There are many different ways of making a gingerbread house, and you can find lovely patterns on the Internet to download. But from the smallest log cabin to the biggest walk-in house, you need to consider the following:

-The space you have available for a house to be displayed for 3-4 weeks or more.
-The time you have available for making the house.
-The money you can afford to spend on your creation.

The patterns you can download from this page are for the house I made in 2002, and if you are completely new to baking gingerbread houses I suggest you make a basic 4 wall house with a roof as your first project. The middle part of my design is a stand-alone house and can be used without cutting out for windows. Instead you can use icing sugar to draw windows and door. This will make a very stable, easy made first time house.

Pattern files:
For easy download, click the above, it contains the whole pattern, 8 pages. Alternatively, download each page by clicking the links below, one by one and save the pages to your computer. You will need Acrobat Reader to open the pages, you can install the latest version of Acrobat Reader free from Adobe’s website.


Print out all the files, you will now have 8 A4 sheets of pattern. For best result, either print on thick paper, 170gms for example, or glue the sheets to cardboard to make a sturdier pattern. You can also print on plastic acetate sheets which makes long lasting pattern you can wipe after use. Cut out all the pieces and cut out openings for windows and door if you want them.