My mother is kind of a recipe hoarder. From cookbooks, to handwritten recipes on 3×5 cards, scribbled notes on scraps of paper, printouts from the internet, to clipped magazine and newspaper recipes.
She sent me a clipping from the Buffalo News that was so faded I could hardly read the print. On it, I could make out a very cute log cabin made from pretzels. The date, December 1991. She thought it would be a fun project for me and my son (she is thoughtful like that). So, we gave it a shot.
My 3 year old was having a blast gluing together the cereal roof. Between mouthfuls of shredded wheat, he would loudly exclaim “I am the gluing machiner mommy!”. (Do’t worry, he didn’t eat any glue). I helped a little with the alignment when he looked away, but overall I was very impressed with his roofing skills.
When I was fixing the chimney, I had him make the yard and color some grass on a piece of paper. We glued sunflower seeds to make a door path. I used roasted seaweed pieces to assemble the trees, and glued Annies bunny grahams for some wildlife… although the next morning we were missing a bunny!
When its was finished and dry… he played with his matchbox cars, Fisher Price little people, and the cabin for days. Making a miniature house was a really fun project, maybe next year we will build with gingerbread!
* Note, this is a non-edible cabin!
Instructions: Pretzel Log Cabin
- craft glue
- pretzel rods
- pretzel sticks
- shredded wheat cereal
- Cut two 7″ x 3″ cardboard long sides
- Cut two 3.25″ x 3″ cardboard short sides
- Tape them together from inside.
- Cut a 2″ x 7″ strip of cardboard, bend and tape into place to form a handle.
- Cut 2 more roof pieces 7″ long x n” heigh (eyeball it) to form the roof. Glue those onto the handle. Let dry.
- Glue on 5 pretzels for each long side (need drying time between each side), and 5 half pretzel rods for each short side.
- Glue the cereal onto your roof, let dry.
- Glue the small pretzel sticks to cover the gap between the roof and the short side.
Preparation time: 1 hour(s)