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Modern Gingerbread House

This post is sponsored by Safeway stores-Safeway, Dominicks, Tom Thumb, Vons, Randalls. Tastier for the holidays!

by Alexis Birkmeyer

I love a good gingerbread house but I thought it would be fun to do do a modern one instead of the old traditional type. Here are instructions how we made this little modern house that any design lover could get excited about. There is a free template below that makes this project super easy. Click through for the full photos and instructions.

Materials Needed: Ingredients for recipes, candy for decoration, this free template, frosting bag and tip,

Step 1: Make your gingerbread dough. We used this recipe and one batch was the perfect amount for this house.
Step 2: Roll the dough out til it is about 18″ x 18″ and 1/4″ thick.
Step 3: Lay out the template pieces on the dough before you begin cutting to make sure you’ll have enough dough. If necessary, roll the dough out just a bit thinner so all the pieces fit.
Step 4: Cut along the lines of the template.
Step 5: Carefully transfer the pieces to two parchment lined baking sheets. Bake according to your recipe and allow to cool.
Step 6: Once your pieces are cool, if they puffed while baking, you can use a serrated knife or a fine grater to straighten the edges.
Step 7: Mix up a recipe of royal icing. Reserve a few tablespoons of icing in a small bowl, and fill a piping bag fitting with a coupler and a small round tip with the rest.
Step 8: Add a spoonful of water to the small bowl of icing and stir to thin. Spoon over the four windows and use a knife to spread to the edges and allow to flow over. Set the windows aside to dry.
Step 9: Prep a surface for your gingerbread house. We used a cutting board wrapped in parchment, but a piece of cardboard would also work. Lay out the walls of your house and mark the spot on the board where you want your house to sit.
Step 10: Starting with a side wall, pipe a line of icing along the bottom edge. Stick the wall down along the line you marked and prop the wall up. (We used spice jars.)
Step 11: Repeat with the next wall and stick into place. On the back side of the joint, pipe another line of icing and smooth onto the inside of the walls. Keep putting up your walls, propping them up as necessary until all six walls are in place. Allow the icing to set for a bit.
Step 12: Pipe a line of icing along the top edges of the walls on one side of the house, and put the roof in place. Repeat on the other side of the house. Allow to set up for a bit longer.
Step 13: Once your windows are dry, switch to a thin round tip and decorate the windows.
Step 14: Use icing to glue the porch, front door and windows to the house.
Step 15: Decorate the house with any more icing details, like christmas lights and a door knob, then decorate with candy, using icing to stick in place.

Photos by Alexis Birkmeyer for Oh Happy Day

  1. Bethany

    December 13, 2012

    That is so cute! I always love looking at gingerbread houses!

  2. Corrie Anne

    December 13, 2012

    So cute. There are a lot of houses in my neighborhood that look like this. I may need to create a bungalow version to look like our house. πŸ™‚

  3. little kitchie

    December 13, 2012

    um, love this! we are doing christmas in santa fe this year, so we are making gingerbread casitas! πŸ™‚

  4. Cheryl

    December 13, 2012

    Wow! What a gorgeous ‘house’! I have a little gingerbread house decorating party coming up that I’ll have to remember this look for πŸ˜‰

  5. Chianne Hood

    December 13, 2012

    I have been looking for a ginger bread house to make since the beginning of December! Thank you so much for posting this, it is exactly what I have been looking for!

  6. Savanah

    December 13, 2012

    Love this!! So very Lars Bang + perfectly matched to our mid century modern aesthetic! πŸ™‚

  7. Kelsey

    December 13, 2012

    So cute! Very stylish gingerbread homes. I just did a post on wrapping presents. Thought you might enjoy it-

    xo Kelsey

  8. Sarah

    December 13, 2012

    pretty cute. i particularly like the use of malt balls, which like like modern sculpture (topiary?).

  9. Et tu, tutu?

    December 13, 2012

    This is such a fun idea! It makes me think of the houses in Edward Scissorhands.


  10. Sharon @ Discovering Blog

    December 13, 2012

    Oh, that’s just adorable!

  11. Evani G

    December 13, 2012

    Lol this is so stinkin cute. Definitely sharing this on twitter!


  12. kate, jetkat photo

    December 13, 2012

    lovely! i was going to do a modern gingerbread house! we have an eichler (home) and thought it’d be great to do an eichler-style house!

  13. Sara @ LiteraryLima

    December 13, 2012

    Oh my goodness, this is brilliant! It looks suspiciously similar to our bungalow! Just needs some dogs and a kitten in the yard. πŸ™‚

  14. deana

    December 13, 2012

    i want to make this! its such a cute twist on the classic gingerbread house :))
    -deana, from birds&oxfords

  15. LollipopMoon

    December 14, 2012

    oh nice and colorful… Great work..!

  16. ach!

    December 14, 2012

    LOVE IT! ach!

  17. Limestone veneer

    December 14, 2012

    I like the β€˜house’! i want to make something like this next holidays. xo
    ~ Herman Swan

  18. foobella designs

    December 14, 2012

    holy moly. This gingerbread house is so cute I want to hug and kiss it.

  19. anna - Today I Like Blog

    December 14, 2012

    so cute Jordan! I’ve seen one gingerbread house at Ikea but yours is much more personalised of course πŸ˜‰

  20. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    December 14, 2012

    I love the way your mind works. My favourite gingerbread house. Ever.

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  21. Isabelle

    December 14, 2012

    Love this! I was just looking for unique ideas for gingerbread houses. I’m definitely going to attempt this!

  22. sharon

    December 15, 2012

    love love love this. nicely done.


    December 16, 2012

    Nice modern touch on a traditional gingerbread house, love the bushes!

  24. Alexandra Evjen

    December 16, 2012

    I’m saving this link for the years to come when my daughter is old enough to make gingerbread houses. This is awesome!

  25. Angela (@angelavteo)

    December 16, 2012

    Love your website!
    Just download the Xtimas Props!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  26. Miriam

    December 17, 2012

    ThatΒ΄s such a gorgeous house. Wednesday my christmas holidays start. May be I try do make this house by myself πŸ™‚

  27. Danielle

    December 17, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your beautifull ideas!! I love your page!!
    I’ll do this gingerbread house with my kids this week.
    greetigns from Peru

  28. Michela

    December 18, 2012

    This is a wonderful idea!! thanks for sharing!

  29. linda Benton

    December 18, 2012

    Frank Lloyd Wright would be proud!

  30. Anna

    December 20, 2012

    Wow! This is so chic! My house is a little more traditional, but maybe next year I’ll try something more modern.

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