How to Draw a Gingerbread House

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“Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”
The Gingerbread Man by Richard Scarry

Gingerbread was first baked in Europe during the tenth or eleventh century.

By the 1400s, bakers were shaping gingerbread into lifelike figurines. These were given as gifts on special events, such as weddings or religious holidays.

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By the 1800s, gingerbread houses were first made in Germany following the publication of a certain fairy tale.

The tradition traveled to the United States with German immigrants. The construction of a gingerbread house then became a cherished Christmas custom.

Gingerbread houses have long appeared in popular culture. A German fairy tale about Hansel and Gretel tells of two children lost in the woods who stumble upon a witch’s cottage. The house is “built of gingerbread, cakes, candy and with window panes of clear sugar.”

In architecture, an embellishment called gingerbread was named after the fancifully decorated gingerbread houses.

Today, businesses often compete to have the biggest or best gingerbread houses.

The world record for the largest gingerbread house goes to a 2,520 square foot cookie in Texas, USA.

The largest gingerbread village was built at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel, housing over 150 gingerbread buildings.

Would you like to draw a tasty gingerbread house? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Christmas Ornaments, Christmas Present, and Gingerbread Man.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Gingerbread House

How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing two slanted lines, forming a triangle shape that is open at the bottom. Notice that one line is longer than the other. This forms the eaves of the house’s roof.

How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 2

2. Draw a slightly wavy line extending from the point of the roof. This line forms the top of the roof. Then, draw a diagonal line downward, forming the opposite eave of the roof.

How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 3

3. Connect the two eaves with a wavy line, fully enclosing the side of the roof. Then, draw another wavy line. Start at the rear eave; follow the edge of the roof, then up one side of the front eave and down the other side. This is icing that holds the gingerbread house together. Doesn’t it also resemble ice and snow clinging to the roof?

How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 4

4. Draw another wavy line. Begin at the front peak of the eaves, and draw the line just below the top of the roof. Double it back upon itself, traveling just above the roof and down one eave. This creates more adhesive icing.

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How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 5

5. Erase the roof lines from within the icing.

How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 6

6. Draw a straight line down from each of the lower corners of the roof. Connect these lines using additional straight lines, enclosing the cube-like shape of the house.

How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 7

7. Draw shapes that are rounded on top and flat on the bottom to indicate the windows and doors. For each of the upper window panes, draw a triangular shape that is curved on one side, and use rounded rectangles for the lower panes. The window panes should be arranged so that a “t” or cross shape is formed in the middle.

How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 8

8. Decorate your house with gumdrop candies. Draw rounded shapes along the side of the house, around the door, and on the roof, erasing guide lines as necessary.

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How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 9

9. Connect the candies on the roof using curved, wavy lines. Draw more gumdrops across the top of the roof, erasing guide lines as necessary. Draw a circle above the door, crossed by wavy lines, to form a peppermint window.

How to Draw Gingerbread House: Step 10

Color your gingerbread house.

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