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graham cracker houses

I just returned from a lovely week with my family in Laguna Beach. We spent Thanksgiving day at my aunt and uncle's house and at the last minute, I decided to bring along a craft for the kids to keep them entertained (even if only for 30 minutes!).

Graham cracker houses are always a hit – my girls never tire of making them and I thought it was appropriate to get everyone in a holiday state of mind. This is an excellent craft for any holiday party or dinner with children – even adults like to join in on the fun!

I like to use honey graham crackers from Smith's (the Kroger's brand). These work well because they do not have to be broken in half and hence, the edges look finished. I start by hot gluing together 2 graham crackers, making 6 sets for one house. I glue the finished house directly to the paper plate (I like the square ones from Target) to avoid any spills.

For decorations, I buy coconut (for snow), red and green M&M's, small shredded wheat (for thatched rooftops), miniature candy canes, large marshmallows (for snowmen), peppermints (for wreaths), red licorice (for winding walk-ways) and square pretzels (for windows). For frosting, I buy any brand of white whipped (it must be "whipped") frosting and redo the label with something more tasteful (call me crazy!).


If you would like to create your own frosting labels, click on the link below. Happy decorating!


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So fun! I definitely want to try this some year, maybe when my son gets a little older. I wonder if you have tried using royal icing to cement the pieces together? A little extra drying time (though I've found it to dry quite quickly), and then the gingerbread creations would be edible. I'm sure you've already weighed the pros and cons of which "adhesive" to use, so interested to hear your thoughts.


What do these frosting labels go on? I love your blog. xoxoxo

cute houses! (but what i'd really like is a guide to laguna beach, as we'll be travelling there soon. any places i must see?)

12.1 | Unregistered Commenterjane

The labels are to go on store-bought cans of frosting – I just don't love the looks of the existing labels in conjunction with my perfectly color-coordinated candies and accoutrements! Call me crazy....

You're in luck! I'll be posting my favorite spots in Laguna in the next day or so!

Yummy buttermilk font... :)

12.13 | Unregistered Commentercharlie

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