Several years ago, my Aunt Sue got in the habit of giving us a gingerbread house kit the first week of December. You know if you do anything one time, it automatically becomes a tradition! So, the tradition of making a gingerbread house each year was born. After she stopped sending the kits, we started buying one during the Christmas season.
Gingerbread House Tradition Lives On
This year, we were walking through Walmart, and a gingerbread house was the last thing on my mind. We have had limited funds this year, so I’m trying to purchase as few things as possible to stick within our budget. My oldest son picked out a kit with Austin, and they brought it to me. Unfortunately, I had to tell him that there wasn’t enough money left in the budget for us to get one this year.
If you can imagine, the thought of not carrying on with this tradition wrecked my son. It is not as a big of a deal to me to make the house. For one thing, I don’t like cookies and another, I don’t like candy. I had no idea this would be such a difficult thing for him to take.
As we left the store, I told him I would figure out something else we could use to make a house. We had an abundance of candy left from Halloween after all. I had the stuff to make icing. The house part is all I was lacking.
How to Make a Gingerbread House From Graham Crackers
I will not pretend to tell you I was creative enough to think of using graham crackers on my own. A few afternoons a week, I work at an after school program. A few kids got on the van with gingerbread houses made out of graham crackers. They had stuck the crackers to the side of a milk carton. That is where the idea was born.
I’ll give credit where credit is due, when my Austin came to get the boys from the childcare center, I told him he had to figure out how to construct a house out of graham crackers. We wanted to be able to eat the house, so using a milk carton wasn’t a good idea.
Here are the pictures of what he and the boys came up with. I provided the graham crackers, icing, and picked through the candy bucket. Austin and my boys came up with the rest.
To see the icing recipe we used, go HERE. We made up a half recipe, and it was plenty for this project.
Here is the start of the house. You can see that he took one graham cracker and cut angles at the top. I don’t know how he did that without breaking it. I have no real advice for you here, because I demolished several crackers trying to make a tree.
He did the angles on two graham crackers, one for each side of the house. Then he made the opposing walls out of half pieces.
I’m sorry to go straight to the finished product, but I didn’t capture the pictures as it went along. Once he made the main house, he built a square section off to each side of it. This helped extend the house and make it better to work with.
He used half pieces of crackers for the roof. There was a bit of a gap between the roof and the other sections of the houses. He filled in those gaps with tootsie rolls. You could leave those gaps open if you didn’t have anything to shove in there.
The door is made from an airhead. You can also use a laffy taffy. We used nerds for the sprinkles on the house. Smarties, tootsie rolls, gummy lifesaver, candy canes, and everlasting gobstoppers to name a few.
Here is a view from the back. We have a sucker tree…or light post, I’m not sure what they went with. I do not know what those brown things are leading up to the backdoor. It was supposed to be a snowman…looks like it didn’t work out.
This side view shows you the tootsie rolls that bridged the gap between the roof and the house.
Good luck on making your house if you haven’t had a chance to do one this year. Let me know how it turns out!