One of the most fun things we love to do with kids at Christmas time is to build super cute gingerbread houses. The combination of crafting and cooking is such a fun activity for kids, and they LOVE to eat up their creations, filling their tummies with yummy treats – after we spend sufficient time admiring our handiwork, that is!
But have you ever tried to spread the magic around? St Patrick’s Day will be here very soon, and I’m ALL ABOUT these fantastic little Leprechaun Houses! Similar to the gingerbread homes, these little shacks are made from graham crackers, so there’s no baking involved. Just a lot of creativity! Plus, it’s the perfect chance to talk to your kids about their Irish roots and the legend of St Patrick.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Green Candy Melts
Air Heads Xtreme Bites (rainbow gummies)
Wilton Sparkle Gel in black, green & white
Green Colored Sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons water
Hint: You will need four crackers to make one house. Buy extra because they often break in the package.
You can also make royal frosting for these.
For each house, you need four graham crackers. Break two in half so you have four squares to make the roof and sides. Using a bread knife, gently saw two large graham crackers as shown to create the sides of the house. Repeat until you have the desired number of house parts.
Mix 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of water and stir well to remove any lumps. Spoon into a piping bag and seal. Cut the tip, pretty small and begin to assemble your houses. Place a short square graham cracker on a flat surface. Pipe frosting on each side and affix the longer sides of the houses. Finally, affix another square side to create a cube shape. You may need to wait a minute for the sides to set to continue and add another. Or, prop the graham crackers up with something for about a minute.
Set half assembled house on a plate. Affix roof with remaining two square pieces. Let set for a few minutes for icing to harden.
Attach to the plate using icing. This step is strongly recommended to prevent the house from moving.
Decorate as desired and wait for your little leprechaun to move in!
How stinkin’ cute are these?? I love them so much. I think it is important to keep the leprechaun theme by using LOTS of green and LOTS of rainbow colors. They are such adorable little houses, and your kids are going to ADORE putting them together and decorating.
You can really let your imagination loose with these, creating not just the house itself, but bushes, trees and even grass! This is the perfect edible craft for schools, daycares or for parents to do with their kids on a rainy weekend.