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Candy Aisle Crafts
These houses are made by molding cereal in empty milk cartons. Collect a variety of sizes to make a little village. One batch of crisp rice cereal should fill at least 2 pint containers or 1 pint plus two ½-pint cartons, and 1 batch of corn puff cereal should fill a ½-gallon carton (cut down to a height of about 7"), one ½-pint, and one 1-pint carton.

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  • How to bake a rice krispie treat. Cereal Houses - Step 1
    Step 1

    Open the tops of the cartons and cut out the prefolded triangles on the two sides of the carton top, as shown. Close the carton back up and tape closed. Cut the bottoms off and cut the heights down, if desired. Spray the inside of the carton with nonstick cooking spray.

  • Step 2

    Melt the butter in large saucepan set over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted. If you are making trees, put 1 tablespoon of the melted marshmallows into a bowl and stir in the green cereal. Stir in the crisp rice cereal.

  • Step 3

    Spoon the cereal mixture into a prepared carton, making sure to fill the pointy roof. Let cool.

  • Step 4

    To unmold the house, squeeze the sides of the carton to loosen, and then press on the top and push and shake it out. Repeat with the remaining cartons. Reheat the mixture on very low heat, if needed, to soften.

  • Step 5

    To make a tree, grease your hands with nonstick cooking spray and mold tree tops out of the green cereal mixture. Gently push a pretzel stick into the mixture as a trunk. To stand the trees up, cut a thin slice off the bottom of a gumdrop and place the sticky bottom onto the cake stand or serving plate. Use the toothpick to poke a hole in the top of the gumdrop and stick the pretzel stick inside.

  • Step 6

    Use leftover green cereal mixture to make “bushes” with red cereal “flowers,” if desired.

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