This derelict Graham cracker gingerbread house got the best of me


Have you ever made a graham cracker gingerbread house?  I still haven’t!  And after this fiasco, I may never!   

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House

My grandson and daughter-in-law made a gingerbread house using a kit one Christmas.

I wanted to help.

I wanted to add flower boxes with colorful snow covered primroses.

Let’s put a Christmas tree sitting in the window.

We need a doormat that said, welcome.

See why it was best I didn’t help.

Can you tell my favorite toy was a dollhouse?

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This year I thought, “I can make a gingerbread house using graham crackers.”

It will be easy!

I can spend time decorating it…

and it will have a doormat.

I headed to the store to buy the biggest box of graham crackers I could find.

On a quiet afternoon with Christmas music playing in the background, I gathered my supplies.

A collection of glitter, candy snowflakes, and jimmies came out of the cabinets.

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House base

The dream house needs a cool place the sit. Notice the wood base?

My Inspiration

I’m thinking a farmhouse gingerbread house.  Like this playhouse at Target.

The Crumbles

I open the big box of graham crackers. There’re eight packages in the box.  When I open a package, the graham crackers crumble. That’s okay! The crumbles will make a sidewalk.  I open another package of broken graham crackers. I’ll use these for reinforcements inside the house.

The next package has a few whole pieces.

I’m on a roll.

Gently I lay out my plans.

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House crumbles

The frosting

Then I mix the frosting or glue. Below is my recipe.

1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon meringue powder
Tablespoons water

Mix adding more water to the consistency of wet cement!

The frosting plops into the pastry bag.

The Build

Now, I start gluing the gram crackers. As I added the “glue” the cracker broke.

I was flabbergasted when I turned my head to look back at my creation and a cracker broke. I wasn’t anywhere near that cracker!

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House gluing

Pulling up my determination pants, I kept going.  Gluing one broken cracker after another.

The dogs became fascinated. They stood there looking at me and tilting their heads. My frustration was thick in the room. The pups could feel it.

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House inside

I made the first box adding lots of inside reinforcements.  My glue, cement, frosting took about 5 minutes to set up.  

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House standing upright

I made the second box.  Then, attached to ever so gingerly to the first box.  I reached into the big box of graham crackers and pulled out the last package of crackers.  Each cracker in the pack…

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House stop


I don’t consider myself a quitter, so I tossed the house in the trash and…

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House sq

made Daddy’s cookies from the broken pieces.

Then, headed to the sofa for a long winter’s nap.

The pups

Only to have these two licking my hair, elbows, and knees of my jeans.

Yes, I had frosting everywhere!

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