Monday, December 12

Make Gingerbread Houses at Home!

We won’t be hosting a gingerbread house-making event this year, but that doesn't mean that the gingerbread-based fun has to stop! Just follow the instructions below to have fun building a gingerbread house with your children at home.

Shopping / Pantry List:
  • Frosting
Half & Half, or similar 16 oz carton
Nabisco Graham Crackers (Nabisco are the only brand that seem to want to snap in straight lines in our experience.)
  • Candy Canes
  • Gum Drops
  • Red Hot Cinnamon Candies
  • Coconut Flakes (Snow)
  • Other candies!
  • Sturdy plate for the base.

  1. Take your plate and squeeze a dollop of frosting where you'd like the house to be. Set the Half & Half carton on the frosting and hold it for 30 seconds (or as long as it takes you to sing Jingle Bells).
  2. Squeeze a little more frosting onto each side of the milk carton.  Place a graham cracker square on each side, making the four walls of the house.  (You might need to trim the squares a bit.)
  3. Squeeze more frosting onto the top of the Half & Half carton.  Place a graham cracker square on each side, making the roof of the house.
  4. Cut a graham cracker square in half to make a triangle.  Frost one side of the cracker and place it on the part of the roof you haven't covered yet.
  5. Make sure the graham crackers are sticking well and aren't going to fall off when they're decorated.
  6. Decorate!  Have fun!  Get creative!

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