as similar as the necco wafers. Hope that helps!

  14. Loris S
    September 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    gosh, never thought of that….wonderful!
    and really, they would keep for ages, so could do them way ahead, sealed in a container, possibly even freeze them.

    thankyou so much for the idea

  15. Karyn
    October 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I really wanted thouse necco wafers for my roof but couldnt find them:( I was thinking since I have extra gingerbread house dough after baking my pices could i just roll the dough out and cut circles out,prick them so they dont puff up and bake them? If so how long and what temp?

    • marian
      October 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi Karyn,
      You could, yes. Roll them very thinly and bake until the center no longer looks wet (keep oven light on; do not open oven to check). Another option is two comments above. xo

    • Debbie
      November 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      Necco wafers are available at Cracker Barrel restaurants

  16. November 1, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    These gingerbread house are the cutest gingerbread houses that I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing how you made them.

  17. bonnie
    December 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    Would it be alright to leave out the chimney? Baking 7 of these and trying to make my life easier. Thanks for your help and template!!!

    • marian
      December 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

      Hi Bonnie,
      Have fun decorating!

  18. Kjell
    December 10, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink


    Just wondering what “icing” is – the white you use to mount the house with 🙂

    Is it something you make yourself?



    • marian
      January 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kjell,
      Yes, it’s royal icing. The link to the recipe is under the title, “Making a Gingerbread House”.

  19. ann
    December 15, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Perhaps I just didn’t know where to look, but the template doesn’t have the roof or sides. 🙁

  20. ann
    December 15, 2013 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Oh, I feel silly now! It just took a moment for them to load!

  21. Abby Eagle
    April 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi there, was just wondering where you buy your Necco wafers from? And were you able to purchase them in single colors? Many thanks, Abby 🙂

  22. Joan Mackey
    October 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian: for anyone looking for Necco wafers; they’re
    easy to find on internet; also on ebay. Don’t know about
    specific colors (availability) but I have ordered just chocolate wafers.

  23. December 7, 2015 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    I’ve been teaching gingerbread house making for over 20 years but have never used those small colored pastel balls that you use in your videos. Who makes those and where can I purchase them?

    Your houses are beautiful! Do you have a supply list for all the candy pieces listed someplace?

  24. December 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this template! Came out great. Sharing think link and pictures of my house on my blog

  25. Susanne
    October 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    This is SO beautiful;-)!!

    Do you use the same recipe icing for putting together the house AND for the icicles?



    • marian
      November 20, 2017 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi Susanne, yes I do. Have fun decorating!

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