Make one elf house or an entire village! Feel free to modify these directions to make houses of different sizes and shapes. Please note: Once it's been glued together with frosting, a house needs to dry completely before decorating. Some kids make the houses one day and decorate the next day.
You Will Need:
* 4 full-sized graham crackers per house, plus extras in case they break
* Icing (in a resealable plastic bag with the corner snipped off for decorating and gluing)
* Paper plate (to display Elf House scene)
* Serrated knife
* Various house-decorating materials: assorted candies, cereal, small cookies, sprinkles, chewing gum, powdered sugar, mini marshmallows, crackers, frosting -- whatever delicious decorations you can dream up!
* Optional sugar cones and green frosting (for tree decorations)
* Optional shredded coconut (for snow)
* Optional spice jars (to hold walls up while you are gluing them together)
1. Gently saw two graham crackers in half for the walls and roof. For each front and back piece, gently saw a peak as shown in the diagram. Please note: This step requires adult supervision.
2. To glue the house together, put frosting on the outer edges of a peaked cracker. Carefully attach the side walls. If needed, use spice jars to hold the walls up as they dry. Repeat with the other peaked cracker.
3. To add the roof, carefully add frosting to the top edges of the house. Gently add the roof pieces.
4. Let your house dry completely before decorating. It might take a few hours or overnight.
5. Decorate! Use your imagination to add windows, doors, and roof shingles. You may add trees made from upside-down sugar cones coated with green frosting. Shredded coconut makes great snow.
Enjoy your beautiful elf house!