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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Christmas Cookie House

The best Christmas crafts are the ones that look great and taste great, too!  Make a Christmas Cookie House and flex your creative muscles.  These adorable cookie houses are great for kids, and they make fabulous gifts for friends and neighbors.  Using all kinds of fun yummy snacks, these cookie houses take food crafting to a whole new level!  Get your kids involved in the kitchen with these sweet Christmas Cookie Houses!

Christmas Cookie House

Materials:

  • Rectangle cookies of any variety
  • Wilton Cookie Icing and/or Cake Mate Writing Icing
  • A sharp knife
  • Candy sprinkles, stars and whatever else you like
  • Tootsie Roll Fruit Flavor Midgies and Frooties (Stick these in your pocket to warm them up, it makes them much easier to work with)

 

Instructions:

  1. Lay out your cookies. The side walls will sit horizontally, while the front and back will stand vertically. Lay your wall on both sides of the front and cut the top of the front into a point, starting at the level of the walls.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  2. Cut the walls as short as you want. Mine are about square. If they’re too long they will look funny.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  3. Using a small amount of icing (ALWAYS SMALL AMOUNTS, OR IT WILL BE TOO WET TO WORK) stick the end of one wall to the outer edge of the back of the front piece. Look at the photo, it will make sense. Repeat for the other wall and back of the house. You may need to hold it for a moment.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  4. I used whole cookies for the roof pieces and carefully beveled the edges at the peak to give them a tight fit.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  5. Hold it for a moment so they don’t slide off.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  6. I used two whole cookies for the base. You can use as many as you like. Building a yard can be is extra fun! Grab a plate or whatever surface you house will sit on and lay the base cookies on, sticking them together with what? A SMALL AMOUNT OF ICING. I also cut two identical pieces to form a chimney. You may have to play with the angle to get it just right.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  7. Cover the top of your base with icing and carefully set your house on it.  This is where I walk away for a half hour or so. You’ll need for the house to be able to hold together when you pick it up to decorate.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  8. Get your Tootsie Rolls out of your pockets and make some design decisions! Here I have pieces of vanilla and fruit punch to make candy canes; vanilla, vanilla to make snowmen, blueberry/cranberry to make hats and eyes, tiny bits of orange for carrot noses and fruit punch to make scarves and bands for the hats; lime for the trees.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  9. Start you candy cane roll by twisting the red and white together.  They won’t want to stick to each other so gently persuade them by rolling and twisting and rolling and twist…You get the idea.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  10. Stick the chimney to the roof and drizzle icing all over the roof. Quickly shake sprinkles on the icing.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  11. Lay your house on it’s back to add decorations to the front of the house. Let them set for a few minutes.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  12. This photo shows how the snowman and his hat go together.

    Christmas Cookie House
     
  13. The trees got a few spots of icing, some sprinkles and stars on top.
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