Frequently Asked Questions

Templates

Are gingerbread templates available by electronic download?


Gingerbread e-Templates are available from our Gingerbread Store. When purchasing an e-Template, customers will receive links to download the Gingerbread e-Template in the thank you page of the checkout, along with an emailed link to download the Gingerbread e-Template that will last for 30 days. Download your template, save to your electronic device, and print on your own printer.




Are instructions for constructing the gingerbread house included with the template?


Step-by-step instructions (with pictures) are are included with all Gingerbread-By-Design templates (pre-printed and e-template).




Are baked gingerbread pieces included in pre-printed template packets?


Pre-printed template packets include pre-printed templates, recipes, candy list, and instructions, but do NOT include baked gingerbread pieces.




Is candy included in pre-printed template packets?


Pre-printed template packets include pre-printed templates, recipes, candy list, and instructions, but do NOT include candy.




How will I know the finished size of the gingerbread house in order to use the correct size gingerbread base?


Finished gingerbread house size dimensions are included with all Gingerbread-By-Design templates (pre-printed and e-template). Dimensions are also indicated on the template list, and on the page for each specific template.




Do templates need to be sized (enlarged)?


Downloadable e-templates are sized to print on 8 1/2" x 11" paper (from your printer), and are all full-size, ready to cut. No enlarging or tracing required. Pre-printed Gingerbread-By-Design Templates are printed on 8 1/2" x 14" cardstock, and are all full-size, ready to cut. No enlarging or tracing required.




Will all gingerbread pieces fit into a standard residential oven?


All gingerbread pieces fit on a half-size (13" x 18") cookie sheet, and will fit in a standard residential oven.




What size cookie sheets do I need to bake the gingerbread pieces?


All gingerbread pieces fit on a half-size (13" x 18") cookie sheet, and a standard residential oven.




Do template pieces need to be taped together in order to make a larger template piece?


Pre-Printed templates: All pre-printed template peices are printed on 8 1/2" x 14" cardstock, ready to cut and use as-is with no enlarging or tracing required. However, sometimes a wall or roof is just too large to fit onto a single peice of paper. In a few instances one or two template peices must be taped together prior to cutting from gingerbread dough. Downloadable e-templates: To accomodate most personal/home printers, e-templates are sized to print on standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper, and thus may include more pieces that need to be taped together prior to cutting from dough.




Are recipes included gingerbread templates?


Recipes for Construction Gingerbread Dough, Royal Icing (glue), and Poured Sugar (windows) are included with all Gingerbread-By-Design templates (pre-printed and e-template). Recipes are provided in both volumn and weight measurements, and each template includes the number of batches of dough required for that specific gingerbread project.




Are templates easy to use?


Yes! We take great pride in poviding step-by-step assembly instructions as well as templates that are correctly labled and easy to identify during the cutting and construction phase.




Do templates show window placement?


Yes. All window placements are shown on all Gingerbread-By-Design templates (pre-printed and e-template).




What if I am unhappy with my pre-printed gingerbread template?


Pre-printed gingerbread templates may be returned for a full refund if the paper pieces have not been cut-out yet. If the pre-printed gingerbread paper template pieces have been cut-out, the template cannot be returned for a refund.




What are the skill levels for each gingerbread template?


Gingerbread templates are provide based on a skill level assigned to each house design.

Child - this gingerbread house skill level consists of four walls with one roof ridge (two gable walls (full or half), two rectangle walls, and two rectangle roof sections. The roof may be a gable or shed (half gable) style. This gingerbread house is small, the perfect size for children who are just learning how decorate a gingerbread house.

Beginner - this gingerbread house skill level consists of four walls with one roof ridge (two gable walls (full or half), two rectangle walls, and two rectangle roof sections. The roof may be a gable, or shed (half gable), or saltbox style. This gingerbread house is for the beginner builder who is learning how to construct a house with four walls.

Intermediate - this gingerbread house skill level consists of the attributes listed above and may include a wing to the house, simple dormer windows, more complex roof styles, and columns. This gingerbread house is for intermediate builders who can construct a house with up to eight walls.

Advanced - this gingerbread house skill level consists of the attributes listed above and may include a square tower, more complex dormer windows, bay windows, and a balcony. The roof styles may be more complex and may include Hip (Cap) roof styles. This gingerbread house is for advanced builders who can construct a house with up to eight walls and more complex windows and roof styles.

Expert- this gingerbread house skill level consists of the attributes listed above and may include more complex towers and turrets. The roof styles may be more complex and may include hexagonal or octagonal pyramid styles. This gingerbread house is for expert builders who can construct a house with many walls and triangular roof pieces.

Master - this gingerbread house skill level consists of the attributes listed above and may include curved window and dormer styles, curved walls, and round towers or turrets. The roof styles may be more complex including cone and dome styles. This gingerbread house is for master builders who can construct a house with many walls and can work with round and curved pieces.

A complete list of skill attributes can be found on the Skill Levels page.




Where are the gingerbread templates produced?


All Gingerbread-By-Design templates (pre-printed and e-template) are designed, printed, and shipped from Eugene, Oregon, United States.




How do I download my purchased e-Template?


Upon completing your e-Template puchase, the Thank You page will include a download link. Scroll to the bottom of the Thank You page to view Your Downloads, and click the "Download" box to begin the download process. You will also receive an automated email with the subject line "Thanks for shopping with us". Scroll to the bottom of that email to view your Order Summary, and click the "Download" box to begin the download process for each e-Template. This download link will remain active for 30 days. If you do not receive the automated email with the download link, please check your SPAM folder. If you still cannot locate the email please contact us at gingerbreadbydesign@gmail.com and we will re-send the email to you.





Custom Display

How do I order a custom gingerbread display?


Click here for instructions to obtain a quote for a custom gingerbread display.




Is there a delivery area for custom gingerbread displays?


Due to size limitations and delivery requirements, custom gingerbread displays are only available in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.





Gingerbread Kits

Does Gingerbread-By-Design provide pre-baked gingerbread kits?


At this time, Gingerbread-By-Design does not provide pre-baked gingerbread kits, but they do take orders for custom gingerbread displays for events, commercial, or personal use. Click here for instructions to obtain a quote for a custom gingerbread display.





Pictures

How do I share my finished gingerbread project photos?


There are two options to share your photos. Visit our Shared Gallery to upload photos of your finished gingerbread display! Did you use a Gingerbread-By-Design template for your gingerbread project? If so, then also share your photos to be added to a Gingerbread Photo Album! Thanks for sharing your gingerbread talent with the world!




How do I upload my photos to a Gingerbread Album?


We host Gingerbread Albums on our site for photos of Gingerbread Projects using a Gingerbread-By-Design template. If you used a Gingerbread-By-Design template for your gingerbread project, click here to share your photos to be added to a Gingerbread Photo Album! Thanks for sharing your gingerbread talent with the world!





Shipping

How long does it take to recieve my pre-printed template?


Pre-printed templates are shipped 1-2 business days after date of purchase, and typically take 2-3 days for delivery via USPS Priority Mail. All Gingerbread-By-Design templates (pre-printed and e-template) are designed, printed, and shipped from Eugene, Oregon, United States.





Pop-up Ads

Why are there no annoying pop-up advertisements?


Because we don't like them, they are very annoying, and they are over-used on the internet. We at Gingerbread-By-Design will never allow third-party pop-up advertisements.





Contests

How do I add a gingerbread contest to this website?


Visit www.gingerbreadcontests.com to view the contest list and to submit gingerbread contest information to be added to our database and social media sharing platform.