Gluten Free Alternatives to Making a Gingerbread House

Just when you thought you had this whole Gluten Free thing down, WHAM! Here come the holidays, and with them, all the traditions you’ve done every year without fail. Like decorating a gingerbread house. Great. If you’re the gluten free person in your house, you have to stress about the crumbs getting everywhere. If your kid is gluten free, making a gingerbread house that he can’t eat will definitely get you kicked off Santa’s nice list.
This is the year to start some new traditions!! Here are some of the things we do at our place, and a few ideas I’ve found on Pinterest that look like a lot of fun. Gluten Free Christmas Fun!! Here are some gluten free alternatives to decorating a gingerbread house.
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Gluten Free Alternatives to Making a Gingerbread House

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Sock Snowmen:

We made these this year and they turned out so well! Super cute! Way better than my usual DIY Pinterest experiments. My four year old and I made two of them, she gave one to her friend next door, and she carries the other one around everywhere.
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shivery snow paint from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Snow Paint:

I might do this one with my neighbor and her son. We were looking at this one today over coffee and marshmallow squares. I might head up to the dollar store tonight and grab the materials for it. So cool, the paint dries puffy and glittery and looks just like snow. You’ll need school glue for this. I’m not sure about all types of school glue, but Elmer’s brand is gluten free.
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Ornaments from Crayola Air Dry Clay:

Instead of using the flour based salt dough, or the bread dough that my mom used to make, this year we used Crayola Air Dry Clay. They made great hard ornaments, no baking required. We made a ton of ornaments (and other creations) one day, set them aside to dry on parchment paper and then painted them the next day. If you make these, be sure to poke a little hole for the hanger in the top before they dry!
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cardboard gingerbread house from inner child fun

Life Sized Gingerbread House:

This would be fun to do if you had big boxes from packaged Christmas gifts, or if you were the cool kind of mom who would go and buy big boxes just for the occasion. I’m not that kind of mom. But we’d love to come over and play in your life sized gingerbread house!
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marshmallow snowmen from the crafty crow

Marshmallow Snowmen:

This craft is totally my speed. The materials are easy to find, it looks easy to make and after you’re done, you get to eat it! That’s a double benefit! You get to eat something, AND you don’t have to keep it forever!
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snowman soup from Creations by Jessica Lynn

Snowman Soup:

How cute is this! It would be fun to make your own snowman soup while packaging these up as gifts for your friends. Make sure you check the labels on anything edible.
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Decorate your own stocking – Gluten Free Alternatives to Building a Gingerbread House. Start a new family tradition!

Decorate Stockings:

This is our major family tradition. Because we move almost every year and need to fit all of our possessions in the back of our SUV, it doesn’t make sense to keep things like Christmas stockings. So every year we buy the $1 stocking from Walmart and decorate them about a week before Christmas. Our materials vary, but we usually use fabric markers, glitter and felt. I’ve found that using craft glue and glitter works much better than glitter glue. Glitter glue never seems to dry properly.

Do you have a favorite tradition?

Did you make Gingerbread Houses before you went gluten free? Do you have another holiday tradition? I’d love to read about it in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Gluten Free Alternatives to Making a Gingerbread House

  1. I love these ideas, Jodi! The “gingerbread” in those kits always sort of tastes like cardboard, anyway, so it’s a good substitute. 😛

    • Haha! Thanks Molly! I totally agree, still, that didn’t keep me from eating the whole house the week after New Years. :) yum stale cookie and super hard gum drops.

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