It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and even though it’s still 70 degrees in Texas, I’m racing as fast as I can in the Christmas spirit. As I get older, I’m constantly looking for ways to capture that enjoyable holiday that I felt as a child. This manifests as decorate every room in the house, bursting with Christmas music in the kitchen and all baking holiday. Just this week, I did chocolate mint mousse, mint popcorn shells, and cinnamon apple muffins. Next? A big batch of Belgian waffles so I can invite friends over for a holiday brunch where we’ll be making a homemade Gingerbread House.
We originally made these waffle houses for Holiday shooting with Target, and I have to say, this change to the classic gingerbread houses might be my new favorite tradition. I grew up with my grandparents decorating a gingerbread house every year and while it was always fun, finding and assembling the house was always a pain. Enter: Homemade Waffle Gingerbread House. Trade gingerbread for waffles, keep the ice and candy, and you have a headache-free holiday activity. Plus, let’s face it, no one Actually eat gingerbread, so you might as well go for something you can actually eat. Waffle Gingerbread Houses are the perfect addition to any holiday brunch because they double as both a meal and an activity. Kids can go crazy with their imaginations, and so can adults because you’re never too old to decorate a gingerbread house. And lucky for you, we’ve tapped our DIY expert, Chanel Dror Tarlo to share her tips for creating the perfect home this season. So heat up some hot chocolate, put on your Christmas PJs and start decorating!
6 Tips to Create Your Own Waffle Homemade Gingerbread House
1. Do as the Belgians do.
Belgian waffles are famous for their soft texture and square shape, making them the perfect structure for building a gingerbread house. We used Good & Collect Frozen Waffles from Target, there are both Original Chocolate and Double Chocolate, making the crafter’s job a little easier and a lot tastier.
Of course, you can also make waffles from scratch if you want to add any of your own toppings.
2. The best things come to those who wait.
You’re also excited to start building your DIY waffle gingerbread house straight from the toaster, letting the waffles cool completely first. Not only will cooled waffles be easier to handle, but the ice will also stick better because it won’t melt.
3. The door is always open.
If you’re planning your waffle house any windows or front doors, cut these out before assembly. It’s much easier to cut waffles when they’re flat than when they’re vertical and attached to each other. Don’t forget to save the portions you cut out (unless you eat them first!). You can use these pieces to create a chimney or other decorative aspects.
4. Timing is everything.
If you’re planning to eat your waffles right away, fresh fruit makes a great garnish. Use raspberries as festive bulbs, or bananas to create trees. If you want to show off your waffle gingerbread house all season, choose a traditional gingerbread candy that has stood the test of time.
5. The only rule is, there are no rules.
Whether a minimalist or a maximalist, this is a great activity for DIY lovers of all ages. From a sparsely dotted topping approach to a “more” approach, you’ll be amazed how well everything works!
6. Let it snow.
Once the candy and chocolate coating is complete, a final layer of powdered sugar will bring your holiday creation to its full “White Christmas” state.