Sharing the cutest little gingerbread houses placed together to make a tiny gingerbread house village. No baking is required! And it can be done in an hour.
Back in the ’90s there was no Pinterest. There was no Google. There was the library and magazines to inspire.
And there were no cellphones to capture the extraordinary.
Life was simpler back then. We did things just to do them. We didn’t care about follower count or building a brand.
We used our imaginations and creativity just for the fun of it.
We were Martha Stewart-ish and the world didn’t know about it.
There was no way to share it.
You know the popular peg rail that everyone seems to be doing right now?
I installed that in my daughter’s room back in 1997 with a hammer, nails, wood glue, and a drill. I think I have a photo somewhere but no promises.
Unless you were actually Martha Stewart and had a plethora of media outlets and a team of people available to you to share your brand and talents.
The only people who could appreciate our talents were the people who received our gifts or who came over to our homes for a soireé.
Invited of course by mail or doorstep drop-off because we didn’t have Evites.
All this to say, I was thinking about how inspired I used to be by the people around me.
I have taken that inspiration and created a sweet craft you’re sure to love!
What inspired me?
I just think that gingerbread houses are so, so cute!
And I know they can be downright beautiful. I mean B-E-A-utiful.
Have you ever seen a gingerbread house competition?
Where I used to live there was an annual home competition at our local civic center….for gingerbread houses!
No joke, they were some of the most beautiful and creative gingerbread houses I have ever seen.
One of my good friends entered the competition and her gingerbread house was stunning.
She had sugar glass windows made from scratch and the whole thing lit up from the inside. The house was 2 1/2 feet long and 2 feet high. It was magnificent.
Everything about that house was done to perfection and she won the whole competition.
I wish I would have gotten photos of it but this was back in the ’90s. Before cellphones. But trust me, it was spectacular!
It was something like this magnificent Gingerbread Downton Abbey. No joke!
So I recently decided to take that inspiration and create the cutest tiny gingerbread village.
But no baking! Just an afternoon of “sweet” fun.
No, not from scratch. I bought the cutest mini gingerbread house kit that comes with 4 little houses.
What is the easiest way to put together a gingerbread house?
100% get yourself a hot glue gun and glue your house or houses together. This is especially useful if you are doing a gingerbread house decorating party and have to assemble them for kids or friends to decorate.
The kits are meant to be put together with the included frosting. But, in my many attempts over the years to make the frosting method work I have concluded that it takes too long to dry while hot glue is fast giving you an immediate result.
And I like fast!
You will be ready to decorate in minutes if you just use hot glue to assemble.
How long will a gingerbread house last?
You’re supposed to put your gingerbread houses together with frosting, especially if you want to eat it, but we have NEVER eaten our gingerbread houses. Not ever. So I always hot glue them together to save time and sanity.
If you want to eat them you obviously wouldn’t use hot glue on them. You would put them together with frosting.
They are typically edible for a couple of weeks if assembled entirely with frosting. The thought of this sounds so gross to me, how about you?
If you don’t plan to eat them, you can carefully pack them away (I keep mine in a cabinet under my island in my kitchen with my holiday dishes). I have had gingerbread houses last for YEARS! I just use them over and over again as part of my holiday decorating.
For this little decor project, I used this kit.
Supplies you need to make a tiny gingerbread house village:
- Mini gingerbread house kit
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- frosting bottle with included tip for fine details
- Piping bag (optional and you can use tips included with the frosting bottles)
- Artificial snow
- Twinkle lights
- White premade frosting
- Powdered sugar and shaker (to add as optional snow on the houses)
- Small boxes or some small item to lift a couple of the houses and create height. I used empty ribbon spools.
- Faux or real pine branches/sprigs or bottle brush trees
How to Make a Tiny Gingerbread House Village:
- Hot glue your tiny houses together.
- Add the white frosting included with the kit to your frosting bottle.
- Add your designs to your houses. Get creative with shingles, wreaths, doors, scallops, faux icicles, etc. There are design lines on the houses that you can follow, too!
- Spread artificial snow on a plate, marble tray, wooden serving tray, or wherever you will display your houses. I chose a plate from my cabinet to keep all the snow in one place with my cloche on top. I thought it looked pretty like a little snow globe.
- Add houses on top of snow and adjust them at different heights with the small boxes (risers for height) to add interest. You can hide the little “risers” with snow, branches or trees.
- Add pine branches or tiny bottle brush trees.
- Add twinkle lights.
I chose to ditch the candies and colored frosting included with the kit and use only white frosting. I wanted it to be elegant and cohesive, so I eliminated any color.
I put mine on a gold charger, under a glass cloche with faux snow and small bottle brush trees, but you don’t have to do this! You could put them on a shelf, mantle, or a pretty wooden or marble serving tray.
They are so, so cute and look so pretty under the cloche! And I love the little twinkly village at night.
Aren’t they just adorable??
I hope you find inspiration in this adorable tiny gingerbread house village! Or Downton Abbey (wink).