3 Gingerbread House Ideas

No matter how much time and skill you have, there’s a gingerbread house for you. Check out these three no-stress plans that use gingerbread kits and basic pantry items as a base so you can focus on the important part: adding all the fun details that make it special.

We’ve broken out these projects into easy (the most involved but still very achievable), easier (even less work and time), and easiest (made with graham crackers, it’s the simplest of the three but still impossibly adorable). So, gather the kids, warm up the hot cocoa, and get ready to “sleigh” the challenge of gingerbread house building!

Easy: Snowy log cabin gingerbread house

Beautiful gingerbread house log cabin

What you’ll need

For chocolate trees

Tools needed for the gingerbread house log cabin

Get the complete step-by-step of how to make & decorate this gingerbread log cabin pretzel house

Adding green chocolate pretzel tree to gingerbread house log cabin

Easier:  Beach bungalow gingerbread house

completed beachy-themed gingerbread house

What you’ll need

Ingredients for beachy gingerbread house

Get the complete step-by-step of how to make & decorate this beach bungalow gingerbread house

Decorating gingerbread house with wheat cereal and candy

Easiest : Colorful candy graham cracker cottages

3 colorful candy cottages made out of graham crackers

What you’ll need

  • 1 box graham crackers (you will need 5 to 6 whole crackers per house)
  • Paper plate or piece of cardboard to hold the finished project
  • Serrated knife
  • Disposable icing piping bag
  • Royal icing (recipe included in step-by-step instructions)


Ingredients for colorful candy cottage graham cracker houses

Get the complete step-by-step of how to make & decorate these colorful candy cottage gingerbread houses

Adding candy to graham cracker candy house 

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