EASY graham cracker gingerbread houses for Christmas are a simple, fun Christmas food craft for kids.
easy graham cracker houses for Christmas
I like making gingerbread houses as much as the next person… but it’s just. So. Much. Work. Especially the assembly part. And sawing down imperfections. And the balancing act. It’s harder than making a house of cards. On a boat. In rough water. So I cheated. I made 2D graham cracker gingerbread houses with the illusion of 3D.
But they are so much easier to make. I made all these houses in less than an hour. Oh, and did I mention kids? Kids can decorate these, too, which will save a parent’s sanity.
graham cracker gingerbread house decorating
I decorated these simply, but you could do a lot more with them.
Cover the base with white frosting and top with white sprinkles.
You could add candy decorations to the base, too, such as a “door mat.”
Create a whole village to use as your Christmas table centerpiece. Or serve them at parties. Or decorate the mantle. Or, or, or, there are a lot of options with these.
Make an apartment building, town house, condo, split-level, ranch, colonial, Victorian, bungalow, Arts and Crafts style … (I used to want to be an architect).
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how to make easy graham cracker gingerbread houses
you will need:*
variety of candies
*For the icing, use either your own royal icing tinted white with food coloring and placed in a decorating bag or just use the store-bought decorating icing. For candies, use sprinkles, gum drops, red hots, candy canes, whatever you like.
step one: cut your graham crackers.
Place a graham cracker on a cutting board and cut the top to resemble a roof. (Or, snap the cracker in two first for smaller houses.) Don’t saw the knife, just press down with a rocking motion. FOR EASY GRAHAM CRACKER CUTTING TIPS, this post shows you how to use your microwave to soften the crackers.
You’ll also need some graham crackers cut in half for the base.
step two: decorate your houses.
Pipe white icing along the roof line for “snow.” Add white sprinkles, if desired.
Use dabs of icing to adhere candies to decorate the houses. Let dry several hours or overnight.
step three: prop up your houses.
Snap a graham cracker in half. One half will be the base.
Snap another half into two rectangles and cut one of the rectangles in half to make a small square. This will help support the house. Squeeze some icing on the graham cracker base. Prop the house in the frosting, using the small square to support the house in the back.