How to Make Glued Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses: Quick & Easy Construction Plans

This weekend we are hosting a little get together for CJ and a couple of his cousins -
a fun, highly anticipated, annual gathering to bake cookies and decorate gingerbread houses.
I had high hopes of making our houses from scratch this year; I even ambitiously bought the cool cookie cutter set. Though after a week that didn’t really go as planned,
I resorted back to the trusty ole quick, easy, and always reliable Graham Cracker House Plans.

Since all of the kiddies are under six, I took pleasure in constructing the houses before the actual party – to not only save time, but to reinforce them as well – 
preparing them for the little, innocent, crafty hands that will soon be taking over.
There are many different creative ways to construct a graham cracker gingerbread house – these are our tried and true foolproof plans.

6 full graham crackers are needed for each house…
Cuts are made using a sawing motion with a sharp serrated steak knife.
Note the angle of the roof on the ‘front’ piece is cut using the ‘side’ crackers as a guide. 
Once the ‘front’ piece is cut, lay it on top of another full graham cracker and make the same angled roof cuts to create the ‘back’ piece.
When complete you should have the following:
A Front and Back Piece – both cut exactly the same
2 Full Graham Cracker Side Pieces
2 Full Graham Cracker Roof Pieces
Hot glue is used to construct and reinforce the houses….lots and lots of hot glue.
It dries quickly, holds very well and helps to stabilize the house while it is being decorated
 by the little hands.
The optional chimney is made from the cut scraps and hot glued together, as shown above.
And don’t forget the door.
Once complete hot glue the entire house to a plate or piece of cardboard for added stability.
If any hot glue shows through it can be covered during the decorating phase.
I’ll be sharing our finished masterpieces next week.

For being so inexpensive and taking just a few minutes to prepare
our little guys definitely get a kick out of this creative holiday craft.

Of course I highly suggest an adult prepare the houses shown above
and due to the use of hot glue – these are just for show only. 

Have a wonderful weekend ~ enjoy.
                  

Comments

  1. I make these every year but they don’t look this nice! :) I also use icing as the glue and make smaller houses. I’m going to try your method..this looks great!

  2. Love this! I had thought of decorating gingerbread houses with my kids this year, but they get so bored waiting for the frosting to dry. This idea is brilliant! They can get right to the fun part…candy and frosting! :)

  3. How very, very cute. What a fun idea for the kids to make these, too! xo Diana

  4. My Daughter is 32 but I think she might enjoy making 1 when she comes down for Christmas :)

  5. oh those are so cute! adding this to my Christmas pinterest board!

  6. Hope you don’t mind I pinned this to a HUGE Holiday Galore board we are part of on Pinterest. I was so excited when I saw this and wanted to share it with others!

    Blessings!
    Amber

  7. Absolutely genius and thank you for the photo tutorial. I’d never though about using hot glue. Brilliant!

  8. So cute! I just love them :)

  9. What a great way of making a gingerbread house–so much quicker and easier than doing it all from scratch. Nice!

  10. How fun. This is a great alternative to full sized, larger gingerbread house. I pinned and shared. It’s a wonderful idea!!

  11. Love it! Thank you so much for sharing! My 3 year old has asked several times this season if we could buy a gingerbread house but the kits can be spendy. After seeing your post I realized we have everything on hand to make one. :)

  12. When I taught first grade we used a halfpint school milk box for the base, then glued graham crackers onto it. Easy, sturdy, frugal!

  13. I just wanted to let you know that I did hot glue some ginger bread houses and my kids and I decorated them. It was so fun!! Having the house hold together took all the stress out of decorating. I left extra graham crackers on the table in case the kids wanted to snack. :)

  14. What an awesome and less messy was of making a gingerbread house. Will re-pin

  15. What an awesome and less messy way of making a gingerbread house. Will re-pin

        

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