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Spring gingerbread house ideas

Whether you’re suffering from cabin fever or spring fever, bake your way out of your winter shell with this fun spring gingerbread house. Just print out the gingerbread house patterns and step-by-step instructions and recipes, gather some ingredients and colorful candies and enlist the kids to help. When you’re done you’ll have a beautiful (and edible!) table decoration your whole family will love.

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  • Roll out the dough onto a sheet of parchment paper. Using the patterns provided above, cut out panels with a pizza cutter or sharp knife.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: roll and cut
  • Transfer the parchment paper to the baking sheets. Bake dough and let cool.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: transfer and bake
  • Pipe a thick line of Royal Icing along the bottom and side of the front panel, and along the bottom (long end) of one side panel.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: pipe icing
  • Press the front and side panels together down on the base. Hold in place for a few minutes until the icing is partially set.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: construct front and side
  • Repeat with the other side panel and back piece.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: construct side and back
  • For the roof, pipe icing all along the top edges of front, back and two sides.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: add piping to roof
  • Place both roof panels on the structure at the same time, making sure the top edges of the roof panels are touching.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: construct roof
  • Hold the roof panels in place for a few minutes to set.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: allow roof to set
  • Use icing to “glue” pieces of candy to the house, beginning with the roof.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: add icing
  • Apply candies to both sides of the roof.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: add candy
  • Pipe a thick line of icing along the roof seam…
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: ice roof seam
  • …and top with a row of candy.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: top roof with candy
  • Continue adding candy embellishments to the front and back panels…
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: add candy to house panels
  • …and don’t forget the sides!
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: add candy to side panels
  • Cover base around house with edible grass or green-tinted icing or coconut.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: cover base
  • You can use a frosted cookie as the final decoration…
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: add cookie decorations
  • …and enjoy the rest (you’ve earned it)!
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: cookie decorations
  • Home tweet home!
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: Home Tweet Home spring gingerbread birdhouse
  • Now let your creativity take flight! Which one will you make?
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: spring gingerbread birdhouse ideas
  • Easy: Candy-covered (and kid-friendly).
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: easy spring gingerbread birdhouse
  • Intermediate: Add some panache with colored piping.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: intermediate spring gingerbread birdhouse
  • Advanced: Bring on the bling with extra embellishments and pretty piping.
    Gingerbread house ideas & step-by-step: advanced spring gingerbread birdhouse

By day Bernard helps to run Hallmark's Photo, Video, and Sound studios - by night (and many weekends) he is a passionate hobby baker. He creates cookies inspired by his favorite greeting cards on the Hallmark & Community series "Cookies & Cards."