Easy to Make Graham Cracker Gingerbread House

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Square feature image of a S'more Gingerbread House made with graham crackers, chocolate bars for a roof and marshmallows for snow.

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!

Finished S'more gingerbread house with tropical flowers in the background.

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!




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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.

Instructional photo showing how to cut the roof line side graham crackers at an angle on the other side to make a s'more gingerbread house.
Cutting the graham crackers.

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.

Instructional photo showing frosting spread on a plate as a base to make a s'more gingerbread house.
Add frosting to a plate where you will build your graham cracker house.

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.

Building a gingerbread house out of graham crackers. Process photo of piping store bought vanilla frosting to hold two sides of the house together with a thick base of frosting already spread onto a plate as a foundation.
Assemble the walls of your gingerbread house.
Instructional photo showing all four sides put together to make a smore graham cracker gingerbread house.
4-sides assembled.


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STEP 4: Add The Roof

Pipe more frosting onto the top edges of the graham crackers and add the roof pieces.

Instructional photo showing frosting piped onto the roof to finish a smore graham cracker gingerbread house.
Pipe frosting onto graham cracker edges to finish the roof.

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.

Closeup feature image of a S'more Gingerbread House made with graham crackers, chocolate bars for a roof and marshmallows for snow.


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Vertical image to Pin to your Pinterest boards to come back to later. Photo shows a finished gingerbread house made out of graham crackers and piping frosting. This is a S'more gingerbread house decorated with chocolate bars for the roof and marshmallows for snow.



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