Easy Graham Gingerbread House


Gingerbread Houses are an all time favorite holiday activity! Make with your child or tailor the recipe for a group of children. It was an annual school wide activity and with the help of staff, parents and teachers it was a fun filled afternoon. Photo is of a gingerbread house the girls made when they were two years of age at a play date without the milk carton.


Gingerbread Graham House
  • 1 Milk Carton (1/2 pint size) Rinsed, dried and stapled shut on top. It is easier for young children to build with the milk carton giving it shape and structure.

  • Sturdy Paper Plate, Meat Tray or Cardboard Piece.

  • Small paper cups/containers for frosting and popsicle sticks, wooden ice scram spoons for younger children. Plastic Knife for older toddlers. Spoon to scoop frosting into cups.

  • Sheet of Wax Paper or parchment paper.

  • 5 Squares of Graham Crackers (Honey Maid Brand)

  • Icing: See Recipe Below

  • Assortment of Decorating Items: Small M and M's, Fruit Loops, Trix, Miniature Marshmallows, Raisins, Dried Cranberries, Pretzels, Small Candies like Gum Drops, Candy Corn and Red Hots. You can also use crushed candy canes and sprinkle.


  • Newspaper, plastic table cloth or shower curtain liner to cover tables
  • Plastic bag with tie to hold completed house
  • Small freezer ziplocks to make icing bags
  • Paper towels or wet wipes for clean up

Icing Recipe

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Box of Confectioner's Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
  • Beat Egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy.
  • Add sugar and beat 5-7 minutes more (until peak consistency).
  • Store in an air-tight container. Refrigerate if not using right away.


  • Place a dab of frosting under the milk carton and secure to the paper plate, meat tray of cardboard piece.
  • Spread icing on four squares of graham crackers and stick to sides of the milk carton for walls.
  • Break the last graham square in half. Spread on icing on the cracker and put on top of the slopes of the milk carton for the roof.
  • Fill a ziplock bag and snip corner. Squeeze icing out to fill in all spaces where milk carton is visible.

  • Decorate!

  • Use extra crackers or broken pieces for windows, doors, chimney, etc.
  • Put two mini marshmallows together with frosting to make a snowman next to the house.
  • Make a fence around the house by using gumdrops and a pathway to house using M and M's.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Have pictures of gingerbread houses available for children to see.
  • Small Containers to put icing in while decorating. (Take out only small amount at a time because icing will harden.
  • Glue the milk carton to plate ahead of time.
  • This is great activity for a kid play date or Christmas party.

Other Gingerbread House Ideas

gingerbread house from a mold
This is made using a silicone mold similar to this one on Amazon. See the one posted below. It seems to be popular and sometimes out of stock or may be seasonal so I added a second one with good ratings to consider. The one I use was from Chef's Toolbox. I make it up to a week in advance of decorating it and we use the same icing recipe posted above. This is great for 2-4 children to decorate together. It makes a great Christmas tradition too!