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DIY Gingerbread House – A Candy Cabin

Hey guys! It’s blogmas day 4! Today we made an amazing gingerbread “house” from scratch. After years of doing the same old box ones from the store, we decided to switch it up and try it ourselves. We made a “ginger bread” house (it’s actually made out of rice krispie treats), a christmas tree out of starlight peppermints, a sleigh, a pond, and more. Making this whole thing took about 4-5 hours (not including the amount of times we had to go back to the store for more materials haha). Here’s how we made it…

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Yesterday we got all the materials; TONS of candy, about 5 tubs of vanilla icing, 5 packets of marshmallows, 6 boxes of rice krispie cereal (two were family sized), and more.

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We got these adorable snowmen and dog!

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We started by making tons of rice krispie treats and flattening them out onto pans. For  the house I cut out how big I wanted the house to be and laid it out on parchment paper. Then I cut smaller pieces for the sides and kept stacking up. I used icing as glue and made sure to keep them pretty compact so it wouldn’t topple over.

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At the end I used a bread knife to clean up the sides.

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For the roof I began by putting a piece of cardboard on top to make sure the roof wouldn’t cave in. I started with a small overhang and every layer I added,  I made the pieces closer together. I’m not really sure exactly how to explain what I did for the roof but I think my picture below does a good job explaining 🙂

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We wanted the house to have cabin feel to it so we used pretzel sticks as logs on the sides of the house.

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After, we iced the top and made it look like icicles were hanging down.

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Next, we drew in windows on the sides. We used milk chocolate bark for the top and added little peppermint squares. Then, we covered the roof with crushed candy canes and coconut flakes. Lastly, we added a cute little gnome Santa!

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All done with the house!

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Our next project was the starlight peppermint christmas tree. We used metal cookie cutters, filled them with starlight peppermints, and put them in the oven for a few minutes.

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We alternated between red and green and stacked them up.

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When we finish we added skittles on the sides and a bow on the top. The end result is so cute!

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We put rice krispie treat sheets out on the table and began covering it with icing.

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Then we added powdered sugar and coconut flakes as snow.

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For the sleigh we took an unwrapped chocolate bar and hot glued two big candy canes on each side. We lined the candy bar with mini candy canes and christmas themed Dots. Next, I filled the sleigh with chocolate gnomes, teddy bears, snowmen, and m&ms. We stuck a big chocolate Santa in front of the sleigh.

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For the pavement we used chocolate melts as side walk and salted caramel chocolate rocks as the road.

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These gingerbread men are adorable.

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For our pond we used light blue rock candy and put some swedish fish in there. We had attempted melting the rock candy but it was a mess so we ditched that idea. Around the pond we put a little peep and some penguins.

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Overall I’m so happy with how this turned out, it was so much fun to do! I think I’m going to make this into a christmas tradition, I’ll have a new theme every year. If any of you guys try this at home make sure to let me know how it turns out! Also feel free to leave any ideas for next years house in the comments!


Hope you enjoyed my diy gingerbread house! If you have any questions or comments leave them down below and if you like these posts make sure to give a thumbs up and follow for more! Happy Holidays❤

xoxo daya

ps: if you have any requests for blog posts for blogmas let me know in the comment section!

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