How to Make a Milk Carton Monster House

Milk carton gingerbread houses are a fun easy craft for any age!


Halloween is right around the corner, and trick-or-treat night is next Friday where we live. Since we don’t go all out with the super-scary stuff, I always try to find a fun, simple craft for my kids to enjoy together to usher in the upcoming fall holidays. Every year at Christmas time, we make milk carton gingerbread houses. They’re always a huge hit, so this year I decided to do a variation of that and make:

Milk Carton Monster Houses


Super simple fall craft


These little houses are so easy to make that even our three year old was able to participate. All you need are:

small milk cartons (orange juice and little goldfish cracker cartons work well, too)

icing (any color)

graham crackers

an assortment of candy

a butter knife

paper plates or small pieces of cardboard (I cut up cereal boxes)

pretzel sticks (optional- we sometimes use these to make roofs and fences)


Step #1

Using scotch tape, attach the carton to the paper plate or piece of cardboard. (This will be the base.)

Step #2

Using the butter knife, spread the icing over the entire outside of the milk carton.

Step #3

Place the graham crackers along the sides and top of the carton to make the walls and roof. The icing will act as glue and hold the crackers in place. (Variation: Spread icing on the outside of the graham crackers, too, to make the house the color of the icing.)

Step #4

Glue the individual pieces of candy all over the “house” with the icing as the adhesive.


Step #5

Get creative and make little “yards” for the houses.


Step #6

Try not to eat them right away! (Like my kids did.)


As much as I love homeschooling, crafts are not my strong point, so every time I find something that the kids love, and I can handle, I know I’ve found a winner!

Do you have any simple, yet creative, fall craft ideas? I’d love some ideas in the comments!




Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

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