Martha Stewart Kids, Winter 2005
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.
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.
Assorted peppermint candies
For the Cottage: Milk carton
For the trees: Styrofoam cones
Mint ball candies
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.