Judging by your Pinterest board, you’ll undoubtedly agree: Gingerbread houses are the ultimate holiday eye candy, as well as a sneaky way to use up any leftover Halloween candy — make more candy to use up candy? #holidaylogic. These 13 gingerbread houses are so charming, you’ll want them to last all season long. And unlike the collapsed messes from your childhood architectural attempts, they are also fairly doable with a little patience. So pile on the icing snow, stock up on your favorite candy and get ready for some sticky fingers.
2. Iced Lace: Lose the candy altogether and pull out your icing bag. With a steady hand, you can have a lot of fun making swirls and delicate lacy patterns all over the little houses. (via Tablier Tache)
4. Rustic Pretzel Cabin: Go the extra step and make your house into a cabin by covering it in pretzels. Rather than icing to glue the house together, melted caramel works like a version of tasty hot glue. Just watch your fingers. (via Vivalinka)
6. Graham Cracker Houses: If you don’t have time to make gingerbread or you want something a little easier for kids to work with, try making mini houses out of graham crackers. They already come in perfectly square building sheets. (via Sweet Phi)
7. Pastel Pieces: The vast variety of candy available means you can have any color palette you want, including pastels. Playful macaron trees give a wonderland feeling to this cool blue landscape. (via Cookie Connection)
10. Gingerbread Centerpiece: Roll a piece of craft paper down the center of your table and build your gingerbread village on top of that. Powdered sugar snow and a few tea light candles make this a magical display for a winter party or even a wedding. (via Snippet and Ink)
13. Icing-cles: If any of you know how to get those perfect icing icicles, you are officially the master of gingerbread and deserve a medal. Building your house on a cake stand is a great way to make sure it doesn’t get destroyed if you need to move it. (via Tikkido)
Do you make gingerbread houses during the holidays? We’d love to see pictures! Show us your creations using the hashtag #britstagram.