An easy and fun way to make a graham cracker gingerbread house!
Have you ever made a gingerbread house? We’ve made handmade gingerbread, bought pre-made kits and when my kids were in preschool we would use a milk box as the base for a house.
I have to say I prefer making gingerbread houses with just a piping bag of frosting and graham crackers. It’s easy and you get right to the fun part, decorating! Adults and kids will love making and decorating this easy gingerbread house. It’s made with graham crackers, store-bought frosting, and candies to decorate.
Note: step 5 is the most important step to creating a gingerbread house that won’t fall apart while decorating!
We made ours for Christmas In July, we called it our S’more Gingerbread House and decorated it with summer-time watermelon candies but you can certainly make this magical little house for the holidays!
So gather up the supplies below and let’s make a gingerbread house out of graham crackers!
- Graham crackers
- Chocolate bars (optional)
- 1 16 oz. tub of Vanilla Frosting (I do not recommend whipped frosting for this DIY)
- Mini marshmallows
- Candy to decorate
- A piping bag
- A serrated knife (like a steak knife)
- A butter knife
- A dinner or serving plate
How to Make a Graham Cracker Gingerbread House – 6 Easy Steps
STEP 1: Cut the Graham Crackers
You’ll need four graham cracker halves (two for the roof and two for the short sides of your house) and two full graham crackers (for the two tall sides of our house).
To make the tall sides with peaks, you’ll need to cut two full-sized graham crackers. Cut your graham cracker at an angle above the halfway mark (from corner to corner) as shown below.
Use a serrated knife (like a steak knife) and make a light sawing motion with your knife to score the graham cracker. Then break off the edges. An adult should do the cutting.
STEP 2: Make a frosting base
Use a butter knife to spread a good amount of frosting onto a plate where you want your house to sit.
STEP 3: Assemble the Sides
Stand two graham crackers on the frosted part of the plate and assemble the sides by piping frosting onto the edges (inside and outside). Continue by adding the third then the fourth side.
Grab a plastic milk jug to make this cute Christmas gnome.
STEP 4: Add The Roof
Pipe more frosting onto the top edges of the graham crackers and add the roof pieces.
STEP 5: refrigerate
Let your graham cracker house set up in the refrigerator for at least an hour before decorating. VERY IMPORTANT — Don’t skip this step!!!
STEP 6: Decorate
Decorate your Gingerbread house with small candies. Use your piping bag of frosting to add frosting where needed to hold candies, and sprinkles in place. Attach chocolate bar pieces to the roof and place mini marshmallows around the base of your house for snow.
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