Building gingerbread houses is one of my family’s favorite Christmastime traditions–the more elaborate and candy-laden, the better. It’s one of those activities we plan for in our Christmas budget, but since purchasing all the supplies can get quite pricey, it remains a once-a-year activity, even though my kids ask for it several times throughout the year.
The kids’ love for building gingerbread houses inspired this simple and frugal Christmas craft–adaptable for the beginning or experienced gingerbread house builder, and loaded with plenty of non-sticky sweets.
To build your own Gingerbread House craft, you’ll need:
- FREE Gingerbread House Template printable
- white paper or card stock
- (optional) colored card stock or patterned paper
Then cut around each piece.
Begin assembling the house with the structural pieces first.
Then, for the best part: decorating! I included several pieces in the printable so the kids could decorate to their imagination’s content. Some will want to go all out, while others may keep it simple. That’s the fun part of building gingerbread houses, and of this craft–no right way to assemble them.
When finished, mount your house on a piece of colored card stock or patterned paper, if desired, and display all season long.
Pam Odd is a homeschooling mom of five, graphic designer, and children’s literature lover. In her pre-mommy life she taught first grade. She believes we all have some spark of creative ingenuity in us and because of that, every day life – even with potty training, electricity bills, and dirty dishes – can be creative. You can find her at Keeping Life Creative.