Friday, December 17, 2010

Easy "Gingerbread" Houses



These are the easiest gingerbread houses I've ever made. 
 The idea is from Martha Stewart and I just follower her directions.  Use a serrated knife to cut a graham cracker into two squares. Saw off the top corners of another cracker to make a peaked roof. Be gentle because you can break them.

Assemble your cottage on an overturned paper plate using royal icing.  Put some icing on the bottom of the cracker and 'glue' it the plate. Use a small spice jar to prop it up.

Glue the side edges on and let dry. Remove spice jar. This dries fairly quickly. Attach the roof pieces and let dry. Then you are ready to decorate.  Use more royal icing to attach the decorations.

I like to use these cute ginger people cookies.

We also raided the leftover Halloween candy.

Life cereal makes a good thatched roof.

 

 

Here are the creations that my kids made. The plates look even better if sprinkled with mini marshmallows or coconut for snow.  You can make a whole village in about an hour.
These are great for a party too as seen here.


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9 comments:

Samantha said...

i saw this and it totally made me think of you!
http://myblessedlife.net/2010/12/peppermint-wreath-tutorial.html

Life in Rehab said...

That's a great party activity idea for kids. Great job, Heather and your "construction crew."

Janet Ellis said...

Now if those aren't the sweetest things. What a great idea for kids too. We have a family party every year with lots of little ones. I'm thinking this will be so much fun. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower (for a minute anyway, as I'm sure someone is right behind me and You can find me over at http://theskinnyonmini.blogspot.com and http://inherpeace-janetsjournal.blogspot.com/ Have a fabulous weekend. ~ Blessings, Janet

Sheila said...

Soooo cute!!!! Those look like a lot of fun to make too!

Julie Harward said...

They are so darling, I love to make these with my little grand kids. Yours turned out so cute! Come say hi :D

Nan said...

Merry Chrisrmas and Happy New Year 2011.

Best Wishes and Happiness.
Nan
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Avery James Photography said...

Wow! That looks way easier than the kit one I did with my son...you can read about my mishap with that here: http://averyjamesphotography.blogspot.com/2010/12/adventures-of-making-gingerbread-house.html

The end result was great, but boy was it hard!! :) :)

Crystal

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Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

These are adorable, Heather! I love the roof on the bottom left. Thanks for the link!

Vera @ Cozy Little Cabin said...

How adorable! Thanks for sharing. I'm thinking even *I* can do these!

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