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12 Gingerbread House-Inspired Projects & Party Ideas!

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Gingerbread houses are a time-honored tradition during the holidays — but they don’t have to be something you eat. Instead, you can use gingerbread houses as a theme for your holiday decor. These brilliant decorators and crafters have taken new approaches to the familiar brown gingerbread with white icing — using a variety of materials. Take a look — you’re sure to find some inspiration for your holiday season! Check out all of these fun Gingerbread Projects after the jump.


  • Felt Gingerbread House Ornament 1 of 12
    Felt Gingerbread House Ornament
    This felt gingerbread house ornament is easy to make and super cute. Customize each one you make for a theme tree or cute neighbor gifts.
    Learn how at Sew Mama Sew
  • Felt Gingerbread House and Trees 2 of 12
    Felt Gingerbread House and Trees
    I don't know which I like better -- the awesome felt gingerbread house or those adorable trees. I love the mix of evergreen and snow-covered trees.
    Learn how at Betz White
  • Perching Gingerbread House Mug 3 of 12
    Perching Gingerbread House Mug
    This makes a cute gift for anyone, especially those "who already have everything." Give a gift set of a cute mug, hot chocolate, and this cute gingerbread house, perched on the rim of the mug.
    Learn how at Not Martha
  • Gingerbread Ornament Patterns 4 of 12
    Gingerbread Ornament Patterns
    Try these patterns for some cute gingerbread ornaments. They're easy with the patterns pre-made.
    Learn how at Betz White
  • Felt Gingerbread House 5 of 12
    Felt Gingerbread House
    Look at this cute felt gingerbread house. The snow-covered roof and embellishments make it stand out.
    Learn how at Craft Ideas
  • Gingerbread House in a Jar 6 of 12
    Gingerbread House in a Jar
    This whimsical gingerbread house in a jar -- like a ship in a jar, but more wintry -- makes a great centerpiece, a fun element of a table- or mantle-scape.
    Learn how at Katherine Maries
  • Kid-Sized Gingerbread House 7 of 12
    Kid-Sized Gingerbread House
    Put that giant shipping box to good use and make a kid-sized gingerbread house. No fair using it for "Mom's quiet time."
    Learn how at Come Together Kids
  • Gingerbread House Party 8 of 12
    Gingerbread House Party
    Check out this adorable gingerbread house-themed invitation -- you'll want to try making your own as soon as you read it!
    Learn how at Once Charming Party
  • Gingerbread House Pops 9 of 12
    Gingerbread House Pops
    Try a new twist on the gingerbread house with this "pop" approach -- use as standalone gifts or embellish your gifts and decorations with them. They look nice in sets with minor variations.
    Learn how at Flickr: Gigi & Big Red
  • Paper Gingerbread House 10 of 12
    Paper Gingerbread House
    Let's face it -- gingerbread's hard to work with. This super-cute paper gingerbread house will actually stand up ... and looks fantastic.
    Learn how at Maria's Stamping Station
  • Gingerbread House Invitation 11 of 12
    Gingerbread House Invitation
    Invite neighbors, friends and family to your holiday get-together with this fun, themed invitation.
    Learn how at Celebrating Christmas
  • Gingerbread Playdate 12 of 12
    Gingerbread Playdate
    Have a get-together for the little ones with this cute, themed gingerbread playdate. Fun for old and young!
    Learn how at Savvy Moms' Guide

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