December 16, 2010

Gingerbread Houses

None of the gingerbread houses that I have made in years past ever made it to Christmas....due to structural problems.

This year, I used a glue gun to apply all of the roof shingles and windows and doors etc..


"I think the kids got to it," my husband said slowly.

I am now regretting my ingenuity.

20 comments

Deanna said...

And THAT is why we don't make 'em at our house. LOL!

Mal said...

Ooo, and no undies for one little boy, either...that's not gonna be fun!

petite hermine said...

Lol, that's hilarious! Maybe the glue gun wasn't such a good idea :)

Donda said...

I am thinking you guys are going to have some plumbing issues in the next few days LOL

Tina said...

Funny! I make several of them every year with my childcare kiddos. I buy the Wilton frosting because it turns to cement. :o) We call them "Grahamcrackerbread Houses". I construct them the night before using the Wilton "squeeze bottle" of premade frosting...for easy application. They harden overnight then the kids use the tub of Wilton premade white frosting to attach their goodies. We use whatever is in the cupboard. Marshmallows, cereals, crackers and then I buy a few candies. We have dropped them on the floor before without them breaking!

Yvette said...

Gingerbread houses never make it to long at our house either. Even when I tell them there made with glue and especially if they've put the glue on themselves. I'm not to sure what's wrong with my kids. Maybe it's from eating too much glue in the past:)

eliana23 said...

Yuck. Maybe (maybe) they will learn something from the experience.

KJS said...

If it's your frosting that's the prob, try mixing together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. No butter. That mixture (depending on how runny you make it) turn hard. I just used it on Gbman last night.

chantal said...

Hello. Switch to Costco gingerbread houses. Houses are preassembled. They have all icing and candy included. Under $10.Super fun.Kids love them and so will you.

Renny said...

3 egg whites, 1 tsp cream of tartar, one pound powdered sugar, vanilla (best recipe for GB House frosting)...

All in one small child's stomach. . .
Oh dear.

My houses always look super ugly. Someday I will change that. Someday.

Jenny Richards said...

I use hot glue too, but only to glue together the actual house. Then I use royal frosting for the candies. That way the structure is sound but if they eat the candy (which they will) it doesn't matter.

The Cloth Diaper Connection said...

lol, on no! That is funny - last year the kids made one at grandma's house. I guess she used nail polish to hold some of the stuff together...oops. Needles to say the kids figured out which pieces to stay away from.

kario said...

Genius! Except that I can't have a hot glue gun in my house because the younger one uses it for evil. So we basically don't make gingerbread houses because they make me crazy when they start to collapse and the kids cry.

Anonymous said...

Let the kids each make their own little house w/ graham crackers. They can then do with it as they will.

Lisa said...

You are just too funny! If I had not had five kids of my own I would think you were making this stuff up. I will say it's much funnier when it happens to someone else, but it is important laugh. Either you keep a sense of humor or you lose your mind!

Bella @ If This is Motherhood said...

I despise any activity like that and I try really hard to let my husband do all the kiddie craft crap lol.

Cindy said...

They'll be ok - didn't you know those kids in elementary school who ate glue? Sure, maybe they're in jail today, but they're alive, lol!

Mrs. Tuna said...

Well as long as you don't use super glue I'm sure the little tykes will be just fine.

Lisa said...

Funny I just came to your blog after i just attempted to make gingerbread houses w/ my kids. Here I am trying to be a good fun crafy mom and all that happens is tears and yelling. Grrr....

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog, it's great! I have four kids ages 3 through 7 so I can relate to your gingerbread house woes. I just found the key to gingerbread houses this past Christmas (thanks to my 6 year old's teacher) so I thought I'd share -- better late than never. Use small milk cartons (cleaned and washed) and attach graham crackers using icing to each of the four sides and two for the roof. You can use any icing because the crackers are so light they easily stick to the carton. Kids can decorate immediately with more icing and candy. Inexpensive, easy and fun! My younger two kids ate theirs immediately and the older two saved their houses for our Christmas centerpiece. Be sure to put a paper plate under each house as this is a messy project! This was the first year we had no collapsing and no tears.