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Peppermint Milk-Carton House in the Woods


Even very young children can get involved in making a snowy tableau like this one. Create the peppermint house and landscape on a thick bed of royal icing spread over a piece of sturdy cardboard or an overturned baking sheet, then gather your new candy friends -- mice, snowmen, and whatever else you dream up -- for a stripy, sugary party of their own.


  • Royal icing
  • Assorted peppermint candies
  • For the Cottage: Milk carton
  • Masking tape
  • Licorice lace 
  • For the trees: Styrofoam cones
  • Mint ball candies


  1. Step 1

    Make a cozy hideaway with a small dairy carton (put masking tape over the indentations at the top), a cup of royal icing, and an assortment of candies. We used peppermint squares for the door panels and licorice laces for window frames.

  2. Step 2

    Styrofoam cones, available in many sizes at crafts stores, are the foundation for the peppermint trees. Coat with a thick layer of royal icing, and trim with flat candies and a mint ball for the top.

Martha Stewart Kids, Winter 2005