Dec 7, 2010

Gingerbread House Fun!

We made mini gingerbread houses this weekend and a few friends joined in the fun.

Wanted to share this because it's much easier than buying and making one big kit. We never could get the walls to stay upright and then everyone wanted to pull apart different pieces to eat.
This version is better because everyone gets to create their own just the way they want to and for the visitors, they can take it home easily.

with love from the Simas family
Here’s what you’ll need:
Heavy paper plates (cover them with aluminum foil)
Pint sized cartons (we used buttermilk cartons)
(you could use quart or half gallon)
Plastic knives
Vanilla or cream cheese icing
Graham crackers
Various candies (peppermint circles, mini candy canes,
gumdrops, green & red M&Ms, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, 
coconut and powdered sugar makes great snow, any other candy you’d like. 
We even used some of their Halloween candy!
Break the graham crackers to fit the sections of the carton as best you can. 
If they break, they can fit them together with icing.
Kids, spread the icing onto the sides and rooftop of the carton 
to create your very own mini gingerbread house.
There are no directions…just be creative and have fun!
You can even make patterns with your colored candies!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

A few extra tips:
We used pint sized buttermilk was the cheapest.
Either pour out the buttermilk or save to make fabulous buttermilk pancakes!
After they are empty, wash them out thoroughly and hot glue the opening together
so the "roof line" stays together and also so it doesn't smell of buttermilk.
We used cream cheese icing...2 kids shared 1 container with 2 plastic knives.

It makes a sweet little community don't you think?
and if you want to see the rest of the photos click here.

1 comment:

  1. I love the houses! I should show you the trees we make... with your houses, they would make a sweet village.
    Enjoyed seeing your smiling girls last night. They are precious!


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