What could be better than a gingerbread house? How about an entire rainbow gingerbread village?! Get tips, tricks, and tons of decorating inspo to make an AMAZING gingerbread house this year!

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 Creative Gingerbread House Ideas

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic gingerbread house. There is something sweetly festive and cozy about the simple act of combining slabs of gingerbread and decorating them with royal icing and seasonal candies.

But if you’re ready to move beyond the typical gingerbread house decorations and try something new, you’ve got to try this rainbow gingerbread house village! I’ve teamed up with to bring you this modern twist on the traditional gingerbread house.

Read on to find all of the how-tos, decorating details, supplies, and style inspiration you’ll need to get started!

A group of mini gingerbread houses, decorated with a rainbow color scheme

Gingerbread House Supplies

To make this eye-popping rainbow gingerbread village, I used two Wilton . These kits come with everything you’ll need to make and decorating four darling mini houses. In each box, you get:

  • Four gingerbread panels, to yield four houses. The panels are pre-scored for easy cutting.
  • Cardboard bases to set the houses on
  • Red and white royal icing, ready to use
  • Two piping bags and piping tips
  • Green fondant, ready to use
  • Assorted candies: gumdrops, colored pearls, and Christmas light sprinkles

Baking the gingerbread houses and assembling the supplies is the most time-consuming (and least rewarding!) part of the gingerbread house process, so it’s awesome that this kit lets you get right to the good stuff–the decorating!

Overhead shot showing the ingredients for making gingerbread houses, including gingerbread, sprinkles, and royal icing

Of course, making a whole rainbow village requires a lot of different colors, so I also supplemented with additional Wilton sprinkles (and some fun royal icing decorations!) to support the rainbow theme. You’ll find a full list of supplies with links at the bottom of the post, and feel free to ask questions in the comments if you’re not sure where to find something!

Process shot showing cutting apart the gingerbread house pieces

Cutting Out the Gingerbread House

The first step is to assemble the houses, so start by cutting apart the gingerbread panels on the pre-scored lines. You can use a sharp knife to do this, but I would actually recommend a razor if you have one—it’ll give you the most precise, clean cuts.  

Once cut, check to be sure that the matching pieces from each house are the same size (all roof panels line up, etc). Trim any pieces necessary. If you accidentally break anything, the pieces can be glued together with royal icing during the assembly process, then covered with decorations.

I wanted to put LED tea lights inside the houses, so when I was cutting the panels I cut out most of the windows as well, to let the light shine through. This is optional, and if you’re not adding lights you can leave them intact to act as a guide when decorating your houses.

Gingerbread House Tip

To easily cut the small windows out of the sturdy gingerbread, try this trick: place a gingerbread wall on a plate, cover it with a damp paper towel, and microwave for 15 seconds. Adding moist heat makes the gingerbread more pliable temporarily, and it’s much easier to remove the small windows without breaking the gingerbread wall.

Process shot showing piecing together the gingerbread houses and gluing them with royal icing

Putting the Gingerbread House Together

Assembly time! Use the provided royal icing to glue the house pieces together. Don’t worry if they’re not perfectly lined up, or if there is icing visible on the outside—the candy decorations will hide a lot of sins! If the royal icing is too stiff to easily work with, you can add a bit of water and stir well to loosen it up. Don’t add much, because you will still want a stiff texture for decorating.

Royal Icing Tip

Whenever you’re not using the icing, make sure that the bag is tightly closed so it doesn’t start to dry out. I like to wrap a bit of damp paper towel around the tip of my piping bag so the tip doesn’t get dry and clogged too.

Process shot showing the placement of Christmas light sprinkles on a gingerbread house

Decorating the Gingerbread Houses to Perfection

Let the houses sit for at least an hour, to be sure the icing is hard and the houses are stable, and then start decorating! The icing will start to set after only a few minutes, so it’s best to work in small sections and only pipe a bit at a time.

You can use the icing like glue to affix sprinkles, sparkling sugar, candy pearls, and royal icing decorations, and you can also use it on its own to pipe flourishes, patterns, and borders.

Once your decorations are added, let the house sit undisturbed for a few hours, to be sure everything is completely set. And voila—you’ve made a gingerbread house!

Blue-themed A-frame gingerbread house, with royal icing snowflakes and a royal icing penguin peeking out from inside

Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas

Now that the basics are out of the way, here’s the fun part—style inspo and close-up pics! I wanted to give you lots of options and ideas, so each house is decorated differently, and each has a few fun and unique touches. Hopefully these will inspire you and spark some creative ideas of your own!

Overhead view of all of the mini gingerbread houses, showing their different roof designs

The roofs were probably my favorite part to decorate, and it was fun brainstorming unique ideas for each of them. Which one is your favorite?

Red-themed gingerbread house, with a red royal icing bow and a royal icing Santa upside-down on the roof

The red farmhouse has a barn-inspired front door, a royal icing bow on the front, and Santa going down the chimney! Santa is from this

Orange-themed gingerbread house, with orange royal icing flowers on the front

The orange house features a gumdrop chimney and royal icing .

Yellow-themed gingerbread A- frame house, with a royal icing elf peeking out from inside

The A-frame houses (blue and yellow) couldn’t fit a tea light inside, so instead, they got some fun friends peeking out! This yellow house is hiding a sweet little elf from the

Pink-themed gingerbread house, with pink roof shingles and pink sprinkles

The pink house has one of my favorite roofs, made from overlapping large round sprinkles. Like all the other houses, it’s on a cardboard base with coordinating jimmies on it. I used the for all of the bases, and it worked perfectly! Just spread a very thin layer of royal icing on the board, and lightly pressed the sprinkles down on top to affix them.  

Purple-themed gingerbread house, with purple metallic decorations

To cover a wall of your gingerbread house with sparkling sugar, like you see on the purple house, spread a very thin layer of royal icing on it. The thinner the better, since you don’t want any white color to show through.

Then hold the house over a bowl, and pour Wilton sparkling sugar on the wet icing. Really douse it, so every bit is covered, and let the extra sugar fall into the bowl. Then tap off any excess sugar that doesn’t stick to the icing, and you’re done—you have a beautiful, sparkling wall or roof!

Close-up of green themed gingerbread house, with royal icing trees and wreath

The green house might just be my favorite of them all. It’s so sweet and simple, it just FEELS cozy, you know? (And the flickering tea light shining from inside doesn’t hurt, either!) The royal icing wreath, tree, and presents are all from the Wilton Gingerbread Icing Decorations Kit, and I think they add the perfect finishing touch!

Ready to make your own rainbow gingerbread house village? I hope so! You can visit the to get all the supplies you need, as well as see tons of other decorating ideas as well.

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  1. They are all so darling! The perfect fun project for the kids and I! I love the prefab house pieces! Can’t wait to try it, although I doubt ours will be as pretty!

    1. Hey Beth, you guys will have amazing houses. These kits are so fun! I would love to hear how it goes for you! Thank you!

  2. This is so creative and cute. The kids would love to work on it. I would love to place it as my crib setup too. Beautiful.

    1. Hey Toni, I am so glad to hear it! These kits really do make it so fun, I would love to hear how it goes once you guys give it a try! Thank you!