12 DIY Day’s of Christmas: Day 3

To celebrate the Christmas season, I’ve asked some of my closest(and most creative) friends to share with us their favorite holiday DIY projects.  I’m excited to introduce you to my friends as well as their great ideas!  They will be sharing recipes, decorating ideas, projects you can do with your kids and more. Stay tuned for the next few weeks, and hopefully we will all be inspired to be creative this season!

Today, my Mom is sharing with us her mini gingerbread houses made out of graham crackers.  These are perfect to make with your kids, and definitely liven up any countertop.  The only problem I’m having is Posey keeps “accidentally” breaking things off and eating them!  In a few days, I’ll be posting about my mom’s full size gingerbread houses.  They are beautiful, and she’s even taking orders for Christmas!

Thanks mom for sharing!






Judy Moore’s Mini Gingerbread House

Item’s you will need:
Royal Icing
quart size zip lock bag(to pipe on icing)
graham crackers
candy to decorate your house
cardboard wrapped in foil(for the house to sit on)
crunchy oat squares(thatch roof..this is optional)

Begin your project with a piece of cardboard covered in foil for your base. I cut the graham crackers with a sharp knife in the shapes shown in the photos. I always use royal icing to “glue” the house base to the platform because it dries VERY hard. You can put your icing into a quart sized freezer bag and snip off a small corner of the bag for easy application. The Recipe for Royal Icing is included in the package of Wilton Meringue Powder. You can buy meringue powder at Michael’s. If you can’t find meringue powder, just google a recipe for a similar icing that calls for egg whites.  Assemble the house with royal icing. You can see how we assembled the house in the photos below.  Add your roof and let your house sit for a little bit to dry. Now it’s time to decorate!  There are really no limits to what you can use to accessorize your house!  I recommend spending a moment on the candy isle for inspiration!



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21 responses to “12 DIY Day’s of Christmas: Day 3”

  1. Amber says:

    These are adorable!

  2. Angela says:

    Wow, these are wonderful! going to have to give them a try! LOL, best thing about it… no baking 😉

  3. Ellie A. says:

    Hmm I see a weekend project for my kids & I coming on! Thaks for sharing.

  4. I have always enjoyed looking at them but never made one, not even in Girl Scouts, LOL 🙂

  5. Heather Monk says:

    Oh those are so cute! I’ve always wanted to make a gingerbread house but never had. I might need to do that this year if I get enough free time! Loving all these DIY ideas!

  6. JCAllen says:

    Simply, simple and simply beautiful.

  7. Connie says:

    I have made these for my preschool class to decorate at Christmas for years and initially had problems getting them to stick together quickly with the icing. I found that melting white sugar in an electric frying pan and dipping the edges of each wafer in it and then assembling it as you go works great. Be careful – the melted sugar is HOT but works like Crazy glue and hold great. If you use paper plates to put the house on for the kids to decorate, dip the bottom in the sugar and it will stick to the plate and won’t slide on to the floor when they are finished with it.

  8. Kayte says:

    How did you get the one cracker to be pointed/angled for the roof?

  9. Kayte says:

    How do you get the cracker to be so pointed with out it breaking? Every time I try cutting a graham cracker into a million pieces.

  10. Heidi Jaster says:

    Use an exact-o Knife to cut the point, I have even used hot glue to glue the house together, if you are not going to eat it and then let the kids decorate it.

  11. Cat says:

    Oh these are perfect! I’ve always loved making them but hate gingerbread! Now I can make my house AND eat it too!

  12. jen says:

    We do this every year and the best tip I have found is that you can use a container of premade white icing (any brand) and stir in a few tablespoons of the Wilton Merigue powder right into it. The powder makes it set quickly and securely and you don’t have to go thru the process of making the royal icing bc works just as well.

  13. Rorodi says:

    wow……. that’s amazing!!! how cute +_+

  14. Luciana says:

    Hi im Luciana from Argentina, great and cute idea, thanks for sharing!!!

  15. Melody says:

    Kelly, I should have read the directions a little more carefully. I really wanted to make my houses look like your wonderful little homes….it didn’t turn out exactly. LOL! Next time I’m using the ROYAL icing as you suggest. Epic fail on my part! You can check out our creations via http://testingtrendy123.blogspot.com/2012/12/tornado-strikes-gingerbread-village.html

  16. Carla Allen says:

    We are making these at my daughter’s annual Cookie Party next week! Thanks!

  17. Sylvia says:

    Just made 28 of these tonight for my class! A-dorable! Thank you so much! Thanks also to Connie for the tip on using the melted sugar! It worked like a charm. My class will be thrilled with these beauties!

  18. da kyeong says:

    Wow it`s wonderful. I envy you!! Um..I have a question..Can you tell me that ring-shaped candy`s product name?(I`m not foreigner so, I unaccustomed to using English. I beg your understanding.)

  19. diana johnson says:

    What brand of graham wafers did you use? I can only find square ones!

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