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Thread: Kids: Mini "Gingerbread" House
11-25-2002, 09:04 AM #1LissGuest
Kids: Mini "Gingerbread" House
This is a craft project with food - yum!
7 graham crackers
Frosting for glue (recipe below)
Assorted small candies for decorating
1/2 pound confectioner's sugar
3 tbs. butter/margarine
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 - 2 tbs. Milk
Mix all the ingredients together until smooth and spreadable, not runny. Add
more sugar if too runny.
If you have a pastry bag, place frosting in bag and use a small tip. If not you
can use a zip lock bag cutting a small whole in the corner.
Place one graham cracker flat on the table, squeeze a little frosting around all
edges. Know you may need an extra pair of hands.
Place one cracker on each side standing up, now looks like a box with no top.
Carefully squeeze more frosting on all outside corner top to bottom and around
the bottom of the box.
Let stand for a short while to let frosting harden a little. This will make
working with the roof a little easier.
Now squeeze frosting on two of the top edges of the box and place the last two
graham crackers in a V shape on as the roof. Looks like a triangle on a box now
from the side. May over hang if you can get the frosting to hold for you.
Squeeze frosting along the top of the roof where crackers join. Let stand again
until frosting hardens a little.
Now comes the fun part - with left over frosting cover the roof to look like
snow. (two sides are left open) Then squeezing small amounts on candy place
candy on the house to decorate. You can use the frosting to add things like
doors and windows. Just use you imagination.
After project is totally dry string ribbon through to open side of the roof and
hang on Christmas tree.
If you want to do this project with young children, you might want to make the
base house ahead of time, gluing the corners from the inside - and let it
harden. Then turn them loose with frosting and small candies to do the
Special Note: This craft is safe to eat, but if you would like to save your
treasure for years to come you can use a spray varnish in a well ventilated
area. (2 - 3 coats of varnish)
Submitted by Cindy Caldwell
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