Building A Christmas Gingerbread House

This Blogmas post comes partly from me and partly from my friend Lola who visited last weekend, she gave me a ‘Build Your Own Gingerbread House Kit’ and this post is well, just that!

 

Now, I could have cheated a little and pretended that I made this one myself but I think it’s a little obvious. I have actually built one from scratch before, me and Cameron made one a couple of years ago and painstakingly built it together. I’ll include some photographs of the finished product, I’m still SO proud that we made it from scratch! Please appreciate our working door and stained glass windows!

Let’s build a house:

Now, before we start, a little disclaimer – Gingerbread House kits seem SO easy from the outside but can lead to A LOT of stress! Thankfully, me and Cameron (seasoned professionals in the Gingerbread House construction business) were able to avoid several major disasters throughout the building process.

Firstly, the dreaded main frame – never, ever, build a house using the icing included in Gingerbread House kits! We had to put so much icing on to get the walls to stand up and stay together and it actually worked a little better when Cameron spread the icing out a little. Add a jar in the middle to stop the walls falling in and boxes round the outside and we produced this – ta-da!

I added some snow icing to the edges to not only help them stick but to make it all pretty and snowy!

 

Obviously the most exciting part of the building process is the decorating but sadly, the decorations weren’t quite up to scratch for me… So, we bought some more! Add to the three types of jelly sweets some white and milk chocolate buttons and some ‘Decorate Your Own Reindeer Macarons’ and you have all the decorations you could want!

I was pretty much left to my own devices for this part of the building process, Cameron was building the Reindeer whilst I tiled the roof and ensured Rudolph landed safely in the snow.

I got a little too involved in the creation process so I forgot to take photographs throughout so you’ll have to make do with the finished product. Just so you know, I’m so proud and I sort of want to move in already! Where are my bags?

Let me know if you’ll be building your own Gingerbread House this Christmas, you could even make your own using the recipe in this post.

 

 

All photography featured in this post is my own.

 

21 Comments

  1. Love, love, love! Mine always look terrible but I love making them!

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      Thank you! It nearly ended in disaster!

  2. Really great. We get ours from Tesco, and the kids and my wife make a right mess in the kitchen making it. It’s lovely but looks nothing like as good as yours ended up !

    Happy Xmas

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      Thank you! Awh that sounds so good, you should join in too – maybe the mess will be slightly less haha! Have a lovely Christmas!

  3. Macey Gloria says:

    Omg so cute!! I have not made a gingerbread house in years; it’s been way too long. This has to be the year that I try it out again! I’m pretty sure it’ll be a disastrous attempt, but I know it’s all about the process & the memory making x

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    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      You have to tell me if you end up making one and send me photographs, I’m sure it’ll be fab! x

  4. Oooh I love it! Just needs Hansel & Gretle to walk up & break a piece off! Smashing job!

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      Haha that was us the next day eating chunks off it!

  5. Oh my god your gingerbread house is so cute!!! I always find I buy a little set to make and it ends up going so badly, like things just won’t stay together haha. But it is a great idea to add your own icing because you’re so right, the icing it comes with does not work! Love it!

    Chloe xx

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      Thank you! We got there in the end! Glad you enjoyed reading it! xx

  6. Victoria Austin says:

    Your gingerbread houses look so cute, love the reindeer additions! I totally remember the having to balance things around the edge of it to hold it up when I made one from a kit a few years ago, it was sliding all over the place haha. x

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      Thank you! So tricky at times, isn’t it? We managed to make it stay eventually! x

  7. Omg it’s the cutest gingerbread house I’ve seen. Never built one before as they intimidate me

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      Thank you! I don’t blame you, they either go really right or really wrong!

  8. These look so much fun to make but I don’t like gingerbread so making one would be a huge waste of time for me unless I was giving it to someone as a present! xxx

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      Ah that’s a shame, it would make a cute present but I’m not sure it would survive the journey haha! xxxx

  9. kelsey says:

    Your gingerbread house is SO CUTE! I have never made one before but I’m tempted to try now using the kit you mention.

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      Thank you so much, give it a go – it’s fun decorating even if the building is a little stressful!

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  11. Next year I expect to see hogwarts

    1. Imogen Chloe says:

      I laughed so much at this, I hope to live up to the expectations!

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