Let’s make a Graham Cracker gingerbread house!

We show you how to assemble and decorate an easy Graham Cracker gingerbread house. This is such a fun holiday activity for the whole family.

graham cracker gingerbread houses
Gingerbread houses for Christmas made out of Graham Crackers.

Making Graham Cracker gingerbread houses are a fun activity for the whole family this Christmas. There’s no need to bake gingerbread, and all you need is one box of Graham Crackers to make 4 mini houses.

Related: Whimsical Gingerbread House Coloring Pages!

How to make a Graham Cracker gingerbread house

We are going to use Graham Crackers, royal icing, assorted candy, and mini marshmallows to make adorable Graham Cracker gingerbread houses for Christmas.

ingredients to make graham cracker gingerbread houses
Ingredients needed to make Graham Cracker gingerbread houses.

Supplies needed to make a Graham Cracker gingerbread house

Instructions for making a Graham Cracker gingerbread house

How to cut graham crackers to make a gingerbread house.
Cut Graham Crackers to make the front, back, sides, and roof of a house.

Step 1

Cut your Graham Crackers (as shown above) to make your house. You will need a front and back, two sides, two pieces for the roof, and a door.

Graham Cracker cutting tip:  Use a bread knife to cut the Graham Crackers in a saw-like motion. Don’t cut straight down or they will break in the wrong spot. Instead, carefully move the knife back and forth across the Graham Cracker until you’ve cut off a section.

how to assemble graham crackers to make a house
Assemble your Graham Crackers to resemble a house, gluing each piece together with Royal Icing.

Step 2

Use royal icing in a piping bag or a plastic bottle to pipe icing around the edges of your pre-cut Graham Crackers. Attach each piece, beginning with the sides being attached to the front and back. Now add the roof, and then the front door. You can also cut out windows and a back door too if you like. Use leftover pieces to cut out triangle trees, or crush them to sprinkle on the ground to make a path.

Set the house aside so that the royal icing can completely harden before you begin decorating.

A gingerbread house being decorated with candy.
Decorate your Graham Cracker house with assorted candy.

Step 3

Decorate your house with candy. Use the royal icing to attach each piece. It may take a few minutes to harden so place the house on its side or back, especially when attaching things such as a doorknob, or anything that might roll.

We used the following candies to decorate ours, but go crazy, there are so many options available. You could use a color scheme such as blue and silver, red and green, or really bright fun colors.

  • Nerd ropes
  • Marshmallows
  • Gingerbread men cookies
  • M&M’s
  • Mike and Ikes
  • Crushed and mini candy canes
  • Sixlets
  • Tootside fruit chews
  • Christmas sprinkles

One thing that my daughter did was break up the mini marshmallows and stack them on top of a chimney so they resembled smoke. You can see it in the very first image.

Tip: Try not to eat all of the candy as you are assembling. I might have indulged in a few too many M&M’s.

Our finished Graham Cracker gingerbread house
A Graham Cracker gingerbread house decorated with Nerds ropes, Sixlets, crushed candy canes, and marshmallows.
Yield: 4

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House

graham cracker gingerbread houses

Make a gingerbread house for Christmas out of Graham Crackers.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $15-$20


  • Graham Crackers
  • Royal icing (gingerbread house glue)
  • Assorted candy, marshmallows, and cookies


  • Bread knife
  • Piping bags or bottles


  1. Using the bread knife, cut your Graham Crackers to make a front, back, two sides, two roof pieces, and a door for your house.
  2. Pipe royal icing around each Graham Cracker piece, using it like glue to assemble your house.
  3. Decorate your house with candy, cookies, marshmallows, and more. The royal icing will help everything stick on.

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  1. We have been making gingerbread houses for years even after my children have grown. We have made them from graham crackers, cookie cutters, & freehand patterns. We always set them out under the bird feeder after Christmas & enjoy watching birds eat them. 🙂