Butter Box Cottage (For Display Only)

Butter Box Cottage (For Display Only)
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This charming house is made from two Land O Lakes® Butter boxes and frosted with buttercream frosting. It’s a fun activity for the whole family and makes a heartwarming gift or centerpiece.
25 min
Prep Time
40 min
Total Time
1 decoration


House Base & Roof

1 (11x8-inch)
sturdy piece of cardboard
empty Land O Lakes® Butter, boxes


6 cups
powdered sugar
6 tablespoons
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
5 to 7 tablespoons


5 (5x2 1/2-inch)
graham crackers


Assorted candies, see suggestions listed below
Decorator sugars
Edible glitter


  1. Tape ends and sides of 1 butter box shut to form sides of house. Set aside.
  2. Open and flatten second butter box. Cut off 8 side flaps and 1 end flap. Set scraps aside.
  3. To form roof, fold cut box into triangular shape. Tape ends and sides to secure.
  4. Place roof onto first butter box; secure with tape at sides and ends.
  5. Cut out 2 triangles from largest remaining scraps. Tape triangles to each end of roof. (There will be a small empty space at peak of roof.)
  6. Combine powdered sugar and butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough milk for a thick, spreadable consistency. (Frosting should be thick.)
  7. Spread 2 tablespoons frosting on bottom of house, place house onto cardboard base. Spread 2 tablespoons frosting on 1 side of 1 graham cracker; attach frosted side of cracker to 1 side of house. Repeat with 3graham crackers; frost and attach to remaining side and roof.
  8. Break remaining graham cracker in half. Spread 1 tablespoon frosting on 1 side of each piece; attach frosted side of crackers to each end of house. Let stand 15 minutes or until frosting is set.
  9. Use remaining frosting to frost entire graham cracker house and base. Decorate house and base with candy before frosting sets. If candies don’t stick, place a dab of frosting on candy to attach it to house. Sprinkle frosting with white coarse grain sugar or edible glitter.

  10. Candy Decorating Suggestions:
    Roof: wheat or bran cereal squares, frosted cereal squares, etc.
    Windows & Doors: sugar wafer cookies, licorice, graham cracker pieces, round peppermint candies, hard candies with holes, ribbon candy, etc.
    Sidewalk: nuts, pastel wafer candies, round peppermint candies, chocolate stars, jelly beans, flat hard candies, etc.
    Corners of House: small peppermint sticks, candy canes, etc.
    Trees: spearmint leave, gumdrops, etc.
    Fence: thin pretzel sticks, etc.
    Chimney: pretzel nuggets, gumdrops, etc.

Recipe Tips

- Be creative! Take a trip to a bulk candy shop and let your kids have fun selecting candies for the house.

- Frosting needs to be thick to hold candies. If frosting is too thin, beat in powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time.

- Spread leftover frosting on graham crackers for a yummy treat!

Nutrition Facts (1 decoration)

Dietary Fiber

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