We made these graham cracker bird houses for Easter last year and they were SO incredibly easy. Oliver and I literally whipped them up in ten minutes before going to school one morning (but I did already have the coconut toasted, so maybe it would take 15 normally). You could go as over the top as you wanted to, or as simple. I think this year we might decorate the outside with some more melted chocolate or icing. Last year Anna wanted to put some flowers along the bottom of her house, so I can only assume that Oliver will want a dragon or dinosaur of some sort.
After the leprechaun dinosaur we had for St. Patrick’s Day last year I would be shocked if he didn’t find a way to work one into Easter as well.
I used 6 graham cracker squares for each house. One for the floor, three for the sides, and two for the roof. I just melted some chocolate (about 2 tbsp melted for each birdhouse), and used that to hold them together. Melt the chocolate so it’s just melted, so you have to stir it for a minute to get rid of all the lumps. This way it dries nice and quick for you. If you get it too hot, let it cool a bit before starting. I only had to hold the pieces in place for 5 to 10 seconds before it had firmed up.
I used toasted coconut to make the nests. Just draw a circle with the melted chocolate, then top with the coconut. Before topping with the coconut I pushed a pretzel stick into the chocolate for a perch. You could absolutely save a step and just use regular coconut though. The birds are peeps, and I cut a bit of the bottom off so that they sit better (thanks for the suggestions Liz!). For the one on the roof, I cut the bottom off ata bit of an angle. I used Cadbury mini eggs for the birds eggs, but jelly beans would be great too. Melted chocolate held the birds and eggs in place too.
Have fun! These were fun to make, and the kids LOVE them!
Post originally published March 24, 2015