This holiday craft is so easy!
Making gingerbread houses is such an iconic Christmas tradition in so many homes during the holidays. Today I’m showing you how to make faux gingerbread houses that can be re-used year after year!
If you’re a fan of thrift stores or antique markets, you’ve probably seen the ceramic houses from the popular Christmas Villages. Many times, they can be picked up for just a few dollars. With just a coat of spray paint and a glue gun, you can have an entire village of faux Gingerbread houses in different sizes and shapes.
This is such an easy craft and these faux gingerbread houses look just like the real thing!
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Here’s the supply list you’ll need:
- Rust-oleum Spray Paint in color Warm Caramel
- Ceramic Houses
- Glue Gun
- White Glue Sticks
- Twinkly Lights
The first step is to simply spray paint the houses with a couple of coats of the Warm Caramel spray paint.
Let the paint dry thoroughly, and then using your glue gun with the white glue sticks, add the “frosting”!
Using the white glue, you can create “snow”, add roof lines, highlight windows, and decorate all the areas just as you would with icing a real gingerbread house! Of course, you could also add faux gumdrops for a pop of color!
One of the houses that I purchased was a church with a steeple. It actually came with it’s own light that, once plugged in, lights up the inside of the church.
For the two smaller houses, I simply added a string of battery operated twinkly lights on the inside to create light in the windows.
I adore the way my faux gingerbread houses look! I would love to create a large village with multiple gingerbread houses, so I’m on the hunt for more.
If you want to create a real showstopper, try using a Victorian dollhouse for a large gingerbread house!
The tradition of gingerbread houses can be traced back to Germany during the 16th century, where it became popular during the holiday season, particularly around Christmas.
The elaborate gingerbread houses, known as “Lebkuchenhaus” were inspired by the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, which was popularized by the Brothers Grimm.
Over time, they became a beloved symbol of the festive season in many parts of the world. The tradition involves creating elaborate houses and other structures using gingerbread, icing, and an assortment of candies and confections.
Today, gingerbread houses are not only a delightful treat but also a cherished holiday tradition for many families.
Unlike real gingerbread houses, our faux version will last for decades instead of a few days or weeks!
I displayed my little gingerbread village on the sideboard in the living room. I didn’t have any evergreen and didn’t really want to buy any for this project, so instead of evergreen, I used a faux seeded eucalyptus garland that I already had on hand, and then added my collection of bottle brush trees.
My little gingerbread village looks so cute at night when the petite houses are all lit up! I’m a little bit obsessed with them and can’t wait to add more houses to the village!
Do you make gingerbread houses as part of your holiday traditions? What do you think of our faux version?