“Make your Own Gingerbread House for Mortimer” Gift Basket

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Family fun is the theme during December in our house. I’m always searching for great Christmas activities we will all enjoy.

This week, I found a winner when we read a Mortimer’s Christmas Manger and created Mortimer inspired gingerbread houses. DIY Gingerbread house gift basketIt was so much fun that I turned our activity into a fun family gift basket so another family can make memories! DIY Gingerbread house gift basket
If you are looking for a fun family Advent activity, a great Christmas picture book themed activity, or a gift basket idea look no further! For a great family Christmas activity or present, create this DIY Gingerbread house experience gift basket.

My family loves the story, Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson. It’s the story of a mouse, who takes up residence in a nativity set, until he learns that the baby he removed from the manger is Jesus. After returning baby Jesus to his bed, he prays for a house of his own, and finds a gingerbread house perfect for a mouse.

After reading Mortimer’s Christmas Manger, why not create your own gingerbread house?  This year my children and I created easier (and healthier) houses out of Graham Crackers with fruit decorations.DIY Gingerbread house gift basket

For the gift basket, simply include the book Mortimer’s Christmas Manger, a box of graham crackers, a jar of icing glue mix, and add a few gingerbread house decorations to help get the fun started! DIY Gingerbread house gift basket

To make gingerbread house glue use 2 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of meringue powder, and 2-3 tablespoons of water.

This recipe is perfect for gifting. Just pour the powdered sugar and meringue powder in a pint jar and add a gift tag label. On the back of the label write “mix with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the icing becomes glue consistency.”DIY Gingerbread house gift basket

Give the gift of a memorable Advent activity this Christmas!Give the give of a great memory by gifting this DIY gingerbread house gift basket. It includes an amazing Christmas story, Mortimer's Christmas Manger and an easy DIY gingerbread house kit for a fun family activity.

My children absolutely loved creating their own graham cracker gingerbread houses for Mortimer. I planned on a group effort for Mortimer’s house.DIY Gingerbread house gift basket

But once the girls sat at the table, it was clear they each had their own ideas. I loved sitting back to watch their creativity and fun! DIY Gingerbread house gift basketOne daughter was completely determined to create her house independently- even if it making a triangle meant eating the graham cracker down to the correct size. While another daughter ate more shredded coconut snow than made it to her house.DIY Gingerbread house gift basketDIY Gingerbread house gift basket

I’d love to hear your experience making a house for Mortimer! Easy DIY Gingerbread house tutorial inspired by Mortimer's Christmas Manger. Perfect activity for advent, 12 books of Christmas or a give as a gift basket.

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  1. Oh my goodness. This is one of the cutest gifts I’ve ever seen! My nieces and nephews are all teens+, but I hope I can remember it for when my own kids have kids. 🙂

  2. This little basket is such a great idea! We don’t have this book but I know my daughter would enjoy it and love creating a house for Mortimer!

  3. My little cousins would love to make their own Honey Maid house. The shredded coconut is a great addition. And this will make a delicious treat.

  4. I love the idea of giving a Gingerbread house kit in a basket as a gift! We decorate gingerbread houses every year.

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