When the holidays come around my kids are instantly asking when do we get to make the gingerbread house? They love to make the gingerbread house so much that I was forced to find a quick and easy way that the kids can make the gingerbread house with little parental involvement. My children make this quick and easy gingerbread house every year for their grandmother. It has become somewhat of a tradition in our family and the kids just love it.
What you will need to make the quick and easy gingerbread house:
Graham Crackers- at least on box
White Cake Frosting
2 Large pieces of Cardboard
How to make the quick and easy gingerbread house:
The cardboard is used for two purposes. The first purpose of the cardboard is to hold the house on. For this you will simply lay the cardboard flat on the table. Make sure that the cardboard is an old box that is very sturdy. If necessary, you can layer more than one piece of cardboard to make the surface even sturdier. It must be able to withstand a significant amount of weight without buckling. You may also use a cookie sheet for this part of the project however if you plan on giving your gingerbread house away you will also be giving away your cookie sheet which is why I use cardboard.
The second purpose of the cardboard is to layout the format of the gingerbread house itself. You will first build the gingerbread house out of cardboard and then the graham crackers will be pasted to the cardboard with a mixture of powdered sugar and water. It is not necessary to make the gingerbread house out of cardboard first, however this step does allow you to make a much larger gingerbread house with the graham crackers.
Once you have laid out the entire form of the gingerbread house in cardboard, mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar with a small amount of water. Add just enough water to the sugar to create a paste and then you can glue the graham crackers to the cardboard. Form the house using the glue that you made and allow the unit to dry completely. This sometimes takes a long time based on the amount of water that you added to the glue.
Once the gingerbread house has dried completely, you may begin the fun part-decorating! This can be done in so many ways and the final outcome is truly up to the imagination. Last year out gingerbread house was more of a gingerbread town that we brought to the family Christmas party. The cardboard bottom was lined with a piece of plastic and then we layered coconut shreds all over to make it look like snow. This came out really cute.
For the roof of the house my family likes to use white cake frosting on the entire roof and swirl it up so that it looks like snow. You can also make the frosting sort of drip around the edges of the rooftop to create an even more realistic look.
Use a mixture of powdered sugar and water as well as the cake frosting to glue the candies to the gingerbread house. Red hots as well as Christmas M & M’s make great little ornaments on a gingerbread house. The gumdrops are excellent for use around the bottom of the house. In the end, the way the gingerbread house looks is truly just up to your imagination. I usually let the children create the decorations on the house because this is the most fun part and there really isn’t any right or wrong.
Last year’s gingerbread house for our family was a true hit at the Christmas party. Everyone wanted to know where we got the idea as this was the first year that we brought the house to my husbands’ parents rather than to my parents. Try making the quick and easy gingerbread house with your kids this holiday season. It will surely be a big hit that your family will want to recreate year after year!