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Make Your Own Gingerbread House

Making a Gingerbread House is a tradition that has been around for many years. It was immortalized in the Grimm's fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel and Gingerbread dates back over 600 years when Lebkuchen (gingerbread) is first mentioned in old German documents.

There are hundreds of Gingerbread recipes online that you can make to create a very tasty, edible house.

For smaller hands, or just for fun, try this easy way you can make your own Gingerbread House completely on your own - but it's more fun with family and friends.

Miniature Gingerbread Houses

What You Need:

  • Single serving milk cartons, empty and washed
  • White Icing [store bought or recipe]
  • Graham Cracker Squares
  • Decorations, candies, sprinkles or other holiday treats
How to Make::
Get organized first. Have all of your decorations, candies and such in individual bowls, containers or bags.

Prepare white icing/frosting if you are not using store bought.

Getting Ready Each person should have their own single serving milk carton. Place your carton on a sheet of waxed paper on top of heavy cardboard or a paper plate.

Attach graham cracker squares to sides of carton by spreading icing/frosting on carton and pressing cracker firmly onto carton.

Do the same for the roof using two graham cracker squares. For area between sides and roof - cut a graham cracker in half on diagonal to form a triangle and attach the same way.

Once you have your sides and roof attached use icing/frosting to attach decorations and candies to your house. You can pipe icing/frosting into the cracks with a cake decorator or with a plastic bag filled with icing/frosting.

Proud House Maker Use your imagination to create windows and doors with different shaped and colored candies. Add other elements as you wish.

You can spread icing/frosting around your house on the paper plate or waxed paper to form a base that looks like snow.

Once your creation is complete you can allow to dry over night and use as a decoration year after year. Or, you can gobble it right up!

This is even more fun to make with a group of your friends or family members! Enjoy and have fun!

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