Christmas: Healthier Gingerbread House Decorating

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One of our most favorite holiday traditions is gingerbread house decorating. I once placed in a statewide gingerbread house competition when I was in high school, so gingerbread house decorating is a must for us every year. This year, we made Honey Maid graham cracker houses, which are perfect for little hands and they are just so much easier to work with! We also decided to curb the sugar intake and opted for healthier options, like raisins and banana chips, to decorate our house with. This would be a great option for kids with nut allergies or kids who need to avoid sweets. I’ve hosted a few gingerbread house decorating playdates and I’m going to give you my best tips and tricks, in 8 easy steps. 

Step 1: Head to Walmart and pick up a box of Honey Maid graham crackers, along with your other ingredients and supplies.

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Step 2: Cover a kid-sized table with kraft paper and attach to the table with double sided tape. This will make for super easy clean up!

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Step 3: Pre-make all the Honey Maid graham cracker houses, so they are ready for decorating! Attach the houses with royal icing or a little trick of mine is to use a hot glue gun, but keep in mind that the houses won’t be edible if you go with hot glue. I simply made an open box shape with 5 Honey Maid graham cracker squares and attached 2 to make a roof shape on the top. 

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Step 4: Choose your edible decorations. We used banana chips, dried apricots, seeds, cereal, raisins and coconut chips. Instead of frosting, we opted for vanilla yogurt. I recommend adding a couple large popsicle sticks in the yogurt for the kids to use for spreading “snow” on their Honey Maid graham cracker houses.

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Step 5: Set the table. A few simple pieces of decor will make things much more festive. I opted for bottle brushes and doilies to complete my decorating station. Milk was served in old fashioned milk bottles with a matching paper straw.

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Step 6: The Honey Maid graham cracker houses are ready to be decorated! Sit back and enjoy their creativity! The coconut chips make great shingles, the banana chips could be stepping stones and the apricot would make a fun door.

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Step 7: If you went the edible route, with royal icing, the kids can eat their houses for a snack. My kids opted to refrigerate their houses (if you used yogurt, don’t let it sit out), to enjoy after dinner. Make sure to snap a few photos before eating! 

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Step 8: To clean up, simply put the reusable dishes in the sink and wrap the rest in the piece of kraft paper on the table and toss!  

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Be sure to check out more Honey Maid graham cracker house inspiration at DeliciousMomentsOfJoy.com. I’d love to hear about your favorite tutorial!

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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!

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