Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.

What do you think of gingerbread houses? Too hard to make or hours full of fun? This house says FUN!!

We take days to decorate a gingerbread house each year. It’s a Christmas family tradition that I absolutely love.

I’m excited to show you my decorating ideas today along with a SWEET gingerbread themed blog hop and fabulous giveaway.

If you enjoy anything gingerbread related, then today is your lucky day!

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.

I love that we have been decorating gingerbread houses since both kids were tiny and had chubby little faces and arms! I have a chubby arms and it’s just from eating all of that candy. That’s downside of decorating a gingerbread house… you have candy all over the place. Great for kids… bad for mom’s behind:-)

Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas

Here are just a few of our gingerbread house creations from over the years. I hope they give you some inspiration for starting your own family tradition!

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.

My favorite trees are made with ice cream cones. I let the kids “paint” them with melted icing.

My friend, Belinda makes the most fabulous gingerbread houses, but you can easily make your own or get a ready made cookie kit.

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.

I loved the swing and pool on this house. It was a request by my kids! Gum works great for decorating, but watch out if you have a gum loving daughter like me! Your cute pink sidewalk might be gone in a few days.

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.

This house was decorated with a lot of creativity by my kids. I thought it turned out super cute! My son, the Lego fanatic, had fun building the candy cane fence.

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.

These no bake Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses by Martha Stewart have always been a few of my favorites for decorating inspiration. 

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.

This country cottage gingerbread house looks like a real house! I’ve got to do yellow windows on mine this year… and the sugar snow. What great ideas!

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.


Give the Gift of Gingerbread Blog Hop and Giveaway

Now it’s time to hop over to some talented blogs to see more gingerbread themed recipes and ideas!

Be sure to scroll down (or click over to my site here) to browse through the links and enter to win the giveaway worth $300!!

20 Gingerbread Themed Holiday Recipes and Gingerbread House Ideas. Adorable inspiration!

1. No Gingerbread Boy & Girl Cookie Pops by Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

2. Caramel Cocoa Egg Nog Custard Gingerbread Men by Hungry Happenings

3. Gingerbread Angle Ornament by Haniela’s

4. Gingerbread Men Bubble Bath by Creative Kids Snacks

5. Peeps Gingerbread Men Cookie Pops by Pint Sized Baker

6.  Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas by Living Locurto

7. Peanuts Gang Gingerbread Men by Sugar Swings

8. Gingerbread House Cookie Bites by The Decorated Cookie

9. Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Trees by Munchkin’ Munchies

10. Gingerbread Men Cookies by The Barefoot Baker

11. Gingerbread Sleigh Ride by the Partiologist

12. Mini Fudge Gingerbread Houses by Hoopla Palooza

13. Chocolate Gingerbread Cake by Bird on a Cake

14. Simple Gingerbread Christmas Trees by Sweet Sugar Belle

15. Gingerbread Cookie Cups by Creative Juice

16. Gingerbread Puppy Chow by Make Bake Celebrate

17. No Bake Gingerbread Heads by Party Pinching

18. Snowboarding Gingerbread Peeps by Sweet Simple Stuff

19. Gingerbread S’More Houses with Boozy Eggnog Marshmallow Filling by 1 Fine Cookie

20. Sugar Plum Gingerbread House by Miss CandiQuick

Gingerbread Themed Blog Hop & Fun Giveaway!!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors, you have a chance to win ALL of these prizes!!!!

Shabby Apple – Choice of a Dress (from a list) $100 value
Wilton – Gingerbread Decorating Prize Pack $50 value
Cheap Cookie Cutters – $50 Gift Card
Sweet Works – Candy Prize Pack $25 value
Easy Lunchboxes– lunch box set $22 value
Karen’s Cookies – $20 gift card
Sweet Simple Stuff – Cake Pop Prize Pack $20 value
CandiQuick – CandiQuick Prize Pack $25 value


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The Give the Gift of Gingerbread Giveaway will run from December 11 through December 17, 2013.

Entrants must be US residents, 18 years or older Void where prohibited by law.  Enter via the Rafflecopter entry form above. One winner will be chosen to win the entire prize pack and will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing information. If the winner does not respond in 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

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About Amy Locurto

Amy is a creative mom of two and graphic designer. When she's not working on Living Locurto, she's busy designing Printable Party Supplies and working on I Heart Faces, her photography blog. Find Amy on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  1. cool!!!

  2. ohmygoodness! so fun & clever.

  3. Lots of good ideas in here to try. Thanks!

  4. I must say that is the first time I’ve seen a swimming pool with a gingerbread house … LOVE IT!

  5. Andrea Thompson says:

    Amazing Ideas, as always festive & fun. LOVE it!

    Merry Christmas

  6. Great ideas, Amy! The swimming pool is my favorite. Here in Florida, we can relate to swimming on Christmas! 😉

  7. Loving all the gingerbread!

  8. What great ideas

  9. Such great ideas Amy! love the trees and the pool of course!!

  10. We are decorating gingerbread houses this weekend. I can’t wait!

  11. This is adorable! I bet your kids had so much fun making this…love it!

  12. So fun! Our local botanical gardens features gingerbread houses this time of year, and we enjoy the creativity!

  13. It’s been a looong time since I’ve made a gingerbread house. You have inspired me to make one this holiday season! I love the yellow windows too!

  14. Stephanie Cochran says:

    These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  15. Oh wow, that is a great list of things! Love it!

  16. Rena Castillo Wodecki says:

    I made some fun Ninja-Bread cookies 🙂

  17. Love your site … Merry Christmas!!

  18. Lesli Chandler says:

    These are gorgeous!!! Thanks for the great ideas!

  19. Carrie Saindon says:

    What a great giveaway. Thank you!

  20. Thanks for the inspiration !

  21. Heidi Carr Lehnig says:

    My kids love to put together the gingerbread house – I love to see who does what, and how they put it together !

  22. Happy Holidays!

  23. Linh Chin-Lai says:

    These look so fun!

  24. I love gingerbread men, looks like you had a good time decorating. Fun giveaway too! I’ve been looking at the Shabby Apple site for awhile but haven’t been able to buy anything yet. Thanks for hosting!

  25. I have 2 kids, 4 and almost 3, and I have not yet attempted gingerbread houses with them. They do that with grandma. Christmas has always been so busy, especially since my youngest has a birthday 1 week before Christmas, so I haven;t yet masteredt setting aside time for fun things like this.

  26. What a fun post! I love all of these ideas. I’m also a fan of a lot of the companies who are giving away prizes. Thanks for the generosity!

  27. LOVE that peppermint fence and those green ice cream cone trees!

  28. Adrienne Zwart says:

    I have been looking for a site with cute dresses forever. Thank you for sharing–I'm in love with Shabby Apple!

  29. Glad I found your site. I love Christmas time and beautiful gingerbread houses. God bless you and y’alls!

  30. Heather Lisk says:

    I'm going to try a gluten free gingerbread house this year, thanks for some great ideas 🙂

  31. Kristie Manuel says:

    You always have great stuff on your blog!

  32. Diane Dilbeck Swanson says:

    Have always wanted to make a Gingerbread house thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Michelle Burkholder says:

    Fun giveaway! Thank you!

  34. We would love to win this!!

  35. Gaby Wiszberger says:

    We would love this in our house!

  36. LOVE all the ideas!

  37. Juan Gonzalez says:

    My boys would LOVE this!!! and thanks for the Gingerbread house ideas!!

  38. I love the realistic one, those have always been my favorite 😀

  39. I am heading out to Michaels today to pick up the Wilton Ginger Bread House cookie cutter kit. Planning a fun day with my granddaughters!.

  40. Fun giveaway!

  41. Tina Henry says:

    What a fun giveaway! -Tina

  42. We are having a Girl Scout Gingerbread house workshop this weekend and I will share some of these ideas with the girls!

  43. Oops, that “James Sparks” comment is from me, Amy, and I cannot seem to delete that one:). Anyhow, love your ideas!

  44. Such cute ideas, Amy. I love your mom's candy cane fence, and may have to steal that idea:)

  45. Cool houses. We tried one last weekend but it collapsed! We are going to try again tomorrow. 🙂
    great giveaway. I love those dresses! I’m headed over to look at more now. Thanks!

  46. minta blankenship says:

    love your blog

  47. christina p says:

    Cool giveaway!

  48. Wait till Harper can help that is when the fun starts.

  49. I just made one last night.

  50. I make one every year..but haven’t this year 🙁

  51. Brie Horigan says:

    Great ideas for gingerbread!

  52. yum! looks so fun!!

  53. Brie Horigan says:

    Great ideas for Gingerbread!

  54. I love gingerbread houses! Can't wait to work on one of my own.

  55. Merry Christmas! looks so fun!

  56. Fun giveaway!

  57. i LOVE gingerbread houses and making them! and i don’t really mind the clean up cuz i get to eat the leftover candy. lol the pool, swing and candy cane fence your kids did are amazingly cute. i’m so happy i’m joining you in this gingerbread hop/giveaway thanks to Beth and Jill’s efforts 🙂

  58. Thanks for joining in the gingerbread fun. I love your creative houses and that you and your kids enjoy the tradition of building them together.


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