How to convert a Little Tikes playhouse into a Christmas gingerbread house

How to convert a Little Tikes playhouse into a Christmas gingerbread house

Turn Your Little Tikes Playhouse into a Festive Gingerbread Wonderland with These Easy DIY Steps

Written 11th June 2024 | Subscribe to our Christmas newsletter

Transforming a Little Tikes playhouse into a gingerbread house is a fun and festive project perfect for the holiday season. The inspiration for this article came from an amazing transformation we found on Pinterest. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you achieve a charming gingerbread house look:

Materials Needed:

  • Little Tikes playhouse
  • Exterior paint (brown, white, and other desired colors)
  • Paintbrushes and rollers
  • Painter's tape
  • 2 x red pool noodles bound with white tape (for the sides)
  • Expanding foam, white caulk or white paint for icing effect
  • Foam sheets or corrugated plastic (for candy decorations)
  • Craft foam or cardboard (for gingerbread men, candy canes, etc.)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Outdoor Christmas lights (optional)
  • Faux greenery or garlands (optional)
  • Clear sealant (optional for protection)
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Image credit: @ Leahboc

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Preparation:

  • Clean the Playhouse: Thoroughly clean the playhouse to remove any dirt and grime. This ensures the paint adheres properly.
  • Disassemble (Optional): If possible, disassemble parts of the playhouse to make painting easier.

2. Base Painting:

  • Paint the Walls: Use exterior brown paint to cover the walls of the playhouse. This will simulate the gingerbread. Apply two coats for full coverage, allowing each coat to dry completely.
  • Paint the Roof: Use a contrasting color like white or a lighter shade of brown for the roof to simulate frosting or a different cookie type. Again, apply two coats for full coverage.

3. Details and Decorations:

  • Add Icing Details:
    • Use painter's tape to outline where you want the icing details (roof edges, window frames, door outlines, etc.).
    • Apply white paint or white caulk along the taped lines to create the icing effect. You can get creative with swirls, dots, and drips to mimic real icing.
  • Create Candy Decorations:
    • Cut out shapes from foam sheets or corrugated plastic to make large candies, gumdrops, lollipops, and other gingerbread house decorations.
    • Paint these shapes in bright, candy-like colors.
    • Once dry, attach them to the playhouse using a hot glue gun.
  • Gingerbread Men and Other Figures:
    • Cut out gingerbread men, candy canes, and other festive shapes from craft foam or cardboard.
    • Paint and decorate these shapes as desired.
    • Attach these figures to the playhouse with hot glue.

4. Final Touches:

  • Outdoor Lights (Optional): If you want to add some sparkle, attach outdoor Christmas lights along the roofline or around the windows and door.
  • Faux Greenery (Optional): Add faux greenery or garlands around the base of the playhouse or along the roof for a festive touch.

5. Sealant (Optional):

  • If you want to protect your gingerbread house playhouse from the elements, consider applying a clear sealant once all the decorations are in place and the paint is fully dry. This step is especially useful if the playhouse will be outside.


  • Work in a well-ventilated area when painting and using glue.
  • Use weather-resistant materials if the playhouse will be placed outdoors.
  • Get creative with your decorations – think about using glitter, fake snow, or even real candy (sealed for protection) for added effect.

By following these steps, you can turn your Little Tikes playhouse into a magical gingerbread house that will delight children and add a festive touch to your holiday décor.

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