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Create a Charming New England Salt-Box Gingerbread House

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

Gingerbread Architect: Gingerbread-By-Design/Loreta Wilson

Gingerbread Designer: Loreta Wilson

 

New England Salt-Box Gingerbread House

This New England Salt-Box house, with the style reminiscent of days-gone-by, could easily be a real house on any street in the New England area of the US! I saw many of these houses during my recent visit to the northeast part of the country!


Originating from a classic I-house form, in the early 18th century the I-house footprint was expanded to the rear to provide more interior space, resulting in the one and one-half room deep Salt-Box house design. This new design also helped residents to withstand the harsh New England climate by allowing the sloping roof to encourage snow to melt more quickly in the sun while deflecting the strong winter winds.


These houses were named after the common wooden salt containers from the colonial period.


New England Salt-Box Gingerbread House

The approximate footprint/size of the New England Salt-Box gingerbread house is 7" wide x 6.5" deep x 7" tall.


New England Salt-Box Gingerbread House

This gingerbread house is great for beginners. A little more difficult than the Elf or Pixie house since the back side of the house has two roof pieces; one roof piece to cover the main part of the two-story house, and to one cover the one-story addition on the back.


 

Gingerbread House Architectural Style

The Architectural inspiration for this gingerbread house is the Folk New England Tradition Salt-Box style home, with a chimney on the roof ridge.

 

Gingerbread House Special Design Elements

How-To instructions for special design elements can be found on the Gingerbread-By-Design Blog.

 

Gingerbread House Decorating Candy

Doesn't everybody have a box of left-over candy stored in their closet, at all times? I'm always scoping-out the perfect candy for my next gingerbread creation!


Below is a list of small candies that are perfect for the New England Salt-Box gingerbread house:

  • Gum Drops

  • M&M’s

  • Hershey Kisses

  • Small Candy Canes

  • Sprinkles

  • Peppermints

  • Sweet Tarts

  • Red/Green Sour Tape

  • Chocolate Pretzels

  • Licorice

  • Cereal

  • Chocolate Bars

  • Mini Cookies

  • Tootsie Rolls·

  • Necco Wafers

  • Jelly Beans

  • Mini-Marshmallows

  • Red Hots

  • Smarties

  • Skittles

  • Teddy Grahams

 

Gingerbread House Templates

The template for the New England Salt-Box gingerbread house is available here.

Download e-Template

Download the e-Template to your electronic device, print on your printer, cut-out the template pieces, cut your pieces from gingerbread dough, bake, and assemble per the instructions provided. All templates are full-size and ready to use. No enlarging required.

Pre-Printed and Shipped Template

Pre-printed templates are also available. These templates are pre-printed for you to then cut-out the template pieces, cut your pieces from gingerbread dough, bake, and assemble per the instructions provided. The pre-printed template packet includes:

  • Template printed on 67lb card stock

  • Supply and Candy List

  • Recipes, including number of batches needed

  • Rolling, Cutting, and Baking instructions

  • Assembly instructions with step-by-step pictures

  • Decorating suggestions, including design elements utilized

  • Ziplock storage bag to store your templates

All templates are full-size and ready to use. No enlarging required.

 

Gingerbread-By-Design provides The Best Gingerbread Templates! View the entire collection here!

 

Gingerbread House Pictures

More pictures of the New England Salt-Box gingerbread house are available in the Gingerbread-By-Design Photo Album


Did you make the New England Salt-Box gingerbread house and want to share your pictures? Click here to upload your pictures to be added to the Gingerbread-By-Design Photo Album!

 

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