Become a master builder: Construct gingerbread houses fit for any holiday display

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To create a warm, homey gingerbread house glow, melt Jolly Ranchers for windows. The largest gingerbread house was made by Roger A. Pelcher at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. on Nov. 22, 2006. It was 60 feet tall at it’s highest point and used 14,250 pounds of gingerbread, according to Guinness World Records. MEAGAN PRUDEN | Scroll Photography

 

The average college student’s cheap way of making gingerbread houses is with graham crackers. One way to add sturdiness to a graham cracker house is to attach the graham crackers to a pint-sized milk carton using frosting, according to www.education.com.

There are many ways to make gingerbread houses, and one is to buy a kit.

Kassidy Stailey, a sophomore studying biology, said she and her family bought kits with pre-made gingerbread to make gingerbread houses last year. She and her family were excited to make these creations, even though they didn’t make their own gingerbread.

If you want to be more elaborate, you can also make a gingerbread house out of sugar cubes, which look like bricks, according to www.marthastewart.com. Jelly beans can line the windows and peppermint sticks may be placed in a row for the roof.

Taryn Tonkinson, a senior studying child development, said she likes to use a sturdy gingerbread, one that is less sweet than a recipe used for cookies.

If a standard gingerbread house isn’t what you want, try different styles.

For example, you could make an A-frame house, which is much easier to assemble, according to www.frogprincepaperie.com. This type of house is made out of four pieces instead of six. Use two pieces for the roof and walls to make a triangular shape and two more pieces on the front and back to close the holes off to make the house.

If a house is too much work, you can make a simple gingerbread house cookie. To do this, cut the rolled-out gingerbread into the shape of a house and decorate the top of it to look like a gingerbread house, according to www.bettycrocker.com.

One way to be creative with your gingerbread house is to decorate a yard for it.

Megan Woolf, a freshman studying art education, said she once made a pond with blue M&Ms for water, gumdrops for rocks and pretzels for cattails.

Kait Bailey, a junior studying English, said she made snowmen with marshmallows and pathways with Skittles.

Adam Doan, a sophomore studying communication, said he used to make gingerbread houses when he was in first grade. He would put gumdrops in the yard and pretend they were lawn gnomes.

Tonkinson said she uses coconut for snow. She said she made a house this year that reminded her of home.

She melted Jolly Ranchers to make the windows and put white Christmas lights in the house to make the translucent windows light . She said she likes the warmth that the glowing windows bring. She likes to turn off the lights in her apartment and admire the house that she made and the warmth that it brings.

There are many reasons why people enjoy this holiday tradition.

Jana Nielson, a sophomore studying elementary education, said she thinks people like to make gingerbread houses because they are embracing their inner kid.

“Who doesn’t like to play with candy?” Nielson said.

Nick Kaiser, a sophomore studying biology, said making gingerbread houses was enjoyable for him growing because he could be creative and make the houses his own way.

Bailey said having the family close together was the important part of making gingerbread houses.

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