The kids and I have been making gingerbread houses for years. Probably 7 or 8 years with Elizabeth, Sam and Georgia and I made them with Hayley when she was a wee girl too.
Many, many moons ago I tried making, cutting, baking and assembling my own gingerbread house from scratch. It was a disaster, a first world disaster to be sure, but a disaster none-the-less.
I have, ever since, bought the kits you see in every grocery store and of course Michaels. Most of them are right around the $10 mark, and very easy to assemble.
I used this gingerbread house kit this year to create the house above. It was just $8.99. A steal really.
The kits are cute and all, and if you just buy a kit and nothing else you’ll have created a super cute gingerbread house and more importantly some great memories to go with it for your children.
However, why not take it a step further and use the kit as the base for an even more elaborate creation? For about $10 extra you can create a gingerbread to call your own! Your kids will love you for it.
Here are a few ideas from this year’s model.
This evergreen tree is made by stacking 4 Spearmint Leaf candies. The first 3 were stacked and rotated, the four and top candy was cut in half with the pointed end of the leaf pointing up.
This kit didn’t come with a chimney and every log cabin needs a chimney. You can build one out of Hot Tamales cinnamon candies and frosting. It’s easy … or if you prefer you can use graham wafers and cereal like we did last year.
Sour Whips purchased at Dollarama were used to make the green siding, window interior and even the roof shingles. These candies are similar to Betty Crocker’s Fruit Roll Ups, which were also used along the roof line and around the chimney base.
Logs for the base of the house were made using Rondoletti Cafe Style Cream Wafers (available at Canada Safeway).
Do you ever make a gingerbread house? I’d love to see pictures if you do. I’m always looking for new ideas.