Dec 192013

Camp Grandma had the kitchen table covered with the grandson’s latest holiday craft projects.
Christmas craft house grandkids

Christmas craft house pretzel

Christmas craft house

Christmas crafts

Christmas craft cookie men

Christmas craft pretzel houses

Christmas craft houses

Instead of making gingerbread houses, the kids were eager to try making pretzel log cabins.

This was their chance to build houses similar to when they built cabins with Lincoln Logs.

Snacking on pretzels is another reason why making gingerbread houses, wasn’t their first choice.

This crafty blogger at Sweetopia has house templates to share and many great ideas for uniquely decorated houses.

After downloading the templates, the patterns were then cut out of cardboard.

The grandkids spread “mortar” on the cardboard house shapes made from flour and water glue.  The large and small pretzels were stuck onto the “mortared” cabin sides and roofs.

After a few hours, the cardboard shapes were dry and ready for assembly.  I wish the grandkids could have glued the sides and roof together, but we had too many collapsed disasters in the past.  So, my handy glue gun made quick work of forming the Christmas Cabins.

White frosting added snow to the roofs.  The frosting also helped fill in any areas where cardboard edges were showing.  Then the tasting and sampling began while adding candy canes, m & m’s, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, etc.

The next Camp Grandma project involved making teddy bears and ornament shapes out of cinnamon, applesauce and glue.

By mixing 1 1/2 cups each of cinnamon and applesauce with 1/8 cup glue, our kitchen smelled like Christmas time.

After rolling out the mixture between two pieces of wax paper, the boys used cookie cutters to shape the ornaments.  A drinking straw was poked into some of the soft shapes, so they can be hung with a ribbon.  Drying time was reduced by placing them in the oven on the lowest heat setting for a few hours.

All my grandsons love to ski.  So, it made perfect sense to stand the little bears on pretzel skis.  Now they could move them around their pretzel log cabins.

My handy glue gun came to the rescue again, for permanently attaching the pretzel skis and poles to the bears.

Parchment paper covered large trays, so the grandkids could add their wintry scenes around the cabins.

These creations wouldn’t win prizes at some fancy contest, but are priceless to this Grandma for the fun we had making them.

What homemade decorations are displayed in your home this year?

  10 Responses to “Pretzel Log Cabin with Skiing Bears”

  1. The prize is the fun Noah, Nate and Hayden have making them with Grandma! They will do this with their kids, so Grandma gets that prize too! Traditions give kids stability throughout their life! This is why I love to have Christmas Eve at our house! Since my boys (46 and 48), who each have two boys (9,12,18 and 21) were little it’s been homemade pizza and fun games, the latest of which is passing Catch Phrase around the room! Merry Christmas Everyone!

    • Thanks for the nice comments and my prize is priceless! They work so hard at each project, it’s so cute to share these moments. Your Christmas Eve sounds so very special and I have no doubt that they really look forward to this evening with you and Dan. We wish you a very Merry Christmas to your family too.

  2. This looks like so much fun. I know that my kids would definitely enjoy it. We have a premade gingerbread house kit my mom bought to do this year, but I’ll have to keep this one in mind for next Christmas.

    • I did a gingerbread house kit once with the grandkids. Never again! It was such a disaster that I am having fun trying to “think outside the box” and let them make up their own version of candy houses. I love the creativity and giggles brought on by doing a house that isn’t restricted by a store bought kit. I know their houses wouldn’t win any prizes, but I consider them very special because they made them.

  3. Ahh, I’d like to come to Camp Grandma this season too 🙂 It looks like such fun (and very tasty!). Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas Neva, and everything of the best in 2014. It’s been lovely ‘meeting’ you in the blogosphere this year, and I hope it’s the start of a long and happy friendship. Cheers, Jo

    • Thanks, Jo. My children have traveled many miles to be together this week. So it’s with so much love that I extend to your family too. We wish you good health and blue skies for your travels in 2014.

  4. Wow, you guys did an amazing job! The results are fantastic!

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