You might recall that last year I was swept up in the Pinterest graham cracker gingerbread house frenzy and made my first house ever. It was a solid first attempt, but I realized afterwards that given my inclination for more modern design, I could probably create something more interesting in future iterations. Fast forward a year and here we are, smack in the middle of the 2015 holiday season. A close friend and her children came to spend the weekend with us and we decided to make gingerbread houses with the kids. Real ones, with legit gingerbread and a modern twist.
We made a larger one for the kids to decorate and then I made a smaller one with crazier angles that I could tinker with. The larger house was just a design I rough-sketched just before cutting and shaping, with basic straight sides and a sloping roof. The kids were quite enthusiastic in the decoration so it’s hard to see some of my painstaking attention to architectural details, but that’s part of the fun, right? I think my favorite detail might just be the open door or the clerestory windows…
The small one was my gingerbread tiny house, modeled after one of the tiny homes I profiled earlier in the year. The angled walls were easier to build than I expected and all in all it wasn’t too much trouble (and quite a bit of fun!).
The incredibly delicious aroma of gingerbread has lingered in our home ever since. When I arrive home in the evening and open the front door it’s the best.
Are you making a gingerbread house this year? Ever tried a modern one? I’d love to hear about it below in the comments.
p.s. I’m happy to post the recipe for the gingerbread and the dimensions/templates for the houses if you’d like, just ask.