5 Gingerbread Houses That'll Blow Your Mind...and Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Here at This Old House, we're big fans of DIY builders. But little did we know that the tools of the trade-band saws, wood rasps, belt sanders, Dremels-could be used to build dessert.

The third annual TOH Gingerbread House contest boasted some of the most impressive masterpieces we've seen to date. Here are the top 5 to get you in the holiday spirit.

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"This gingerbread house stands four feet tall. 40 pounds of gingerbread and 30 pounds of royal icing are used. I guess you could call it a labor of love."

Eduardo M.
Omaha, NE

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"This made entirely from gingerbread. It weighs about 80 pounds and measures 28 inches by 18 inches by 18 inches. It took a little more than two months to build. The houses feature shiplap and individual pastillage shingles. The windows are gelatin sheets, and the inside figures are made of marzipan. The trees are fondant rolled in granola, then covered in royal icing."

Russ R.
Orinda, CA

"My gingerbread house is a creative replica of my own home; it's something I've always dreamed of doing! The house took about two weeks and 80 hours to create. It measures approximately 30 inches long and is 12 inches wide. It's entirely edible, including the sugar-pane windows. You can spy Santa's hat on the top of one of the chimneys! The local lumber yard cut a piece of plywood as the house's platform and the tools I used include an X-Acto knife, interior lighting, and protractors. Each of the rooms of the house has a decorated Christmas tree to add to the holiday glow. Happy holidays!"

Kerry H.
Madison, CT

"Completely edible, this stands over three feet tall with candy mosaics and handmade candy fairies. It's made from 11 batches of gingerbread, 20 batches of icing and pounds of candy and cookies."

Sharon F.
Toomsboro, GA

"This gingerbread house was built for a retirement facility and is a model of their building's front entrance. The landscaping was done mainly in crushed and powdered gingerbread and fondant. The windows panes are linguine."

Annie B.
Raleigh, NC

See all 25 of the TOH Gingerbread Contest Winners at thisoldhouse.com