Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and holiday Inspiration! Over 20 easy gingerbread house ideas and recipes for Christmas fun with your family.

Cute and Easy Gingerbread House Ideas


Creative Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas

What do you think of gingerbread houses? Too hard to make, or hours full of fun? Our house says FUN!! Each Christmas we take days to decorate a gingerbread house. It’s a Christmas family tradition that I absolutely love to do with my kids each year.

I’m excited to show you some of our gingerbread house decorating ideas along with a SWEET gingerbread themed blog hop featuring 20 of my favorite fun food blogger friends.

This was originally published on December 11, 2013 and updated in 2020.

20 Cute Gingerbread Houses

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

I love that we have been decorating gingerbread houses since both kids were tiny and had chubby little faces and arms!

Too bad my chubby arms aren’t as cute 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 a mom’s behind. ha!

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.


What’s the best way to decorate a Gingerbread House?

Decorating a gingerbread house is easy as long as you have a few supplies!

My friend, Belinda made us the most fabulous gingerbread houses over the years, but you can easily make your own or get a ready made –> Gingerbread House Kit.

More things you’ll need for decorating a gingerbread house:

  • Use a foam board to hold your house. This way you can embellish the yard as well as the house.
  • Make sure to stock up on candy. Hard candy works the best.
  • Use white frosting as the glue. Glue your house to your foam board. –> Cookie Icing in a tube makes less mess.
  • Always have Christmas music playing. It’s a must do!


Cute Gingerbread House Inspiration

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!

Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Recipes


Christmas Tree Ice Cream Cones

My favorite way to make trees is by using ice cream cones. I let the kids “paint” them with melted green frosting.

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.


Candy Cane Lane Gingerbread House

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.


Graham Cracker Houses

Graham crackers can also be used to make festive houses for the holidays. These no bake Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses from Martha Stewart have always been one of my favorite inspirations. 

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Ideas

Cute Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas and Inspiration.


Gingerbread Chicken Coop

Love chickens? Make a Chicken Gingerbread Coop instead of the usual house this season. How cute is this?

Chicken Coop Gingerbread House Ideas - Cute Christmas DIY Idea

We also love this adorable –> Gingerbread Chicken Coop Kit.

Gingerbread Chicken Coop Kit

Gingerbread Country Cottage Gingerbread

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.




Gingerbread Blog Hop

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

Be sure to scroll down to browse through the links.

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

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

Caramel Cocoa Egg Nog Custard Gingerbread Men by Hungry Happenings

Gingerbread Angle Ornament by Haniela’s

Gingerbread Men Bubble Bath by Creative Kids Snacks

Peeps Gingerbread Men Cookie Pops by Pint Sized Baker

Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas by Living Locurto

Peanuts Gang Gingerbread Men by Sugar Swings

Gingerbread House Cookie Bites by The Decorated Cookie

Gingerbread Men Cookies by The Barefoot Baker

Gingerbread Sleigh Ride by the Partiologist

Mini Fudge Gingerbread Houses by Hoopla Palooza

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake by Bird on a Cake

Simple Gingerbread Christmas Trees by Sweet Sugar Belle

Gingerbread Cookie Cups by Creative Juice

Gingerbread Puppy Chow by Make Bake Celebrate

No Bake Gingerbread Heads by Party Pinching

Snowboarding Gingerbread Peeps by Sweet Simple Stuff

Sugar Plum Gingerbread House by Miss CandiQuick

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

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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 🙂

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