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How to create a basic gingerbread house (with VIDEO)

This gingerbread house was designed by 17-year-old Snider student Larissa Johnson in 2012. While the house may be a little more advanced for the novice gingerbread house designer, the structure and creation incorporate basic house-making skills and homemade gingerbread and icing materials. (Photo courtesy of the Johnson family)
This gingerbread house was designed by 17-year-old Snider student Larissa Johnson in 2012. While the house may be a little more advanced for the novice gingerbread house designer, the structure and creation incorporate basic house-making skills and homemade gingerbread and icing materials. (Photo courtesy of the Johnson family)

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Estimated cost breakdown:

Gingerbread kits: Typically $10 to $20
Decorating kits: About $10
Gingerbread dough: About $2 per cookie mix box
Christmas candy: From $2 to $10 per bag
Total cost for store bought materials: $25 to $50 per house
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Monday, November 25, 2013 12:01 am
How to create a basic gingerbread house:Step 1: Pick your design

Step 2: Cut your house including the walls and roof into cardboard pieces

Step 3: Make your gingerbread cookie dough. Then lay the dough on top of the cardboard pieces and cut into the proper sizes. Depending on your design, it may be easier to lay a piece of foil over the cardboard then place the dough on top to cut. Then you can grab the foil and slide the cutout on to the cookie sheet rather than picking up the soft dough and moving the piece. Also, it suggested to label the foil to ensure that you remember which piece is which.

Step 4: Let the dough sit to harden then start doing the detail work on each piece individually. Make sure to let the decorated gingerbread harden before you start building.

Step 5: When you are done with all the detail designs, start to piece your house together with glue or frosting on some sort of base (cookie sheet, pizza pan, wooden board, ect.). Depending on your design, you can use the cardboard behind the design to keep it sturdy then attached the gingerbread to the cardboard.

Step 6: Once the house is built, begin to add other details, frosting or start designing the base it's sitting on.

Step 7: Enjoy!

If you want to try making your own gingerbread house from scratch, check out this gingerbread dough and homemade icing recipe from The Food Network.

Simply Recipes' also has a great how-to guide, check it out here.If your looking for a personal touch, take a look at the video below from YouTube's India Galyean.



More Information

Estimated cost breakdown:

Gingerbread kits: Typically $10 to $20
Decorating kits: About $10
Gingerbread dough: About $2 per cookie mix box
Christmas candy: From $2 to $10 per bag
Total cost for store bought materials: $25 to $50 per house

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