What To Use To Decorate A Beach Themed Gingerbread House

There are a lot of ideas for candy and other edible items that you can use for a Hawaii or beach-themed gingerbread house.

This is a list of some items and ideas for things you could make with them to decorate a tropical island gingerbread house for a summer Christmas.


Gingerbread house beach themed hut

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Candy decorations for a beach-themed gingerbread house.

  • White frosting for adding some detail to the ocean waves.
  • Crushed graham crackers or vanilla wafer cookies to make sand.
  • Candy or molded fondant in the shape of seashellsOpens in a new tab. to put on the beach. (Click the link to see seashell molds.)
  • Blue frosting to make the ocean water around the house landscaping.
Beach-themed gingerbread house.
Beach-themed gingerbread house.
  • Candy that looks like rocks for beach landscaping.
  • Gummy fish or goldfish crackers to put in the ocean waves.
  • Fruit Roll-Ups for beach towels or beach umbrellas.
  • Sour Patch Kids and Gummy Bears for people sunbathing or playing in the water.
  • Lifesavers candy for water float toys.
  • Jawbreakers or gumballs for beach balls.
  • Candy canes for porch railings or trim on the buildings.
  • Dried coconut with green food coloring added to make palm tree fronds or beach grass.
  • Sunflower seeds for rocks on the beach or stone walkways.
  • Shredded wheat cereal to make a thatched roof on a beach hut.



Gingerbread house and pretzel rods made into stilts.
Gingerbread house and pretzel rods made into stilts.

  • Pretzel rods to make a beach house built on stilts.
  • Gelatin sheets to make large windows in the house.
  • Twizzlers for palm tree trunks (bundle a few together.)
  • Pretzel sticks to make bamboo window shades.
  • Pretzel sticks to make the logs in a beach bonfire.
  • Red fruit leather cut into pointy shapes to make the flames in the beach bonfire.

Beach-themed gingerbread house.
Beach-themed gingerbread house.

  • White lifesavers with red twizzler strips cut into thin lines to make a boat’s life saver ring to hang on the wall of the house.
  • Pretzel rods cut into logs to make the planks for a deck or a raft.
  • Biscotti cookies for surf boards.
  • SpongeBob candy to use for characters in the yard.

Beach-themed gingerbread house.
Beach-themed gingerbread house.

  • Stack mini Reese’s cups to make the trunk of a plan tree.
  • Pretzel rods with a red or orange gumdrop for a flame to make tiki torches.
  • Ground-up gingerbread or graham crackers mixed with brown royal icing to make balls for a sand snowman.
  • Colorful small candy to make a reef in the water.
  • Royal icing used to make coral (read the article about how to make microwave coral Opens in a new tab.here)

And a non-edible idea…Drink umbrellas to use for beach umbrellas.


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Using blue icing to make waves on a cake board for a beach-themed gingerbread house
Using blue icing to make waves on a cake board for a beach-themed gingerbread house

Ideas for how to decorate a gingerbread beach house.

To decorate a beachy gingerbread house, you’ll want to make the house a part of the scene, but most of the details will probably be around the house.


shredded wheat cereal to make a thatched roof on a gingerbread house
Shredded wheat cereal to make a thatched roof on a gingerbread house.

After decorating the house with a thatched hut roof and making a deck around it from pretzel rods, you can put most of your creativity into the landscaping.



Cake board to build a gingerbread house on
Cake board to build a gingerbread house on.

Use a larger base board so that you have a lot of space to work with as far as decorations go. (This article talks about what to build gingerbread houses on for transporting them.)


Beach-themed gingerbread house.
Beach-themed gingerbread house.

Place the house toward the back of the scene, and use the front part to create a sandy beach that borders some blue water.


Candy beach bonfire.
Candy beach bonfire.

Add beach accessories, palm trees, a bonfire pit, and things like stones and beach grass on the beach.


Beach-themed gingerbread house.
Beach-themed gingerbread house.

Add blue water with icing, and add some fish, shells, and waves to the water.


Cotton candy surf on a beach gingerbread house.
Cotton candy surf on a beach gingerbread house.

Use some white icing to show the surf on the sand and the crests of waves in the water.

Bunch some small, colorful candies in the water to make a little coral reef that peeks out. In this photo, I used some dried-out cotton candy that I crushed into white dust.

You could also use some of the beach landscaping ideas to decorate around a gingerbread lighthouse (get the free template for the lighthouse here.)

Kara Buntin

Kara is a former wedding cake decorator who has won numerous awards for her cake designs and gingerbread houses. She currently owns a cake decorating supply business at acaketoremember.com

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