I love love love to decorate gingerbread houses. I like the planning, the creative outlet, the colorful candies, and spending time with the ones I love creating these masterpieces.
Of course, with kids, the masterpieces are a bit more haphazard but it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment one bit. In fact, watching kids create their gingerbread houses is even more fun than creating your own in my opinion.
Imagine my disappointment when every commercial gingerbread kit came plastered with food allergy warnings for nuts. Ugh. It’s just not worth the risk of Buddy popping one of those irresistible gumdrops in his mouth when I turn my back to tend to Cali for a minute.
Did I give up on my gingerbread dreams? Not on your life.
I got creative. 🙂
Here’s a quick step by step guide for building your own “gingerbread” house out of graham crackers!
You will need:
9 (plus a few extras in case some of your break) whole graham crackers
A large sharp knife
Hot glue gun
The hot glue gun is really the key to a good gingerbread house, whether you’re using graham crackers or the real thing. Trust me on this. You’ll thank me later.
Start by gluing 4 graham crackers together on their sides to make a square/the walls of your house.
Use your knife to cut two of your graham crackers into triangles using the perforated lines as a guide. Take a look at the triangle crackers here to get an idea of where to cut.
Glue triangles onto the tops of two opposite walls.
Now glue two whole crackers onto the roof, one on each side & meeting in the middle at the top.
See the roof gaps? Half of a graham cracker (when split down the long perforated seam) fits here perfectly. Use your knife to snap the graham cracker in half for a cleaner break.
Decorate however you please! We used vanilla icing, a box of Christmas themed Captain Crunch, decorative sprinkles, & candies that were all safe for Buddy’s allergies.
What fun!! Next year we might even break out the pretzels for a log cabin look like this family did!