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Ready to get into the holiday spirit?  Make this mini-gingerbread house with your children or students!  Use the completed house as a centerpiece or holiday decoration.

The secret is using two clean, dry paper cartons as the frame and covering with graham crackers and candy.  I have completed this kid-friendly holiday project with groups of children- aged preschool through high school- they all enjoy it and leave with a one of a kind candy covered "house" and a big smile. 

Make a holiday memory today!

Step 1: NEEDED SUPPLIES

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-Newspaper to cover your table work surface (optional)
-2 washed and dried small paper cartons (I used two one cup milk cartons)
-Masking tape and a stapler
-1 plate (glass or plastic- your choice---just make sure it is sturdy and doesn't flex)
-Damp paper towels---hands will get sticky!
-Royal icing with piping bag or can/tube of decorating icing with tips
-Graham crackers- at least 7-8 full crackers (plain/cinnamon sugar/gingerbread flavor- your choice)
-Sugar ice cream cone (optional)
-Green food coloring (optional)
-Knife, scissors, toothpicks---tools to shape cookies/crackers/candies
-Assorted candies/cookies/marshmallows/pretzels
-Confectioner’s Sugar and sifter (optional- use if you want “snow”)

Step 2: ASSEMBLE THE CARTON HOUSE

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Staple the spouts of the two washed and dried cartons closed. Use the masking tape to secure the two cartons side by side (Note: For the picture, I used painters tape- masking tape is what I typically use.)  Make sure you press the cartons tightly together as you tape.

Next, use more tape to secure the carton set to the plate. I suggest positioning the house close to the back side of the plate- this permits more room for decorations in front of the house.

The plate you choose does not matter as long as it does NOT flex which will loosen all the icing "glue" of this project.  You could also cover a piece of sturdy cardboard with foil and use that as a base if you prefer.

The paper cartons become the framework of the “house”. 

NOTE:  For this Instructable and in the classroom, I used two lunchroom sized milk cartons.  You may use any size paper carton you choose.
 
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Mr. tony stark10 months ago
Nice!
Love it!
WhyHello3 years ago
Cute!