Wow friends and family this holiday season with beautiful, edible architectural gingerbread wonders. They're classic Christmas decor and fun to create alone or with family. Free patterns give you a basic structure to start with and the rest of the decorating ideas are open to your imagination.
Gingerbread House Building Templates
To use the templates, click on the image for the pattern you choose. From there you can print the template or save it to your computer for later use. If you have any trouble with the documents, check a helpful Adobe troubleshooting guide. Each pattern is scaled for a standard-sized house so you don't need to adjust any size settings unless you want to scale the house bigger or smaller.
When you look at a classic Christmas village you see homes and iconic town buildings. Take inspiration from these villages and create an iconic chapel out of gingerbread. Because you'll be stacking, this pattern falls in the medium skill range. Use candies, icing, and other edibles to decorate your chapel.
Create an indoor, edible garden feeling complete with a little toad house when you use this unique pattern. Like those little garden decorations, this gingerbread toad house features short walls with a flat roof. The simple structure of this pattern is great for beginners. Add a dome to the roof with stacked candies or piled icing for a mushroom-inspired look. Create an entire garden setting when you place the house on a base decorated with candies to look like grass, flowers, and maybe even some little bugs.
If you're ready to defy gravity and challenge your gingerbread house skills, the treehouse pattern is perfect for you. You'll need to build a house and a tree trunk base to set it on. When decorating, consider covering the trunk section with brown icing and little brown jimmies to make it look like bark. Take it a step further and set the entire gingerbread structure on a base decorated with other natural-looking items like icing grass and stacked candy trees.
General Pattern Directions
- Print out the entire pattern; there are several pages with labels. The first page shows you what the final product should look like.
- Cut out each pattern piece along the outermost lines.
- Make or buy gingerbread dough and roll out to your desired thickness.
- Lay the pattern piece on top of the raw dough, keeping near edges when possible to allow for the most pieces from one section of dough.
- Trace around the pattern first or cut the shape out of the dough.
- Follow the directions inside each pattern piece to know how many of that piece you'll need. Combine and roll out dough as needed to complete the project.
- Bake the pieces and allow to cool completely.
- Reference the first page of the printable and the pattern pieces to assemble using icing as glue and decorate.
Not everyone has the time or inclination to create a gingerbread house pattern from scratch. You can purchase a pre-made kit to assemble or check out more free online patterns.
- For a standard house, check out the longhouse shape in the Texas Cooking Gingerbread House Template. Follow the detailed directions on their website for best results.
- Get a classic square with angled roof from the Gingerbread Cottage Gingerbread House Pattern and follow the instructions for building at Taste of Home.
- Tesco offers templates for a castle, train, and bridge among other designs. Each design also comes with directions for baking and assembling; download the PDF and then visit the specific project's webpage for the details.
Look at pictures of gingerbread houses to get decorating ideas for any pattern you select.
Build Your House
Patterns and templates help you create the gingerbread house of your dreams. Make your vision come alive in a unique Christmas decoration to share with friends and family for show or dessert.