This DIY complete Gingerbread House Kit is super fun to put together! It includes a free printable bag topper with instructions, decorations and gingerbread house ideas! With the kit you can build two graham cracker gingerbread houses. And it includes everything that you need to decorate the gingerbread houses, too!
Who will you give your Gingerbread House Kits to? My husband and I sell real estate, so originally I designed these to give out to our clients at Christmas time. But I think they would work well for others, too. Whether you know people with young kids, want to mail them to nieces and nephews, or if you have your own business, non-profit or ministry. I think they would fit very well for daycares and children’s ministries.
Below, you’ll see that I designed the printable bag topper so that you could personalize it at the bottom. You can add your info there or just cut it off, but we’ll get to that in a little bit! First, here is what we put inside each gingerbread house kit with decorations.
DIY Gingerbread House Kit: What’s Inside
With each gingerbread house kit you have everything that you need to make two complete gingerbread houses! Of course, these houses are made out of graham crackers, but no child cares! They assemble super quickly and then you can get to the fun part: DECORATING!!
Each Gingerbread House Kit includes:
- – One package of graham crackers
- – A package of frosting
- – Candy to decorate with
- – Bag topper with instructions & Gingerbread House Ideas
The backside of the printable topper includes instructions for building the gingerbread houses out of the graham crackers.
Each house requires four graham crackers to make. This is what they look like when constructed:
For the frosting (or icing) we divided a container of vanilla frosting into four baggies and tied it with a string at the top. When the recipient is ready to use it they can simply cut the tip off of the baggie and use it like a piping bag.
So once you have the graham crackers and the frosting, then you can add the Gingerbread House decorations.
As for the candy, this is the fun part! You can put ANYTHING in the gingerbread house kit that you think will be fun to decorate with. We particularly liked these candy decorations:
- – Dots/Gumdrops/Spice drops
- – Peppermint candies
- – Sixlets
- – Sprees
- – Red Licorice
- – Candy Canes
- – Mini Starbursts
- – Gummy Bears
COST TO MAKE THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE KITS:
Of course it depends what you put in your kit, but I think they can easily be made for under $2 a piece. I found the cheapest place to buy the graham crackers to be Aldi. Most of the candy was purchased from Walmart and Dollar Tree. And, if you don’t mind putting loose candy in the bags, that is the least expensive route. If you want to have everything pre-packaged that gets a little more expensive.
Overall, they were very affordable!
DIY Gingerbread House Ideas:
Here are a few Gingerbread House Ideas that we came up with. They were really fun to make! Don’t be afraid to be a little excessive ;) these gingerbread houses aren’t huge, but they can hold a lot of decorations!
Gingerbread Houses make a GREAT centerpiece, too!
We put our gingerbread houses on a cake stand and they made a super fun, colorful centerpiece! They seem to hold up really well over time, too (as long as little fingers don’t get to them!). I made my first “test” set three weeks ago and they still look great.
Gingerbread House Party Ideas:
You can use this same idea to host your own Gingerbread House Making Party! We made gingerbread houses for our daughter’s 8th birthday this past week and everyone had a GREAT time.
Of course the kids took a slightly less calculated and balanced approach with their gingerbread houses, but had SO much fun making them! We paired the younger kids with adults and it worked out great.
Free Printable Gingerbread House Kit Topper with Ideas & Instructions:
Here is the free printable topper for the gingerbread house kits. You’ll see that the back has instructions for building the graham cracker gingerbread houses and a few decorating ideas. I would recommend printing them on a heavier cardstock style paper if you’re able. There’s also a space at the bottom to personalize the printable topper. You could add your business (like a daycare or we used our real estate office, or children’s ministry or anything else!):
Click on the button to print or save the Gingerbread House Kit Bag Topper:
We hope you have fun making your Gingerbread House Kits, we did! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
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