I love the look of gingerbread houses, but every time I’ve tried to make a one, I end up getting so frustrated! The frosting is never sticky enough, the walls are too heavy, and the whole thing comes tumbling down! This year, I found a super simple method for making adorable, mini “gingerbread” houses out of graham crackers! They were so quick and easy to construct that I got to spend most of the time doing the FUN part…decorating them! :-)
For each house, you’ll need four graham crackers. The ceiling and the two side walls are just graham crackers broken in half. For the front and back of the house, you’ll just need to cut the corners off of two graham crackers.
Just cut a diagonal line from the top-center to the to the middle line – making a point on the top half of the cracker. Use a serrated knife and cut very gently! Just let the knife do all the work, and try not to press down on the cracker at all.
I made my own royal icing – you can find the recipe here. It was really easy to make, and it was extra sticky – perfect for gluing the walls together! But you also use a can of store-bought frosting. It should work fine for these miniature houses.
Now you can start assembling! I put my houses together on a square of card stock, so that I could move them around more easily. Use a small jar or cup to lean the first couple of walls against. Take your front wall piece, and frost the outside edge. Stick it to the inside of one of your wall pieces. If you frost the edge of the side wall instead of the front wall, then the roof won’t have anything to lean against – so make sure you follow this step!
Frost the edge of the back wall, and remove the jar – now that you have 3 walls, it will stand up on its own. Once all four walls are attached, leave the house to dry for a while. We’ll wait to add the roof until after it’s been decorated.
Now you get to decorate and play around with toppings!
You’ll want to buy some candy for shingles, like almond slices!
The gum was one of my favorite decorations – it is so light and you can cut it into any shape!
Yogurt covered pretzels make a really fun fence!
Some pirouette cookies make an adorable stack of wood for the back yard!
To decorate your roofs, cover the graham cracker squares with frosting, and start layer your “shingles,” starting at the bottom and working your way to the top.
When you’re ready to attach your roof, frost the edges on your house, and just place them on top!
You’ll have quite a noticeable gap on the top, but you can cover it with candy. :-)
Grab the kiddos, or get the whole family in on the creative process! Whether you make one house or a whole village, you’re sure to have a whole lotta fun making (and eating) your creations!
What’s your favorite holiday decoration to make?