gingerbread house stained glass windows

The weekend after Thanksgiving is our traditional gingerbread house making time. We normally use the pre-bought houses so we can spend our time decorating. We buy extra candy and construction supplies {pretzels, or whatever else we think might be good} because we always have ideas that go beyond what we could do with the candy that comes with the house. We also make a lot of extra frosting because the kind that comes with the set is good for gluing the walls together, but doesn’t taste very good, and we like the option to use a lot on the roofs, walls or lawns of our houses. This year we had two regular houses plus a set that was a community, so it had several mini structures. It was a fun combination. My sister and I, plus six kids ranging in age from 13-20 participated this year. Here’s our photo summary:

gingerbread house ideas supplies

This one has a rainbow striped roof made of m & m’s with Swedish fish above the front door. Huge marshmallows to support the structure that wanted to collapse. There are huge marshmallows inside this house, too. Sometimes you have to improvise.

gingerbread house fish over door

Next up, this tiny house has a pretzel roof, Tootsie roll wood pile, and a peppermint walkway.

mini gingerbread house

This cute house features a Swedish fish pond in the back yard, and coconut snow on the roof and yard.

fish pond gingerbread house

Here is a close-up of the fish pond. I believe that’s a Sour Patch kid standing there, looking at the fish.

fish pond gingerbread house

The Junior Mint walkway on this mansion draws your eyes right to the front door with the peppermint wreath and Twizzler bow, then up to the stained glass windows made of gumdrops. Mint m & m’s create the lawn, and coconut snow covers the house and lawn.

gingerbread house stained glass windows

The back of this house features a caramel chimney with Santa going down. Note the garden hose attached to the back wall, made of a Twizzler.

gingerbread house santa chimney

The mini pueblo comes with this great pretzel fence. {I feel like I’m selling real estate here!}

gingerbread houses

Here’s a photo of the whole gingerbread house community:

gingerbread houses

And finally, the chimney on this wee house is perfectly charming.

caramel chimney mini gingerbread house

This is the first year that we didn’t have a single military themed structure. In the past we have had bunkers, tanks, helicopters, forts, bases, and armies with Santa as the Commander in Chief. This was also the first year that one of the kids in our group was a girlfriend and not a cousin. Coincidence? Maybe…

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6 Responses to Family Gingerbread House Ideas

  1. Susie @Bowdabra says:

    Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your cool gingerbread house ideas in our Crafty Showcase http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/12/01/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-9/ this week! We love seeing what you have been up to and visiting your blog.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  2. Jenn says:

    So cute! I especially love the caramel chimney! I had to laugh at the marshmallows holding the house up – we have had more than one house collapse on us so I will have to remember this!

  3. I love Gingerbread houses!You are so talented!! We hope you will come back this week! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party starts at 12:01AM on Wednesday and runs through Sunday night. Have a great week.
    Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee’s), Linda (Two Succulent Sisters)

  4. We really hope you read this comment. We were part of the Adorned From Above Blog Hop. We think these rolls look delish!! We featured them on our blog as one of our favorites. We would love it if visit our site and grab our feature button on the top right. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Thanks,
    The Busy Bee’s.
    Myrna and Joye.
    thebusybhive.blogspot.com

  5. Karen says:

    Such a cute tradition! Great ideas. I love the caramel chimney!
    Karen

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