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35 Gingerbread Houses You Can Build and Eat ...

By Eliza

At this time of year I can't want to get started decorating with gingerbread houses. I like to build them for decor, but you can certainly put one together, then nibble on it all season long. Building gingerbread houses is a super fun activity for kids and should definitely be part of your holiday fun this year. Check out these epic creations and get ready to make your own masterpieces.

1 Stand up Gingerbread Sugar Cookies

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These tiny gingerbread houses make great snacks for all of your holiday parties.

2 Fairy Tale

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This light pink gingerbread house is different and a little bit whimsical.

3 White Decor

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Use white icing to make a snowy landscape on and around your gingerbread house.

4 Gingerbread People

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No gingerbread house would be complete without some people to live in it.

5 Ski Chalet

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The symmetrical way this gingerbread house is designed looks really good, don't you think?

6 Gingerbread Lighthouse

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This is a fun and unique take on the classic gingerbread house.

7 Huge Elegant Mansion

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Wouldn't you love to live here? I would!

8 Up House

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If you're feeling really ambitious, try out his epic creation.

9 Pretzel Gingerbread House

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Pretzels are a great embellishment for fences and much more.

10 Winter Lodge

christmas decoration,ERKSON,This reminds me of a ski lodge. What do you think? Could you build this?

11 Bed and Breakfast Gingerbread House

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A professional built this one, but it would be fun to try and copy it.

12 Huge House

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It must have taken a long time to build this really huge gingerbread house.

13 Copy a House

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Use your materials to recreate a reproduction of a famous house. Or your own.

14 Lots of Detail

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Use an icing pen or cake decorating kit to create lots of detail on your house.

15 Marshmallow Roof

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Marshmallows are easy to manipulate and you can use them to add detail to your house.

16 Dripping Icing

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Use thick icing to make icicles on your house.

17 Pretty in Pink

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Pink can definitely be a Christmas color when it's on a gingerbread house.

18 Don't Forget Santa

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Don't forget to cap off your gingerbread house with Santa Claus.

19 Peppermint Gingerbread House

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Use peppermints to add columns and decorations on a fancy Victorian gingerbread house.

20 Little Cottage

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Of course, there's nothing wrong with keeping it small and adorable like this one.

21 Doctor Who

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You'll need a bunch of blue frosting to make this Doctor Who inspired house.

22 A Tiny Village

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A bunch of little houses make an adorable little village.

23 On a Dish

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Keep your house contained by building it on a small dish.

24 Bright Colors

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Use brightly colored candies to give your house some personality.

25 Totally Magical

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26 Dress up a Cake

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Wrap a cake with flat gingerbread cookies to create this look.

27 Cut out Windows

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If you have a steady hand, you can cut out a few shapes to make windows.

28 Something Simple

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I'm not sure I have the skill to do this, but it looks pretty great, doesn't it?

29 Red and Green

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Stick to a red and green color palette for a holiday look that everyone will love.

30 Big Pyramid

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This pyramid design is easy to carry out and really fun to decorate too.

31 Candy Bricks

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Cover the outside of the houses with candies to emulate bricks.

32 Island Inspired

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This adorable tiki bar is a fun way to remember a past Christmas vacation.

33 Snow on the Roof

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This is the perfect house for welcoming Santa Claus!

34 Painted House

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Tint your frosting to make it look like your gingerbread house is painted.

35 Big and Fancy

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I saved my favorite for last. Isn't this great?

Do you plan to build a gingerbread house this year? I do, but my kids will help so they will not look like any of these. Oh well. It's the fun that counts! Which one is your favorite?

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