Crafting with Kids: Gingerbread Houses

December 17, 2014

It's December, which means our annual Gingerbread Houses program is back! This program fills up so quickly every year that we have to turn people away. But never fear! This month's craft post is here to help!

It can be really easy to make your own gingerbread house at home. Here at the library, we use a cardboard house form, icing, and candy to make decorative creations. It doesn't get much easier than that! Cardboard templates can be found online or, like us, you can design your own. Just tape the pieces of heavy paperboard or cardboard together well so they don't come apart. You can also make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers or traditional gingerbread.

Once you have a form, use icing to adhere your decorations to the house. Icing can be bought at the store or you can make your own. We use all kinds of candy, cereal, pretzels, and marshmallows to decorate our houses. You can choose any or all kinds of treats to make your gingerbread house complete!

And that's all it takes to make your own gingerbread house! It can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like. Younger children can even make their own with adult supervision! Just be sure to take a picture of your creation before someone sees it as a tasty treat! Here are just a few houses kids have made at the library over the years. Have fun!

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