Use your LEGO bricks to build your own adorable Gingerbread House! We love Christmas building ideas, and this is definitely one of my new favorites, along with our LEGO Nutcracker.
The great part about this project is that kids can customize it with whatever bricks they have. The gingerbread house doesn’t need to be solid brown – make it whatever colors you want! And decorate the roof however you like.
However, I’ll include links to key pieces below if you want your gingerbread house to look like the pictures. It IS a very cute gingerbread house!
I originally built this LEGO gingerbread house a year ago for our newest LEGO book – The Big Book of Amazing LEGO Creations. It’s part of the fairytale chapter, which is my favorite chapter in the book. There are dragons, trolls, a castle, a witches’ lair, and so many more cool projects for building imaginative fairytale scenes.
Plus, the book is full of more than 75 new LEGO building ideas. In addition to the fairytale chapter, there are chapters with vehicles, spy agents, LEGO art, city projects, animals, and more!
To build the gingerbread house, start with a 16 x 16 plate, or use a larger 32 x 32 base plate.
The gingerbread house is just a simple three-sided building. I left the back open to make it easier to play with. The roof is the only tricky part – otherwise it’s just a house!
I chose to make this gingerbread house a bakery store. In the book, it’s the Three Little Pigs Bakery. But for this Christmas version, I decided to make Little Red Riding Hood the shopkeeper.
Put whatever you’d like on the inside of your gingerbread house! Make it a house, or make it a bakery like mine.
Note that the chimney has a notch built in it so that the roof can fit.
When I built the walls of the gingerbread house, I left a gap 1 x 2 studs wide. The gap is one plate deep. This space is where the roof will attach on each side of the house.
The roof is made from two 8 x 8 plates. The color I used is called medium nougat. Decorate the roof with 2 x 2 round tiles inn Christmas colors or any colors you want. You can substitute other tiles and plates to give it the look you want.
Each roof plate has a 1 x 2 hinge brick with a 2 x 2 plate attached to the back. There is also a 2 x 3 brown plate attached to each one. Note the placement of the 2 x 3 plates – this is important!
Attach the roof plates in the 1 x 2 gap on each side.
Then slowly tilt the roof plates toward the center. This is where the 2 x 3 brown plates come in. The plates allow the roof to support itself. Each 2 x 3 brown plate holds up the other side of the roof.
This photo shows the roof completely closed, with the 2 x 3 plates supporting it.
Once you’ve got the gingerbread house built, then you can add candy canes and snowdrifts and other details.
I used a 1 x 1 brown brick with a stud on the side, just to the right of the upper window. This makes it possible to attach a bakery sign.
Here’s how I built the sign. The sign is a 2 x 3 tan plate which we decorated with little cookies from some of Janie’s Disney Princess sets.
On the back side of the sign, there are two 1 x 2 brown plates with a clip on the end that attach the sign to a 1 x 4 antenna, and then a 1 x 2 brown plate in the middle.
You can display your finished gingerbread house! Might be fun to add a light brick inside. Or, you can light it up with a battery battered tea light.
Key Bricks Used:
Here is the Lattice Window Pane I used. Pearl gold is the color in the picture.
The windows are 1 x 4 x 3 White Windows.
Over the door, you will need a 1 x 6 x 2 Arch Brick.
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