Christmas Graham Cracker Houses November 18 2009

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Working with an adult, children will love creating colorful, original houses to put on display during the Christmas holiday season. We've all heard of gingerbread houses. Graham cracker houses are made the same way, yet there is no need to bake gingerbread because the crackers are already made.

Creating these sweet, little houses can become a treasured tradition. Clarisa, mother of 2-year old Eliana, has been making graham cracker houses since she was a child. She and her close childhood friend made the houses every year. Each year, the houses became more intricate and detailed. Clarisa invited my 2-year old daughter and I to her home to start the tradition with our daughters.

This craft may be more appropriate for children at home or in small groups. Of course, it's important to check with parents to ensure that the students don't have any dietary restrictions before getting started.

How to Make the Christmas Graham Cracker House

Feel free to use any type of candy you like. Pictured here you see the tray for the house, candy, graham crackers and bag of frosting.
Feel free to use any type of candy you like. Pictured here you see the tray for the house, candy, graham crackers and bag of frosting.

Materials:

  • Frosting in a zip lock bag.
  • Box of graham crackers
  • Candy
  • Plate, tray or cardboard covered with foil.

Instructions:

  1. Make the frosting and put it in zip lock bags. (See instructions below.)
  2. Squeeze the bags of frosting and use the frosting to hold together the sides and roof of the house. You may want to hold the sides in place until the frosting has a minute to dry. Lots of frosting helps the house stay together as it dries.
  3. Use candy to decorate the houses. Put the candy on the frosting to secure it to the house.

Frosting Ingredients: (Purchase ready-made vanilla frosting, or use the recipe below.)

  • 4 cups of confectioners sugar. Add more sugar if needed. We used 6 cups to make it thick.
  • 4 egg whites

Frosting Instructions:

  1. Beat egg whites on high until fluffy.
  2. Mix in confectioners sugar to make the frosting.
  3. Add more confectioners sugar if you need to thicken it up. Start with 4 cups and add more if needed.
  4. Put in a zip lock bag.
  5. Cut the zip lock bag on the corner, so it can be used to put the frosting on the graham crackers.

Thank you to our friends, Clarisa and Eliana, for teaching us how to make Christmas Graham Cracker Houses.