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Butter Box Cottage (For Display Only)

Butter Box Cottage (For Display Only)

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.

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25 min
Prep Time
40 min
Total Time


House Base & Roof

1 (11x8-inch) sturdy piece of cardboard

2 empty Land O Lakes® Butter, boxes


6 cups powdered sugar

6 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

5 to 7 tablespoons milk


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


Assorted candies, see suggestions listed below

Decorator sugars

Edible glitter

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Tape ends and sides of 1 butter box shut to form sides of house. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Open and flatten second butter box. Cut off 8 side flaps and 1 end flap. Set scraps aside.

  3. STEP 3

    To form roof, fold cut box into triangular shape. Tape ends and sides to secure.

  4. STEP 4

    Place roof onto first butter box; secure with tape at sides and ends.

  5. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 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.

Tip #1

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

Tip #2

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

Tip #3

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

Tip #4

Nutrition (1 decoration)

0 Calories
0 Fat (g)
0 Cholesterol (mg)
0 Sodium (mg)
0 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
0 Protein (g)
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