11 Gingerbread House Fails That Will Make You Happy Christmas Is Over [Photos]

A gingerbread house is the epitome of the Christmas holiday. It’s a wonderful time for family to spend together, making something that is not only decorative, but delicious as well. Often times, young children help craft these works of arts, eagerly anticipating when Christmas will end and they can finally eat the creations they helped make.

Gingerbread itself is made from delicious and fragrant spices such as cloves, cinnamon and of course ginger, giving it a scent that is reminiscent of Christmas throughout the year. There’s even a recipe for Graham Cracker Gingerbread houses. Just the very act of creating gingerbread for houses or cookies causes many to reflect upon the splendor and magnificence of the holiday season and its festivities. They may be elaborate or simple structures like these gingerbread Swedish cottages from Martha Stewart.

Beautifully and intricately decorated with icing and candies, gingerbread houses are enjoyed by young and old alike. Unless, that is, your gingerbread house is an utter failure. For some, no matter how hard they try to craft these mini masterpieces, disaster is on the horizon. Broken panels, dripping frosting, sagging eaves and a pitiful use of coloring can quickly turn a gingerbread house masterpiece into a gingerbread house fail. While a beautifully decorative gingerbread house will have you singing Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, a gingerbread house fail might leave you wanting to smash your baking goods to bits.

Here are 11 gingerbread houses that will make you happy Christmas is over.

When the gingerbread house proves to be more trouble than you anticipated and you choose to leave the candy in the bag. Maybe she ate it later?

Or when your gingerbread house fail is so bad, there’s nothing else to do than to upload it to YouTube and share it with others.

When you and your partner are wearing more icing than your gingerbread house, you know it’s a fail. But hey, at least they had fun.

@AgnewMatt My Man Crush and our epic fail of the gingerbread house 😂😊 but still had fun!! pic.twitter.com/9pMceQtp6I

— Carrie Ellis (@carrieanne377) December 22, 2015

Once you start grabbing cans, glass bottles and string from the pantry to keep your gingerbread house in on piece, yes, it’s a fail. But we’ll give her props for ingenuity.

You know it’s a gingerbread house fail when you need to call in a demolition crew to handle the pieces. How many points for creativity did they get?

Hadn’t anyone told her there’s no use crying over spilled milk, or collapsed gingerbread houses?

Gingerbread house was a fail 😂 pic.twitter.com/sDMwmcodHD

— umma (@_cantdecide) December 17, 2014

When worms start invading your gingerbread house, it’s probably time to pack it in.

Maybe the directions were to blame?

It’s been condemned. There’s nothing more to say.

If a gingerbread house and a tee-pee had a baby, it would look like this.

Our beautiful gingerbread house #fail 😂😘 @gary_mahan pic.twitter.com/of6KXDdVZg

— Emily (@emilysfeed) December 16, 2013

Anytime you need to add prehistoric creatures, you know it’s a gingerbread house fail.

What did you think of these gingerbread house fails? Have you ever failed at making a gingerbread house? What do you do with your gingerbread house after Christmas? Do you eat it or save it?