Gingerbread House Mishaps: My First Gingerbread House

In my 24 years of life, I have never built a gingerbread house.  Well that all changed last night when my husband and I attempted to build one for the first time. We used this gingerbread house kit from Michaels:

Gingerbread House

The kit comes with gumdrops, candies in the shape of Christmas lights, small bead candies, roof siding mold, icing, fondant, the gingerbread house cookies, and instructions.  The box did say that we needed powdered sugar, cornstarch, and granulated sugar, but we never figured out what that was for.

We started off by “gluing” the gingerbread house sides together with icing.  If you’ve never built a gingerbread house before, know that it takes several hours to do this because you have to let the base of the house dry for at least an hour, before putting on the roofs.  Once the roofs are on, you have to wait another 2-3 hours for it to dry before you can decorate.  HEED MY WARNING: I didn’t know we had to wait so long for it to dry, so I tried to cut corners and decorated earlier than I should have.  This resulted in my house falling apart and me having to start over.


Take your time and let the icing set so that you don’t have to start over like I did.

And because I was strapped on time, I went ahead and decorated the house before “gluing” the gingerbread house back together.  Once I had all the house sides together, I propped up stuff to hold it in place overnight.  This worked!  I carefully took away the things propping it up and the house held.

Building this house was a ton of fun.  The mishap was a bit disheartening as I didn’t want to wait several more hours for the icing to dry, but I made it work.  My house is not as decked out as other gingerbread houses, but that’s because we had to use a ton of icing to glue the house together.  I also chose not to use the fondant because it was too hard to mold into anything.  I tried to use the roof mold, but all it did was rip the icing off of my house.  It’s in the garbage now.

But other than that, this was fun! I enjoyed drawing the windows and doors with the icing, and my husband applied the candies.  All in all, this was a good experience.  I definitely recommend if you’ve never built a gingerbread house before!

I’ll see you guys on Tuesday and happy Blogmas!

With love,


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