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Make a Gingerbread House They Said…

To start our Christmas activities off I thought it would be great fun for us to make a Gingerbread House. I thought it would be a lovely way to kick of festivities and have some fun decorating the house. Unfortunately it was not for us and we ended with a bit of a fail but still I wanted to share it with you as I got some lovely photos and this is definitely one for the memories!

The worst part is that I actually bought a Gingerbread House kit, didn’t even bake the Gingerbread myself so I’m pretty sure that’s the reason it didn’t work (obvs) so maybe next year when I bake it myself it’ll probably work!

Another downfall is the icing I used to stick it together apparently you need to whisk up some concoction with egg whites and vinegar to get yourself some really strong icing glue; all tips for next time!

We got all our sweets, icing and biscuit out and I began to assemble the house; went together pretty easy to begin with if I’m honest and we were ready to start decorating. Amelia started on the roof; dotting the icing into the roof tiles and sticking on a sweet whilst I did some icing on the sides. Amelia was loving sticking on all the sweets and tucking into the icing and chocolates. All of a sudden the entire house slipped apart…no worries pop it back together again. A few minutes later the house fell apart again; this time cracking one of the sides.

So I decided to let Amelia keep decorating the roof whilst I stuck the gingerbread house back together; where one of the sides had cracked it wasn’t in the worst place and did go back together alright so I tried to get one bit of the roof on which worked but it just wouldn’t hold the second side of the roof which was starting to get pretty annoying. It would hold for a few seconds then just start slipping and then it cracked another side this time in a much worse place.

I realised that we had over-decorated our roof a little which mixed with our not sticky enough icing and cracked walls really wasn’t ideal. Amelia had left at this point whilst I was ransacking the kitchen for something just the right height to help hold the roof up. I had sticking hands, icing up my arms and was losing my patience pretty quickly. I tried to rebuild the house so many times and it just kept crumbling and falling apart. I say never again but I will probably try again as I don’t like to be defeated; so until next time Gingerbread house!

It was honestly one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever tried to do and who knew you could lose your sh*t over a Gingerbread house?! Amelia’s face in this photo just totally sums up exactly how I felt at this point! 


Although we didn’t have a finished product it was fun to make and Amelia really liked doing it; a lovely festive activity and the gingerbread house tasted pretty good even if it was eaten from a giant heap! I did manage to get one photo of a the gingerbread house almost complete (minus one side of the roof) and you can see how good it would have looked?!

Have you ever tried to make a Gingerbread House before?

Thanks for reading!xx




  1. Kim Carberry
    6th December 2016 / 12:30 pm

    hehehe! I think your house looks fab!
    I have a couple of Gingerbread House kits to make with my girls….I can imagine writing a post like this soon. lol x

  2. Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot
    6th December 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Ah bless her, that little face!! I’ve never even attempted to try one of these….it would definitely end in tears!! xx

  3. Emily and Indiana
    6th December 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Hahaha this is not giving me hope for ours when we make them (hopefully) this weekend. That picture with Amelia’s grumpy face made me giggle, bless her you tried! xxx

  4. amiecaitlin | findingourfeet
    12th December 2016 / 12:16 pm

    This so made me laugh – Amelia’s face above is hilarious! Just like, “wtf mum. wtf.”
    You need proper royal icing to get it to stick together well and good. And there’s no harm in actually ‘sawing’ some grooves in the gingerbread edges either to create little slots for things to fit in, or at the very least, give it a more gripping edge, give the icing something to cling to.
    The finished product definitely looks the part though! Good luck next year!

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