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Happy Week of Christmas! How on earth did that happen? This month has whirled by for us in a fun and crazy blur and I can hardly believe that Christmas is practically here! Since we’ve been so busy I’m packing many of our yearly traditions into one fun, festive marathon this week.
One thing that the kids have always loved doing is making a holiday village that’s edible. This time of year is jam-packed with so many treats, however, that added one more extra load of sugar just never feels like a good idea, and we often ended up throwing most of it away. I didn’t want to spoil the fun, but I knew that there had to be a better option that giving them one that was loaded down with sugar.
Then during one of my runs to Walmart to pick up the very last minute items we needed for this week, I picked up a box of Honey Maid graham crackers. They made me remember the awesome Honey Maid Holiday Houses I saw last Christmas made out of Honey Maid graham crackers and I knew that was the perfect option for us this year! I picked up a box and the other ingredients I knew we didn’t have at home and then we were set for our fun edible craft.
I decided that it would be even more special if this year we created our houses to go along with the story The Littlest Christmas Elf, one of our favorites that you might remember me talking about in our Favorite Christmas Books post. In the story, there is “the big house” which is Santa’s home, and then a bunch of smaller little houses that make up the Christmas village. I decided it would be fun to recreate this scene with our Honey Maid Holiday Houses.
Edible DIY Christmas Craft
Here are the ingredients we used to build our houses:
- Honey Maid graham crackers
- Royal Icing (I bought an easy-peasy mix for this in the cake aisle at Walmart, but there are tons of great from-scratch recipes on Pinterest if you’re feeling extra ambitious)
- Square Pretzels (perfect for windows, doors, and fences)
- Dried Coconut (for snow)
- Dried Pineapple chunks
- Dried Mango Slices
- Mini Marshmallows (my one concession other than the icing for sugar per the kids special request)
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Mini Yogurt Dipped Pretzels
- Foam Poster Board (this is optional, but it makes it really easy to flip the houses around for decorating, and also makes it easy to move it around when done, and it’s very)
Here’s how to put together your Christmas village! If you have older kids, around age 7 and up they can help you construct the houses. For under 7 years old I’d recommend putting the houses together and then having them decorate the houses with your help.
First you’ll want to lay out your Christmas village by breaking up the graham crackers and doing a test run by holding them together to make sure the pieces will fit the way you’re planning on. Then (if you’re creating a village/more than one house) lay them out on the board in the arrangement you’ll be using so that it’s all prepped when you have the frosting in hand and are trying to work quickly.
Now it’s time to make the icing! No matter what icing or recipe you decide to use you’ll want one that is very stiff and dries hard and quickly.
Once you mix your icing up you’ll want to place it in a bag for piping. You can purchase a fancy piping set at Walmart, or you can just use a plastic bag and cut a small hole in the tip (that’s what I did this time). Make sure the hole is tiny to start out, you can always make it larger if needed.
As you pipe the frosting line, hold the graham cracker beside it so that you can see how long the line needs to be. Then place the cracker firmly on the icing and pipe an extra line on the outside to support the cracker.
Continue to do this for all the walls, and then frost the sides as well. Continue to build the walls of all the houses in your village before you start on the roofs. This will give time for the walls to set up before putting weight on them and make your village stay standing and pretty!
Once your village walls are in place it’s time to put on the roofs! Use the frosting to place graham crackers across the top to create the roof. Using the icing to fill in any holes or gaps.
For our houses we wanted open vaulted ceilings for Santa to be able to take off of with his reindeer so all the elves could watch. Also, we made them just because the kids insisted it would “look cool”.
Next use the icing to create the roof style you want for your village. Once these have completely hardened it’s time for the fun part–decorating! We used both the icing and peanut butter as our “glue” for decorating the houses, yards, and creating a path throughout the village. The kids absolutely loved it, although we had a minor meltdown when Tyler broke a roof off temporarily, so a mommy tip is to only have them use the very light decor for the rooftops.
This is the fun part! Put on some Christmas music, take lots of pictures, allow “sneaks” of the treats and talk about the Christmas season and your children’s lives and what’s going on with them right now. This is all about creating memories, not Pinterest perfect houses, so keep that in mind!
Once it’s all beautiful and setting up to dry it’s time to read the story together!
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and spend a week full of laughter and love with your family! For more inspiration for your Honey Maid House check out all the beyond amazing Blog Posts & Ideas Here!