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Gingerbread House Craft for Kids

Nothing captures the holiday spirit as well as a gingerbread house, and this tweet twist on the traditional favorite will give your party or home a decorative focal point that everyone will be talking about.

Simple to make, this gingerbread birdhouse takes very little craft skill and can be created in under an hour. I stuck to a traditional red, white and green color scheme, but the beauty of holiday houses is that you can create any style by varying the candy supplies and colors you use.


Wooden birdhouse

2 bags of Hard-boiled peppermint candies

Holiday Cement (instructions below)

1 Box of Graham Crackers

Variety of small red and green candies

White Frosting for accenting the roof

1 box of red licorice ropes


Step 1: Coat the roof in white frosting and layer the graham crackers on the roof, taking care to apply a thick coat of frosting on to the underside of each cracker to ensure they stay in place. Do the same for the sides of the house.

Step 2: Once the crackers are in place, apply a thick base to the bottom of each peppermint candy and place them along the outside of the roof to trim the roof top and then place the red licorice ropes along the rim before allowing the candies to dry in place.

Step 3: Coat the front of the birdhouse in white frosting and then layer with Holiday Cement to create a colorful front to your birdhouse. Along the entrance to the house, trim the whole with a holiday wreath using the red and green small candies. 

Step 4: Before completing the house, look for gaps where further frosting or Holiday Cement can be applied and then trim the top of the house with white frosting to create a tiled look to the rooftop.

To Make Your Holiday Cement:

Time is not always an easy thing to find during the holiday season, and short cuts are always a welcome blessing when you have a number of holiday treats to create.

This simple holiday cement recipe takes all the hassle out of holiday decorating and gives your sweet treats that extra holiday sparkle without all the effort.


A bag of hard-boiled peppermint candies

2 cups of powdered sugar

5-10 tablespoons of whole milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


Remove your candies from their packaging and place into a large zipper plastic bag. With your rolling pin, smash the contents of the bag until your candies have broken into small bits. Then, add the sugar to a mixing bowl and gradually add the milk and vanilla extract. Stir the ingredients together until you have the desired thickness. Add more sugar to create a thicker paste, or more milk to create a thinner icing. Once you have your desired thickness, add the broken peppermints to the mixture and stir until fully blended.

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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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