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12+ Gingerbread House Designs: {Free Patterns & Ideas}

You’ll find plenty of sweet ideas for making gingerbread houses in this collection that includes decorating tips, free templates to download and even a few recipes.

Before you start building, you’ll need some gingerbread to work with. Here’s a vintage recipe from Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series)…

1 cup brown sugar blended with
1/2 cup lard or other shortening.
1 cup molasses mixed well with this.
2 teaspoons baking soda in 1 cup boiling water
(Be sure cup is full of water after foam is run off into cake mixture).

Mix all well.

To 3 cups of flour have added one teaspoon each of the following spices: ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves; and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sift all into cake mixture and mix well.

Add lastly 2 well-beaten eggs.

The mixture should be quite thin.

Bake in a moderate oven for thirty minutes.

Raisins and, or, candied fruit may be added and a chocolate frosting adds to the goodness.

Ready to start creating your masterpiece? Here’s a bunch of tutorials to help you out, enjoy!


Manor [1]: Recipe and assembly instructions plus 8 pages of pattern pieces in a pdf file.

With Dormers [2]: Nice design with two dormers along the side.



Hansel & Gretel Style [3]: Six page pdf includes recipe and instructions, you’ll find it here [4].

Perfect [5]: All you need is here, recipes for dough and icing, templates (pdf), assembly and decorating instructions.



With Gumdrops [6]: Recipes for making gingerbread and royal icing as well as tips for assembly.

Simple Template [7]: This makes a small version and available via pdf.



With Frosted Roof [8]: Recipe and instructions, piece measurements are given for making your own templates.

Charming & Simple [9]: Decorations include flaked almonds, mini-chocolate fingers, assorted sweets and edible silver balls.



Sewing Cottage [10]: Adorable and well suited for crafters!

How-To Slideshow [11]: Picture slideshow detailing how to put one together and basic decorating instructions, pdf file available.



Festive [12]: Includes recipe and construction guidelines. Files available in two different formats: pdf and jpg.

These don’t include pattern pieces but they offer plenty of good tips, techniques and ideas for decorating.


Making A Village [13]: A nice tutorial and great suggestions for decorations:


Lessons Learned, Tips & Recipe [14]: Offers a variety of tips when first getting started including…

Much more available (plus another good article referenced with more tips here [15]).


Getting Creative [16]:

Some nice tips offered along with quick instructions for how to make lovely trees (the picture here is an unfinished version, see the link for completed trees with snow-capped branches).

More suggestions: a fondant snowman, flood icing to make icicles (with #2 piping tip) and lots of glittery goodies made with disco dust.

Another goody to check out: Scandinavian Pepparkakstuga [17].