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.