7 Clever Hacks for Making the Best Gingerbread House

Building a gingerbread house is serious business.
eHow

We've always loved the idea of gingerbread houses. But let's face it: The execution of them can be disastrous. Of course, we love the idea of adding a beautiful gingerbread house to our holiday decor, but just like building a real home, putting together one of these sweet decorations is no small feat! That's why we've compiled seven expert tips to help you avoid a major gingerbread fail this year. Follow these seven tips, and soon your house will look like it was created by one of Santa's own elves. Check them out now:

1. Plan Ahead Because Preparation is Everything!

Cooking with My Kid

Everyone knows the best part of building a gingerbread house is decking it out in all kinds of colorful sweets. When it comes to designing the ultimate pad, you'll want to make sure you have plenty of gumdrops, candy canes, and chocolates on hand. Storing them in a muffin tin is a great way to organize and keep track of all your delicious supplies.

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2. Build It with Graham Crackers

Happiness is Homemade

No time to bake your own cookies? No problem. Graham crackers are easy to cut and sturdy enough to withstand plenty of delicious decorations. We love this blogger's easy pattern for putting your house's foundation together.

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3. Use Caramel as "Glue"

Martha Stewart

Forget the frosting. Melted caramel candies are stickier and harden more quickly than traditional icing. Because it can be tricky to apply, use a paintbrush to gently spread it along the edges of your house. You can even make your own with this recipe from Martha Stewart.

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4. Design The Walls First

My Name is Snickerdoodle

It's easier to draw detailed windows, doors, and other decorations when your walls are lying flat. If you try this, make sure to let your designs dry for a few hours before assembling your house. This will guarantee your artwork doesn't get smudged.

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5. Construct a Cabin Out of Pretzels

The Gingerbread Journal

To create an especially wintry look, use icing to line pretzel sticks in different sizes along the outside of your house. Thin rods make for adorable tiny windows and doors while the big ones create a sturdy chimney and rooftop.

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6. Decorate and Tile the Roof with Cereal

eHow

For a rustic-inspired cottage, tile shredded wheat squares along your gingerbread house's roof. Bonus points for creating a checkerboard pattern with the frosted sides. This design works best with bigger houses that can support the cereal's weight.

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7. Think Outside the Cookie

The Cake Blog

What's a gingerbread house without a sweet front yard? It's easy to make trees out of ice cream cones, grape stems, and peanut butter cups. These sparkly-chic trees from The Cake Blog only use three ingredients!

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