I was young when I learned how to decorate a gingerbread house. Every December when I was a kid, my family went to my aunt and uncle’s house and had a gingerbread house decorating party. As the years passed and we gained experience, we got more and more creative with our houses.
There was the year that my uncle decided a plain old house wouldn’t do and instead created an elaborate church complete with steeple and stained glass windows. We called it Church of the Praying Gummy Bears (which, by the way, is one I forgot to put on my gingerbread house decorating candy list, so stay tuned for Part Two).
Then there was the year that my dad got really serious and used his jigsaw to cut out the pieces for his house. I could be wrong, but I don’t remember that working very well.
How to Decorate a Gingerbread House: The BEST Candy Ideas
Regardless of the results, our family always had a blast creating our gingerbread masterpieces. Of course, one of the best parts was sampling the many candies available, and we always had a large assortment to choose from.
If your family is planning to do something similar this year, but you’re wondering how to decorate a gingerbread house, I hope you’ll find the following list of easy gingerbread house decorating ideas helpful.
Other Ideas (walkways, snowmen, log pile, etc.)
To make it super easy on you I’ve created a printable of all the candies I’ve listed here. You can print it out and take it to the store (no list making, yay!) or have it on hand when you decorate to give everyone ideas.
This is perfect! I was just talking with my mom about how I want to make a gingerbread house this year. I’m going to use the printout.
Tove Stakkestad says
I love this list – our elf was going to bring the kids the supplies to make one – so this list is timely. I think you left out twislers! 🙂
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
Ooooh, so many fun ideas here! I’ll have to give a few of these a try!
Thanks for sharing! I’m pinning this list ASAP!
Have a great day!
Thanks Jennifer. We’re decorating our houses on Saturday. It should be a lot of fun!
Thanks for putting this all together! You are making my life easier. This is an awesome idea to do with my nephews.
My kids LOVE decorating gingerbread houses. Have fun!!