Gingerbread House Template: DIY Camper Gingerbread House + Recipe

DIY Gingerbread House Template — Nothing says “happy holidays!” like a DIY gingerbread house, and this DIY camper trailer version is a really fun take on them!

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

Sometimes I get crazy ideas of projects I want to do but they’re almost impossible to make based on time (or extreme details I usually don’t have the patience for).

This DIY gingerbread camper and recipe that I’ve had stuck in my head since last Christmas!

Luckily, our friend Monica is literally a detail-oriented genius (we’re totally friending up!), and has swooped in to help save the day with this gingerbread house template. 

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

If I had tried to make this camper on my own, it would have looked like a glorified cardboard box, because Lord knows I’m not one to figure out how to bend gingerbread for curved edges, or edible windows you can still see through.

Her expertise has us covered, and we’re sharing all of the how-to details and templates!

Seriously, talk about winning the coolest gingerbread creation on the block…

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

Gingerbread House Recipe Ingredients

There are several different type of gingerbread house recipes out there for gingerbread houses. Having a solid construction grade gingerbread recipe is really important to make sure that the cookie isn’t too soft to hold it’s shape. 

This particular recipe is very durable and meant more for building than eating, but it’s totally still edible!

  • Honey — 1/2 cup 
  • Granulated sugar — 1.5 cups 
  • Eggs — 3 
  • All-purpose flour + more for flouring surface — 5 cups
  • Cinnamon — 1.5 teaspoon
  • Ground Cloves — 1.5 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg — 1.5 teaspoon
  • Ground Ginger —  1 tablespoon 

How To Make A Construction Grade Gingerbread Recipe

Cream eggs and sugar together in a stand mixer with a dough hook rather than the paddle attachment, then add honey and spices. Mix in flour and other dry ingredients, 1 cup at a time until mixed. Note that the dough will be very stiff. 

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.

Lightly wipe down the counter with a wet paper towel and place a large piece of foil on top (the water helps it stay put).

Flour your working surface and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to 1/8” thick on the foil or parchment paper.

Place your printed template on the gingerbread dough and cut with a pizza cutter. Be sure to cut out all the windows and doors, too!

Transfer the foil to a baking sheet and bake the sides of the house pieces first and let them cool. Bake at 325 for 15 – 20 minutes for side pieces (until golden brown).

For the edge pieces that you will curve, bake for 8-9 minutes until they’re just starting to darken.

For the edge pieces, you’ll need to work quickly while the pieces are still warm and bend to create the curve of the camper before fully cooled.

Let all pieces cool to room temperature before gluing them together with royal icing. Let the royal icing harden for 4-5 hours before decorating.

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

Download & Print DIY Camper Gingerbread House Template

When it comes to cutting out the shapes from your construction grade gingerbread recipe, you’ll want to make sure you have the templates. 

Below are the free printables for the gingerbread house template, but be sure to print them to scale. 

When assembling the pieces, make sure to ice the sides of your gingerbread camper BEFORE you assemble them for flooding the icing on an easier flat surface.

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

How to Assemble the DIY Camper Gingerbread House Windows

The trickiest part of this gingerbread house is assembling the edible candy windows. To create edible gingerbread house windows, you’ll need crushed butterscotch hard candy. 

When you’re using the gingerbread house template, cut out windows and doors before baking gingerbread dough. Then bake the pieces per the instructions above.

Once cooled, place the pieces needing “glass” on foil on a baking sheet. Fill with crushed butterscotch candy and bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, until candy has melted.

Let them cool thoroughly, overnight is best, before removing from baking sheet/foil. Voila, you have edible windows!

To make the windows illuminate, we used small battery operated twinkle lights to sit inside the camper.

 

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

Thick Royal Icing Recipe for Building Gingerbread House

For this gingerbread house template, we used two different types of icing. A thick royal icing for building/gluing the pieces together, and a thinner royal icing for “flooding” the colored sides. 

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water

Mix all of the ingredients together and then store them in an air-tight container. Makes 3 cups of icing.

Use this icing to bond the sides of your gingerbread house together.

You can use the same recipe but with additional tablespoons of water to decorate the sides of your gingerbread camper before assembling them. 

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

Homemade Gingerbread House Ideas for Decorating

The sky is really the limit when it comes to what you can use to decorate your camper gingerbread house! 

This is a rough idea of what we used for the individual decor elements for this retro DIY camper…

Rug and fence– green sour belts and champagne bubble jelly beans

Tree– waffle ice cream cone covered in green royal icing, and sprinkle bulbs

Tree on top– green rice krispy treat with a pretzel rod trunk and twine wrapped around

Presents– old fashioned candy mix wrapped in twine

Wreath– green rice krispy treat with sprinkles and a red fondant bow

Wheels– gingerbread cookie circles, pink melting chocolates, and jumbo confetti circles

Flamingo– pink jelly bean and white floral stems with pink food marker

Toe hitch– gingerbread V with striped candy cane and pink sprinkle

Fire– candy rocks, pretzel sticks, and orange and yellow ribbon candy

String lights– lime green twine and candied sunflower seeds glued on with royal icing

Lawn chair– woven sour belts, graham crackers, and candy cane feet help together with royal icing

Sand– a mixture of brown sugar and coarse organic sugar

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

How to Display a DIY Camper Gingerbread House

To put your creations together, you can adhere them all to foamboard or a sheet of thin, sturdy wood with royal icing.

We actually even ended up displaying ours in a white lacquer tray for our Christmas party so that we could contain the sand easily!

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

I realize this is quite the undertaking, but at least you can bask in the awesomeness of ours if you don’t want to spend hours on your own gingerbread house template!

UPDATE 2019: You can also buy several storebought camper gingerbread house templates now! Here and here are the best places to buy gingerbread houses.

What’s the craziest gingerbread project you’ve ever made in the name of a Merry Christmas?

More Fun Christmas Projects To Try

And in case you’re new around here, here are a few of my all-time favorite Christmas projects to go with your gingerbread house decorating —

printable gingerbread house template DIY camper

DIY Gingerbread House Template & Recipe

DIY retro camper gingerbread house and recipe - sugar and cloth

Gingerbread House Template & Recipe

Print Recipe
4.85 from 19 votes
Nothing says happy holidays like a homemade gingerbread house and we've got the template and recipe to help you recreate this DIY Gingerbread Camper!
Total Time6 hrs
Course Candies, Desserts
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Printable for camper template
  • Printable for camper edge pieces

Ingredients

For the Construction Grade Gingerbread House Recipe

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour + more for flouring surface
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp ground cloves
  • 1.5 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger

For the Candy Windows

  • crushed butterscotch candies

For the Thick Royal Icing for Assembling

  • 3 tbsp meringue powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tbsp water

Nutrition

Calories: 6101kcal | Carbohydrates: 1407g | Protein: 92g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 491mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 1140mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 912g | Vitamin A: 713IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 34mg
Servings: 1 gingerbread camper
Calories: 6101kcal

Instructions

For the Construction Grade Gingerbread House Recipe

  • Cream eggs and sugar together in a stand mixer with a dough hook rather than the paddle attachment, then add honey and spices. Mix in flour and other dry ingredients, 1 cup at a time until mixed. Note that the dough will be very stiff. 
    Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
  • Lightly wipe down the counter with a wet paper towel and place a large piece of foil on top (the water helps it stay put).
    Flour your working surface and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to 1/8” thick on the foil or parchment paper.
  • Place your printed template on the gingerbread dough and cut with a pizza cutter. Be sure to cut out all the windows and doors, too!
  • Transfer the foil to a baking sheet and bake the sides of the house pieces first and let them cool. Bake at 325 for 15 - 20 minutes for side pieces (until golden brown).
  • For the edge pieces that you will curve, bake for 8-9 minutes until they're just starting to darken.
  • With edge pieces, you'll need to work quickly while the pieces are still warm and bend to create the curve of the camper before fully cooled.
  • Let all pieces cool to room temperature before gluing them together with royal icing. Let the royal icing harden for 4-5 hours before decorating.

For Assembling the Candy Windows

  • When you're using the gingerbread house template, cut out windows and doors before baking gingerbread dough. Then bake the pieces per the instructions above.
  • Once cooled, place the pieces needing “glass” on foil on a baking sheet. Fill with crushed butterscotch candy and bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, until candy has melted.
  • Let them cool thoroughly, overnight is best, before removing from baking sheet/foil. Voila, you have edible windows!

For the Thick Royal Icing

  • Mix all of the ingredients together and then store them in an air-tight container. Makes 3 cups of icing.
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  12. Hi there, wondering what kind of icing you used to decorate the body of the camper and if you have any tips to make it looks this beautiful! Thanks.

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  13. This is so fantastic I just had to make it!
    However, step by step instructions and photos of actually putting the pieces together would be helpful. And of the icing process – do you ice first then put it together, or vice versa?
    I am persevering without instructions but having a difficult time of it. Have made about 3 separate curved pieces as they keep breaking – how do you prevent this?

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  14. My daughter and I are making the retro camper and I am am unsure how to do the butterscotch windows. Am I baking on top of gingerbread window that was cut out?

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  15. Is the outside of the trailer decorated with royal icing (flood) or with fondant? I’m trying to figure out how to cover the curved parts.

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  16. Hi! What an amazing camper. Quick question…did you cover the camper in fondant icing or royal icing. It so hard to tell and id like to recreate this for our christmas this year. Thanks

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  21. This is simply awesome! We have a 1961 Shasta reissue trailer (in red), and I wish there was a way I could undertake something like this. I especially love the tree on top–the Rice Krispies give it a perfect texture. My only criticism would be that the trailer hitch is on the wrong end, but I’ll bet not many people notice that. Great job!

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