Everything You Need to Build the Perfect Gingerbread House

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Making a gingerbread house is a fun holiday tradition that gets the whole family in the festive mood -- and it's one of the few Christmas decorations you can actually eat!

Whether you're baking the gingerbread cookie dough from scratch or using graham crackers, there are a few essentials you need to make the perfect one. ET Style has gathered must-have items for building and decorating an adorable gingerbread house, such as icing, baking sheet and, of course, candy.

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Candy cane is an essential for decorating a gingerbread house.


Make frosting decoration easy with this piping bag kit that also comes with piping bag couplers, tips and ties.

Fox Run

If you're making your own gingerbread dough, be sure to have a good cookie cutter set for precise shapes. You can build a whole gingerbread village with this set. 

Sur La Table

This aluminized steel baking sheet also comes with a cooling rack.

Dylan's Candy Bar
Dylan's Candy Bar Signature Tackle Box
Dylan's Candy Bar
Dylan's Candy Bar

An assorted candy mix from Dylan's Candy Bar that includes gumdrops, gummies, chocolates and more.

Williams Sonoma
Williams Sonoma Gingerbread House Kit
Williams Sonoma
Williams Sonoma

If you want to keep things easy and simple, get a gingerbread house kit that comes with all the essentials ready to assemble: pre-baked gingerbread pieces, tray, icings and decorations. 

Wilton Red Cookie Icing

For creating patterns and designs, royal icing made for cookies is best because it hardens as it dries. This bottle tip makes it easy to control for a detailed result. 


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