Valentine Gingerbread House

  This weekend, the boys and I made our own Valentine Gingerbread house using graham crackers – we like to call ours The Love Shack! :)

Valentine's Day Gingerbread House using graham crackers.  So fun for the kids!
I could not get the B-52’s “Love Shack” out of my head the whole time we were making them.  “The Love Shack is a little old place where we can get together….”  I even sang it to the boys.  They were not impressed…

For the houses, I just used some store bought icing, mixed in some cream of tartar to help it stick a bit better {add about 1/2 tsp cream of tartar to 1 cup of icing}, and about 8 drops of red food coloring for that Valentine’s look!  If you really want to make your own icing you can find a recipe here.

Valentine's Day graham cracker houses.
To form the house, you need 7 graham cracker squares.  Cut one of the squares diagonally with a serrogated knife for the front and back of the roof. {hint: place your Graham cracker in the microwave for about 20 seconds before cutting it so it doesn’t crumble} After your have assembled your house, let it sit for about 20-30 minutes to allow time for the icing to set a bit.  Surprisingly, we had no troubles with our houses collapsing {Gingerbread house disasters of Christmas’s past were floating around in my head!}.

I put some of the icing in a Ziploc baggie and cut off the corner to pipe the icing around the house.  Matthew added some sprinkes to his {and as many candies as possible that would fit onto the front of his house!}

Valentine's Day graham cracker house.
“Love shack, baby!  Love shack, that’s where it’s at!”

I think the boys ate more candy than they actually put on their houses but apparently they had fun! {And yes, they are total goofs!}

Valentine's Day graham cracker house
So grab a few graham crackers, lots of candy and head on down to the

Valentine's Day graham cracker house!

“Bang, bang, bang on the door baby!”

This would be a fun activity to do for a Valentine’s Day party too!



  1. says

    I’m new to your site so this question might be dumb, but are your boys twins? They are so cute! Anyways, glad to see they didn’t mind working with pink candy and icing!

  2. says

    So cute! We make decorated graham cracker houses at Christmas time but I didn’t think of doing it at valentines day. We are going to have to do some soon! I was totally singing Love Shack! :)

  3. says

    Hi Jenn, What a darling idea & what cute boys. It reminds me of my own not that long ago. It goes fast, so enjoy this time when they want to do stuff with you! BTW, thanks so much for popping by my blog & leaving a sweet comment. It was great hearing from you.

    Warmly, Michelle

  4. says

    Have you seen the Veggie Tales movie, “The Wizard of Ha’s”? When they find the Tin Man, Jr. says,”Tiiiiiin Man…..rusted”. I was the only one laughing. The kids thought I was nuts.

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