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Graham Cracker Holiday Houses

Graham Cracker houses

I love the look of gingerbread houses, but every time I’ve tried to make 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! :-)

Graham Cracker houses

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.

Graham Cracker houses

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.

Once you have your frosting, put it in a pastry bag or a plastic storage bag with a tiny hole cut in the bottom corner.

Graham Cracker 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!

Graham Cracker houses

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.

Graham Cracker houses

Now you get to decorate and play around with toppings!

Graham Cracker houses

You’ll want to buy some candy for shingles, like almond slices!

Graham Cracker houses

You also need some pieces for little welcome mats, doors and pathways. I used Oreo crisps from a 100-calorie pack, graham cracker sticks, and pieces of gum.

Graham Cracker houses

The gum was one of my favorite decorations – it is so light and you can cut it into any shape!

Jelly beans, red hots, and peppermints are great for little doorknobs, windows, and other details.

Graham Cracker houses

Yogurt covered pretzels make a really fun fence!

Graham Cracker houses

Some pirouette cookies make an adorable stack of wood for the back yard!

Graham Cracker houses

I found some candy rocks, too, which made such a cute pathway. For the snow, coconut flakes are perfect. I blended half of mine for a very convincing and fluffy snow!

Graham Cracker houses

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.

Easy Graham Cracker Holiday Houses

When you’re ready to attach your roof, frost the edges on your house, and just place them on top!

Graham Cracker houses

You’ll have quite a noticeable gap on the top, but you can cover it with candy. :-)

Graham Cracker houses

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?

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  • Where would one get a vanilla cream donut? In a buidling?’ Gus is ridiculous. Isn’t it so wonderful to see that a graham cracker can make someone so happy!? LOVE!

  • I use melted chocolate to hold my houses together, it hardens quickly and it is a lot sturdier.
    Once my chocolate is melted i put it in a plastic sleeve, to do this i stand it upright in a tall glass and turn the sides down.(i keep the remaining chocolate in a microwave container on a warming tray you don’t want it to be too runny) you don’t need to stand the bottom up against anything so i will put together 25 bottoms at a time and wait 15-20 minutes until it hardens and then add my tops! you can always add additional chocolate to the top and sides to make it look cleaner and to add extra strength for all those small hands pressing on the house as they decorate with the meringue frosting!

  • These are great for younger children. We have always used the small school size milk cartons to be the graham cracker base. Just glue to adhere the crackers to the milk carton. Makes it sturdier for little hands. We had a gingerbread making party for the little girls when my daughters were 6 and 8. Each child brought a bag of candy to add to the decorations. So much fun!!!

  • Love this. These houses reminded me of my Sister. When she’s home for the holidays she and one of her friends would get together and make these houses. I like the graham cracker method, so much easier than messing with the gingerbread.

  • Another thing that works well is to dip the edges of the graham crackers in melted almond bark or candy melts instead of using royal icing. It dries pretty quick. Or, you can pre-dip all the edges, set them on wax paper to dry, and then use more of the melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle like glue. We put litle treats in ours and crack them open on New Year’s Day.

  • We decorated our graham houses last sunday as a family. It was our 35th consecutive year ( and I’ve been there everytime!) and we were 19 people around the table. We switched to hot glue to assemnle the houses about 15 years ago. Much easier to assemble. Since we never eat them, it works fine. We use coloured icing to cover up the glue, although the glue itself barrly shows.

    We also make a church per household and little treese with the leftover bits from the roofs. We finish off our village with marshmallow snow men who wear empty Kuerig coffe capsules for hats!

    • That sounds like what my sister and her family do. They’ve gotten very elaborate with their houses using the hot glue guns. They also use empty cups to prop their houses up while the glue sets.

  • I have had at least three gingerbread house nightmares. Besides the obvious problems with keeping them standing, one year I bought the cookie cutters shaped like the house pieces and when I baked them, they all stuck to the pan and broke as I tried to remove them. The next year I decided to buy one of those kits with the pre-baked pieces, and when I opened the box, the cookies were molded. I gave up after that. My daughter and I still make gingerbread cookies, but no more houses. These Graham cracker houses loook fun and easy!

  • I have a daughter who is in her 20’s and she is still BANNED from making gingerbread houses. She used to get so frustrated and upset trying to make them. I just sent her this link.

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