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How to Draw a Gingerbread House

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Welcome to our step-by-step drawing tutorial! We are going to draw a gingerbread house together today.

Gingerbread houses are popular to make during the holiday season. Do you know anything else about them? They have an interesting tradition. It has a long history, but gingerbread became especially popular in Europe when it was sold in holiday markets and shops. Over the years, it emerged as a popular art form in cities across Europe. The actual tradition of decorating gingerbread houses began in Germany in the 1800s and is still thriving to this day.

Now, people make gingerbread houses across the world during the holidays. It’s especially popular for children to decorate them. Have you ever made one?

So, grab some drawing supplies, and let’s get started on this project!

How to Draw a Gingerbread House — Let’s get started!

Preview of Gingerbread House drawing

Materials:

  • a piece of paper
  • a pencil for the guiding lines and sketching
  • an eraser
  • a black sharpie or a pen for the outlines
  • markers or colored pencils for coloring
  • our printable drawing guide (Join my Email List below to get this Tutorial)

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Time needed:

15 minutes.

Step 1 – Draw the roof.

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 1 – Draw the roof.

We are going to start with the roof. Draw two long skinny diagonal rectangles coming together into a point. This is the roofline. Next, draw a scalloped line underneath it. This is the decorative trim of the roof. We want our gingerbread house to look beautiful, so we are going to add lots of detail like this!

Good job!

Step 2 – Draw the walls of the house.

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 2 – Draw the walls of the house.

Now, we need to make the structure of the house. Draw two vertical lines underneath the roof for the walls. They should take up most of the page.

Step 3 – Draw the base of the house.

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 3 – Draw the base of the house.

Let’s continue drawing the perimeter of the house. Below the lines that you just drew, draw a long skinny horizontal rectangle. Make it as wide as the roof. However, leave a small gap between this shape and the walls of the house. We’ll get to this in a few steps. Refer to the photo!

Step 4 – Draw the house’s doors.

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 4 – Draw the house’s doors.

Our house has to have doors! On the front of the house, draw a square. Draw another square inside it to create the doorframe. Divide the inner square into two rectangles, so it looks like two doors. Lastly, draw two small circles for the doorknobs. Good job!

Step 5 – Draw the bushes out front.

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 5 – Draw the bushes out front.

We want to add a little bit of decor around the house. In the gap left in Step 3, draw a squiggly line. Now it should look like bushes on either side of the door. Good job!

Step 6 – Draw the two windows.

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 6 – Draw the two windows.

All houses have windows. Let’s add two to our gingerbread house now! Draw two squares above the door. Divide them into four so that they have window panes. Our house is starting to look like a real home!

Step 7 – Add a bow on the front.

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 7 – Add a bow on the front.

Remember, gingerbread houses are supposed to be festive! Let’s add some to ours now. Centered above the windows, draw a small bow, just like one you might see on a Christmas present. Refer to the photo for the exact shape.

Step 8 – Add decoration to the house!

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 8 – Add decoration to the house!

Let’s add some more festivity to our gingerbread house. Above the bushes, draw two lollypops. They should be filled with swirls. Lastly, add a bow to each. Check out the photo for help.

Step 9 – Draw one last detail to the house.

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 9 – Draw one last detail to the house.

We are almost done. Let’s just add a little bit more decoration. Above the door, draw a scalloped line (similar to the one we drew in the very first step). This creates a nice detail above the door. Great job!

Step 10 – Color in your gingerbread house!

How to Draw a Gingerbread House - Step 10 – Color in your gingerbread house!

Finally, color in your drawing! Of course, gingerbread is normally a reddish brown. However, gingerbread houses are decorated with tons of bright and colorful icing. So, find some colors and have fun with it!

Pin it now, Draw later!

FREE download the Printable drawing guide and coloring page for Gingerbread House

Awesome job. You’re done!

How did you like this holiday-themed tutorial? We have a lot more like this, too, such as an Easter egg, a Christmas tree, and so much more. If you liked this, be sure to share it with the social icons on this page. Browse our site when you’re ready for another project!

See you next time!

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