Jamie here, if you have ever tried to make Gingerbread Houses with your kids – I hope you had fun… because when I did it – I turned into a terrible person.
Several years ago, with 4 boys aged 2-8, things were wildly unlike what I had imagined in my Martha-Stewart-Picture-Perfect plan. The Gingerbread House kit I’d bought on clearance the year before would NOT stay together, and the boys were poking the walls down and caving the roof in trying to fit as much candy as possible onto it. I went into control-freak mode, and I’m pretty sure I ended up finishing it by myself while they pouted off to another room. FAIL!
If I ever do it again, I’ll lower my expectations with a little help from Pinterest. Instead of a gingerbread, I would use graham crackers. One Pinterester built them on top of school milk cartons (GENIUS!!!) I would build them ahead of time, then let each of the kids go crazy decorating their own little houses – while I sit back smiling and enjoying them 🙂
What You’ll Need:
- Empty pint-size milk carton or school-size milk carton for each child
- Graham Crackers
- Piping bag or Ziploc bag with a hole cut in one corner for the icing
- Stiff homemade icing using milk and powdered sugar *About 3-4 tbsp milk per 2 Cups Sugar
**OR – heck, just go with hot glue – you don’t have to eat them!
- Candy of all kinds, sprinkles, gum drops, m&m’s – you name it!
- Mini candy canes or chocolate bar for the door
- Optional: Marshmallows for a snowman, teddy grahams for villagers
Spread a thick layer of icing (or glue) around the clean milk carton. Place the graham crackers around the milk carton, and 2 on top for the room. Let it set and harden a bit. Spread white icing on a small plate to look like snow, then gently squish your house onto it so it will stay put. Cover any cracks where graham crackers meet by piping a line of white icing into the gaps.
I could go on here about how to decorate it – but I think we all know that your kids are going to do exactly what they want at this point. And you should let ’em – it’s not about perfection, it’s just about fun!
Do you have any Gingerbread House tips? Please share them in the comments!
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